Well now, that certainly seems like a fair question. First, unless you live in the tropics (I don’t) you probably have to travel and when you get there it could be hot – in December, coming from Canada, a LOT hotter. This is generally good, but remember I said the intention is to actually run a foot-race.
OK, so I’m not talking about any marathon in any tropical place, I’m talking about Negril, JA and the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K. My wife and I have history with Jamaica. Once I made the decision and started preparing, magical things happened. I met people on-line, through this blog, who I later met in person and who became actual (vs social media) friends. My first Reggae Marathon experience (2011) ended up being the 10K, but
I was hooked by just about everything about it. I can’t think of another event that feels the same, and none where the organization is any better. If you have the time, you can really relax into the experience. It wasn’t hard to know I had to go back and I’ve now done the Half Marathon too. Hmmm, only one thing left to do!
Having raced for 30 years I can say each event is something in its own right. You run each for what it is and how you must. I love the build-up, the start in the dark, soft fragrant air, the music, the volunteers, the other competitors, the unique finish and overall feel of doing this with about 1400 of my newest friends! Some go to excel, but most just want the Reggae Marathon experience. That would be me. Seems like I’ve become 100% Jamaican by association! Ya mon! See you December 7!
This guest blog post was from Dan Cumming from British Columbia, Canada. Dan is a Seasoned Runner, a published book author, Running in the Zone, and a dedicated blogger, Running in the Zone. Dan has experienced two Reggae Marathon’s so far and is planning his third this December. Thanks for submitting a great post Dan.
Until next time…
Reggae Marathon RunninGuy (aka Sugar ‘Tuff Gong’ Bong)
Click here to register online for Reggae Marathon, December 7, 2013: Reggae Marathon Registration.
For more information check the Reggae Marathon Web Site.
Click here for more details on Reggae Marathon’s Abe Issa Award for Excellence.
This is a link to the Official Reggae Marathon 2012 Race Video.