Marathon

After the Reggae Marathon is there anything to do in Negril?

There’s not much to do in Negril. 7 miles of white sand beach with the warm, crystal-clear Caribbean Sea gently lapping on the beach shores is usually enough to cap off a Reggae Marathon running vacation.  It does for Sally and I anyway. We generally get up early and head directly to the beach grabbing our coffee on the way.  After settling into our lounge chairs, we look at each other and i ...[Read More]

Top 10 reasons to indicate you’re a real runner

I hate it when someone says to me, “oh…you like to jog”.  I DON’T jog.  With gritted teeth I gently correct them:  “I’m a runner”.  So what’s the difference?  Here are the top 10 things that differentiate joggers from runners: You know you’re a runner if you speed up when you see another runner in front of you while you’re on your long slow distance run If you like running in the cold ...[Read More]

Tapering your training for the Reggae Marathon

The toughest thing for me is to taper my training before a big running event.  It’s no different again this year with just a few weeks to go now before the Reggae Marathon.  I still feel the need to do speed work and my weekly long slow distance run. Ramone Williams the intrepid Reggae Marathon go-to-person put together some training tips about eating and hydration to maximize your performance. It ...[Read More]

Staying cool and hydrated at the Reggae Marathon

One of the biggest challenges running any marathon is to stay properly hydrated.  If you’re coming from the cooler climates of the northern USA, the UK or Europe, hydration is even more important.  I had the same concern last year before I ran my first Reggae Marathon and even though I read about the bagged water and Gatorade, I still over prepared.  Yes that’s me in the picture below ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon gets endorsement from The Heart Foundation of Jamaica

The Jamdammers received an endorsement from The Heart Foundation of Jamaica for staging the Reggae Marathon. Very cool. I especially love the line, “Run for your life”. According to Deborah Chen, Executive Director of the Foundation, “We applaud the work of the Jamdammers; the continued growth of Reggae Marathon is a testament to their commitment to provide world-class road races and i ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon 2010: One of the world’s “10 Best Marathons”

When all of us, runners and walkers take to the street in Negril on Saturday, December 4 for the 10th staging of the annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10 K, “this will not only be a test of endurance but a show of success.” At the media launch in Kingston yesterday, Jamdammers Running Club president Emile Leiba, noted that “after ten years we can safely say that the Marathon is achieving ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon, “Once you go, you’ll know”, by Bob Moore, Washington Running Report

The Reggae Marathon is in its 10th, and what looks to be its best year. It’s held every year on the 1st Saturday in December and runs on December4th this year.  Diane Ellis, Sponsor Director and Administrator of the Reggae Marathon, reminded me that the Reggae Marathon has a program that gives one FREE entry to any of the 3 Reggae Marathon events, in Negril, Jamaica. This is an opportunity f ...[Read More]

The Reggae Marathon Run… Respect!

Respect! That is the answer to a frequently asked question from out-of-Jamaica runners about how to handle the temperature at the Reggae Marathon. For most runners from USA and England, training at home for warmer Negril temperature in December is a challenge. Some tips: 1. Plan to run a little slower. 2. Hydrate. Take advantage of the bag water and Gatorade at every mile aid station. 3. Wear a ha ...[Read More]

“How I fell in love with the Reggae Marathon”, George Colombo

In 2004, my 50th birthday fell on a Saturday. This made the idea of running a marathon on my birthday a distinct possibility. As I looked around to see where marathons were to be held on the big day (i.e. one of those birthdays that end with a zero), one race stood out, Jamaica’s Reggae Marathon. Before I knew anything else about it, I knew that it possessed an attribute that was singular an ...[Read More]