8 December 2015: With the highest ever number of registered participants and over 2,000 finishers, the 15th staging of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K event held in Negril last weekend, was the most successful to-date.
Nearly 1,400 overseas runners and about 990 locals participated in the event.
No Jamaican broke any of the course records, but Jamaicans took home trophies for three of the five events.
Jamaican Dwayne Graham won in the male category of the 6.2 mile-10K in 32 minutes 02 seconds, while Danielle James of Jamaica came in first among the females in the 10K in 39 minutes 53 seconds.
The Half Marathon male winner was Jamaican Kirk Brown, who crossed the finishing line after running 13.1 miles in 1 hour 12 minutes 11 seconds for his record fifth Half Marathon victory. Brown won the event in 2009, 2010, 2014 and 2015. In the meantime, the Half Marathon female winner was Canadian Heather Colasuonno in 1 hour 20 minutes and 01 second. Jamaican Merrica James came in second in the Half Marathon female category at 1 hour 28 minutes 15 seconds
The winner of the Reggae Marathon male category was Polish Bartosz Olszewski, who completed the 26-mile race in 2 hours 36 minutes 03 seconds, while Elina Junnia of Finland won the female category of the Reggae Marathon in 3 hours 8 minutes 50 seconds.
Runners from over 30 countries participated in the three events which began at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 along the Negril main road to the sounds of Reggae music on and off the looped course. As is customary, the race ended with a Beach Bash Victory Party, massages on the beach and frolicking in the blue Caribbean Sea in between sips of Red Stripe beer, while participants and spectators danced to the Upright Roots Band, Digicel Rising Stars and headliner Kabaka Pyramid.
The JHTA & FAME FM-sponsored Pasta Party was a huge success, so was the Digi Rig, which brought out a large number of Reggae Marathon participants and members of the Negril community to the Burger King Parking Lot in the Negril Square as part of the entertainment package which was organized by Jamdammers Running Club, conceptualisers of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K annual event.