Running Stories

A Few Friends

A Few Friends

Reggae Marathon allows us to connect with a few friends.  Quite a few friends actually.  It starts at the Pasta Party, this year, Saturday, December 1 and continues before, during and after Reggae Marathon on Sunday, December 2.  This year we’re looking forward to making a few more friends. Until next time… Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ...[Read More]

Everything I’ve Got

Everything I’ve Got

“It’s supposed to be a vacation…why am I giving it everything I’ve got?” We’ve heard that refrain from many a runner at Reggae Marathon.  The answer is that deep down we’re all competitive and with the finish line in sight, we dig deep and give it everything we’ve got.  Always knowing that it’s not us versus them but ‘us versus us’! ...[Read More]

Why I run

Why I run

Why I run?  That’s a question answered by Lori Saggers of Ontario, Canada.  “When we saw the the billboard in Negril last November, I have been dreaming of coming back ever since to run it this December.  Negril is an amazing place, with friendly people, fantastic music, yummy food and of course, that cold refreshing Red Stripe!” I run because it’s free I run because I can ...[Read More]

The Dream is Real

The Dream is Real

“I’m really here…the dream is real” is a common refrain at Reggae Marathon each year.  For some it takes a couple of years for the dream to come true…others only a matter of months.  Behind the dream is often a highly personal goal for some and a bucket list Experience for others.  No matter, the dream is real when Race Director Frano sends us off at 5:15 am from Long ...[Read More]

Deb’s 50th

Deb’s 50th

Deb Thomas will be back in Negril December 2 for Reggae Marathon.  And this year it’s Deb’s 50th birthday and she plans to celebrate in style: I was born in Jamaica, grew up in Upstate New York but now call Cambridge, Massachusetts my home.   I’ve been running since I was a senior in High School. I really wasn’t serious or passionate about running until my freshman year in ...[Read More]

Runner Roll Call

Runner Roll Call

OK, time for runner roll call.  Checking in with the running groups we know of so far who are running in Reggae Marathon this Sunday, December 2: These are just a few of the 500+ Reggae Runnerz from the US, , post-race.  Yes, running gear and all, a dash into the Caribbean at Long Bay Beach Park.  Lisa Laws is the ringleader…she’s already been in Negril checking things out for 2018. Of ...[Read More]

Sunny in Amsterdam

Sunny in Amsterdam

Amsterdam.  It’s been know to be overcast and drizzly but today it’s Sunny!  An explanation…we’re talking about runner Sunny Schippers, a native of Amsterdam who’s coming to Jamaica for Reggae Marathon, Sunday, December 2 this year. I’m from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 36 years old and @mistermarathon on Instagram, where I post about my marathon adventures. With 59 ma ...[Read More]

Global Running Day, June 6

Global Running Day, June 6

Global Running Day is Wednesday, June 6.  Will you be joining in? As it has been posted already in our website , AIMS World Running for the last three years New York Road Runners (NYRR) has promoted ‘Global Running Day’ which this year falls on June 6. The objective is simple: to support and engage runners and running organisations in encouraging people to ‘make the pledge’ to run on Global Runnin ...[Read More]

Runners in the Dark

Runners in the Dark

We start Reggae Marathon in the dark.  Yes, the 5:15 am start time is pre-dawn by an hour or so.  That’s one of the unique features of Reggae Marathon and for us early morning runners, a good thing.  Torches light the way right at the start and streetlights provide additional illumination but take care for the first half hour or so.  Then as dawn slowly breaks, enjoy the sunrise over Negril! ...[Read More]

Happiness is…

Happiness is…

Happiness is… Going for long run early in the morning and watching the sun rise above the horizon A raised finger and subtle head nod as you pass a runner approaching you Running with nothing but running shoes, shorts and singlet.  And a hat if you must! Talking to running friends on Facebook and Instagram.  Love seeing and hearing about their exploits running and in races around the world A ...[Read More]