Reggae Marathon registration picks up pace
In just over three months since registration opened for the 15th staging of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K on December 3-5 in Negril, there has been a 28 per cent increase in the number of persons registered compared to this time last year.
"I am really heartened by the great buzz locally and internationally around this year's event, especially as we celebrate the 15th anniversary of what has become a well-organised international event, which combines runner enjoyment with an island vacation," said Alfred 'Frano' Francis, race director of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K.
He noted that registration opened in early January this year online at: https://www.reggaemarathon.com/local_registration/. On that same page is a link to an entry form, which can be downloaded and taken to the Reggae Marathon offices at 87-89 Tower Street, together with a registration fee. Francis, though, reminded participants that no registration is valid without the payment of the required fee.
Early Bird fees
He advised that there will be discounted Early Bird fees for the various categories up to July 31 and that the registration fees will increase on November 30. Late registration will be facilitated on location in Negril between December 3 and 4.
"We suggest that persons begin training from now and we encourage you to visit our website at http://www.reggae marathon.com/training/, where there is a programme mapped out to guide participants as to how to get ready for the selected event and a countdown as to the number of days and seconds left for the big events," Francis outlined.
He said other opportunities exist for training through participation in a series of monthly road races being organised by Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K leading up to December 5. A list of these can be downloaded from: http://www.runningeventsja.com/events.html.
The Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will start at 5:15 a.m. on Saturday, December 5 at Long Bay Beach Park on the Norman Manley Boulevard, which runs along Negril's famous seven-mile white sand beach.
The course loops into the town of Negril, then heads north towards the town of Green Island. The mostly flat course is an International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF)-certified marathon, half marathon & 10K.
Under IAAF rules, a maximum 3,000 participants can be accommodated.