December 8, 2024
Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Races

Kari-Ann Wanat won the Lottery

Kari-Ann Wanat won the lottery.  Literally!  At the Reggae Marathon booth at the New York Marathon back in 2010 she filled in a ballot for a trip to Negril for Reggae Marathon.  And won!  Since then she’s been back every year!

“I’m a true New Yorker from New York, NY. I’ve been running for 7 years.

When I went to Jamaica for a vacation in February 2010, I saw a sign for The Reggae Marathon. That’s when I set my goal to return.  I decided then  that I was going to return in December 2010 to run the half marathon despite never having run more than 2-3 miles for sports as a child. It took me a while to get motivated to start running but in June 2010, I started to become depressed with work and life in general. I started to run as form of therapy. Since then, I haven’t stopped running.

I fell in love with Negril, and now Jamaica as a whole. In addition, when I attended the NYC Marathon expo in November 2010, I entered the lottery to get free entry and a hotel for the Reggae Marathon and I won. I knew that I was meant to go back and run!

Since then, I have made many friends who make the yearly trip to Negril for the race.  Three years ago, a few friends from New York City came down with me and some continue to come back!

Every year I go to the Reggae Marathon, I meet new people; people who are now my friends. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit them in Minnesota, Maine, Illinois, and California…all while traveling the country to run a marathon in each state. I love Reggae Marathon and will continue to promote it and come back every year. There aren’t many race where you get a fresh coconut, Red Stripe, and the Caribbean at the finish!”

Kari-Ann, we’re looking forward to seeing you in your ‘second home’, Negril, this December. Thanks for sharing your Reggae Marathon Experience.

Until next time…

Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong)



Register for Reggae Marathon, December 2, 2017: Reggae Marathon Online Registration
For more information check the Reggae Marathon Web Site
Here are videos showcasing the Reggae Marathon Experience: Reggae Marathon Video