The Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon is Jamaica’s premier International Marathon Event. Marathoners, sports enthusiasts as well as beginners, converge in Negril, Jamaica’s capital of casual, for a fun event characterized by good vibes and lots of Reggae music.
Enthusiastic supporters come out along the looped, internationally certified course to support participants. Meanwhile, hard working volunteers offer uniquely packaged water and re-hydration fluids at every mile. The pulsating Reggae music on course also keeps participants in an “irie” spirit, as they burn the mileage.
Other related Marathon events, like the internationally rated gourmet Pasta Party and Registration & Expo, have participants and supporters alike, humming with activity. The Finish Line Beach Bash affords everyone an opportunity to relax on the beach with special offerings and entertainment geared towards having the best time.
All in all, the Reggae Marathon Event is uniquely Jamaican with an international appeal.
Where is the Reggae Marathon?
The Reggae Marathon is located in Negril, Jamaica. A sleepy fishing village at Jamaica’s western end only a few decades ago, the keen visitor can still see fishermen and boats leaving for pots with nets at dusk or dawn. Now one of the premier vacation destinations in the world.
When is the Reggae Marathon?
The Reggae Marathon event is always the first Saturday in December: 2014 – December 6; 2015 – December 5; 2016 – December 3.
Can I walk the full marathon, half marathon or 10K?
Running and walking are allowed at the Reggae Marathon in the Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K events, as is customary at most international events.
What is the best airport to fly into from the United States to attend the Reggae marathon?
The best airport to fly into is Montego Bay – approximately an hour’s drive away from Negril, home of the Reggae Marathon. Some hotels in Negril offer airport transfers – if not our local transportation partner JUTA NEGRIL, provides discounted rates for the event. Here is a link – www.jutatoursnegrilltd.com.
What does my entry fee include?
Your Entry Fee includes free entry to our world’s famous Pasta Party and Finish Line Beach Bash and T shirt, bling medal and other goodies. Have a look at our Fact Sheet for additional details.
How do I get the start line on Race morning? Are there shuttle buses available?
There will be shuttle buses on race day available to anyone who want to traverse the course. When you come to collect your race packet at Registration in Negril, it’s a good idea to let us know where you’re staying. Once you come out to the main road, outside your hotel, you can take the shuttle to race start.
What time does the race starts? And, what is the average temperature around that time?
The race start is 5:15 am and the average temperature is the low 70 degrees F.
Are jogging strollers allowed in the race?
Jogging strollers are allowed in the race. In the interest of safety, we do request that you line up at the back of the pack at race start.
Can I change my event after I registered?
Yes. You may change when you come to collect your race packet at Registration in Negril. You may also send us an email if you decide to change weeks ahead of race day.
Are there free shuttles available on the days of packet pick-up and/or for the pasta party?
No, our local transportation partner JUTA NEGRIL, provides discounted rates for ground transportation to these events. Here is a link –www.jutatoursnegrilltd.com.
For the Friday Night Pasta Party, how can non-runners/cheerleaders accompanying runners buy tickets for it? How much, where to buy & when can you purchase them?
Pasta Party Tickets for non runners are available for sale at Registration in Negril, when you come to collect your race packet. There will be a JHTA (Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Assoc – Negril Chapter ) Desk selling tickets and the cost is US$20.00
Describe the course? What is the terrain? Is it certified?
The certified course is mostly flat and fast.
Is there a time limit to finish the full marathon? The marathon course closes after 6 hours what happens if you are still out running?
The race course is officially closed at 11:15 AM sharp, and the road reopens to vehicular traffic. As a result, persons are not encouraged to remain on the course after that time.