All systems go for Reggae Marathon
Among the overseas-based marathoners expected to participate in this weekend's Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K in Negril, are two runners from the Tottori Prefecture Marathon in Japan and nearly 400 from the Reggae Runnerz group of the USA. Other runners from more than 30 countries have confirmed their attendance.
However, Diane Ellis, Sponsorship Director of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, says the Reggae Runnerz have remained the largest contingent in recent years.She noted that the club members continue to boost the economy of western Jamaica by planning several parties and visits to attractions over their minimum four-day stay on the island.
"Reggae Runnerz have also adopted the Green Island School and donated generously to the institution, in addition to giving tremendous support to the students participating in each year's event and those who go to the annual Penn Relays overseas," she said.
Planning progressing well
Ellis said that the planning of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K is progressing well, with plans in place for the annual signature World's Best Pasta Party, hosted by the Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association today at Couples Swept Away from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring the Silver Bird band, together with local artiste Shyam Moses. The party spirit will continue tomorrow morning from 7 to 11 during the awards ceremony at Long Bay Beach Park, with DJ Venom at the controls.
Participants in the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K will need to pick up their packages today at Couples Swept Away Sports Complex from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
"We continue to put emphasis on the environment each year with our own 'greening team' - supported by Recycling Partners of Jamaica - gathering discarded plastic bottles for recycling and this year the partnership continues," Ellis said.
The 18th staging of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, which is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, will take place on a course certified by the IAAF to serve as a qualifier for any international event requiring qualification for a world record, or to enter such events as the Boston Marathon, which need a qualifying time for participation.
Among the partners of this year's event are: The Jamaica Tourist Board, PUMA Running, Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, the Ministry of Health and volunteers from Negril as well as Green Island.