Navin Sadarangani’s Reggae Marathon

I first learned about the annual marathon in Jamaica early in 2010. Back then I was in the Bahamas and I wanted to use the Reggae Marathon trip to visit my brother & his family in Jamaica. During one of our training runs in March with my friends from the ‘Bahamas Road Masters’ running group, the topic came up and while a couple of others seemed interested too.  By September I was committed to ...[Read More]

The perfect recipe for the Superbowl

Jerk Chicken + Deluxe Fried Rice + Red Stripe = the perfect Reggae Marathon recipe for watching the Superbowl in Dallas this Sunday.  While the recipe below may not beat the offerings we get at the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party, they are quick and tasty and are sure to hit the spot this Sunday. Do you have any favourites planned for the Superbowl this weekend? Jerk Chicken Chicken legs, thighs, wing ...[Read More]

What are your favourite running shoes?

Over the years I’ve run in every brand of running shoes that exists.  Asics, Nike, New Balance, Saconey, Adidas, etc. I have tried every style including running flats, trail shoes and even the bizarre ‘air pump’ shoe that didn’t have laces!  Because I have fairly wide feet and have been dealing with falling arches, I am now more concerned than ever about proper fit and less so about style.  ...[Read More]

Heinz Simonitsch School Key Club Fund raising at the 2010 Reggae Marathon!

“Singing in the Rain”.  At the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party last December as we huddled under the thatched hut to wait out the rain shower, I met a group of kids from Heinz Simonitsch School Key Club who really were singing in the rain.  They were running in the Reggae Marathon as a fund raising project.  I was impressed with their energy and passion.  Here is the letter I received from Camel Ferna ...[Read More]

Taking a break from the Reggae Marathon

I never thought I’d ever say those words about the Reggae Marathon.  For the past 18 months I’ve talked about nothing but the Reggae Marathon whenever I’ve talked about running:  from planning my first Reggae Marathon in 2009 through the 10th anniversary Reggae Marathon last month in Negril.  But as Diane…and my super supportive wife, Sally…advised recently, “It’ time for a break ...[Read More]

Olympian Carrie Tollefson at Reggae Marathon 2010

It rained Friday night at the Reggae Marathon Pasta Party but it did not dampen the vibe. In fact at the press briefing that evening the buzz intensified because we all had to jam into the media tent. One of the people I had the opportunity to meet was Olympian Carrie Tollefson. She and her husband were in Negril for the Reggae Marathon of course (she ran in the 10 K). I loved the opportunity to r ...[Read More]

The top 7 reasons why running is better than…

There are so many reasons why running is better than… where do I start?  Here are my top 7: You always finish tired and happy You can do it with your clothes on Running increases your heart rate You can run and think You can run by yourself You can stop and walk while running Running clears your head There you have it.  My top 7 reasons why running is better than…sleep!  What did you t ...[Read More]

I don’t feel like running today!

I woke up this morning and just couldn’t pull myself out of bed to go for a run.  It was dark, cold and raining.  The cozy bed and an hour’s more sleep exerted a strong invitation to simply turn over and hit the snooze button.   I lay there for a few minutes luxuriating in the bliss of not having to face the pavement. It lasted about 5 minutes before my mind slowly turned to the running.  Once I f ...[Read More]

Have a very merry Reggae Marathon Christmas

Christmas is a fantastic time of year!  Hustling to get ready is part of my annual ritual because no matter how much I plan, these next couple of days before Christmas are very, very hectic.  But no matter, I love the anticipation of getting together with the kids and combined families. Even though my kids aren’t ‘kid’s any more I still have fond memories of barefoot little boys running ...[Read More]

Making a friend at Reggae Marathon 2010

Nearly 40 years ago I had one of those experiences that stick with you forever.  It happened while my 3rdform class at Campion College was on our hike to the top of Blue Mountain Peak and when I think about even after the passage of so many years, it still brings back great memories of friendship and shared experiences. That hike up the highest mountain peak in Jamaica was the ‘big one’ for our cl ...[Read More]