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Voice Mail headlines at the Reggae Marathon Victory Party

The Reggae Marathon Victory Party starts early and continues throughout Saturday morning at Long Bay Beach Park.  Once through the finish chute and after you’ve received your medal, grabbed a coconut and maybe even a Red Stripe, it’s time to enjoy the entertainment. The headline act at the Reggae Marathon Victory Party is Voice Mail, the biggest unintentional secret in Dancehall/Reggae music since ...[Read More]

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]

What’s it like to run in Negril in December in the Reggae Marathon?

How hot is it?  Because we get runners from the northern United States, the UK and Europe, that’s likely the most frequently asked question about the Reggae Marathon.   Yes it’s warmer than northern climates…that’s the reason you’re coming to Negril…but the Reggae Marathon race organizers are well prepared to help you get through it successfully. Let’s deal with the temperature.  Negri ...[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]

Mile 13.1 of the Reggae Marathon

I knew it would be a long and challenging experience at the Reggae Marathon.  I run and train all year in temperatures significantly colder than the mid-70’s at the start at 5:15 am.  And unlike the Team Lipstick gang from New York who arrive early for the Reggae Marathon and set up their training base in Negril at the Rock House in the West End, I really won’t have time to fully acclimatize again ...[Read More]

See you on the beach after the Reggae Marathon in Negril

My favourite time of day is just before sunrise.  When I worked the all-night shift years ago, the hours between 4 am and 6 am were my favourite.  The late-night crowd were winding down while the early risers were just getting started.  It was the quietest time of my shift.  Early morning is also my favourite time of day for running.  There’s less traffic on the roads and it’s usually quiet.  I wa ...[Read More]

New York City runners in record numbers at 10th anniversary Reggae Marathon

Calling all UK runners!  And from Canada as well.  It looks like there will be a record number of runners from New York at our event in Negril on December 4.  Don’t miss the party!  Diane, Gina and the Reggae Marathon team had a very busy week at the ING New York Marathon Expo.  Runners who visited the Reggae Marathon booth had the chance to win free race registration and hotel.  And Puma Ra ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon at the ING New York Marathon

Less than 30 days away now!  I can hardly wait.  I’m breaking in a couple pairs of new shoes over the next couple of weeks and am  racing for the first time in a pair of minimalist flats.  I am looking forward to meeting all of you at the Reggae Marathon Expo and especially at the Pasta Party Friday night. In the meantime, I’ll have to live vicariously through the Reggae Marathon team ...[Read More]

Reggae Marathon at the ING New York City Marathon

I wish I could be at be at the ING New York City Marathon Expo with the Reggae Marathon  gang this week.  Unfortunately a little thing called ‘work’ kept me away. I’ll just have to live vicariously through updates from Diane and the Reggae Marathon team.  Stop by the booth and say hi.  And tell them what you think of the new Reggae Marathon medals…I love the new design! Make sure you stop by ...[Read More]