Road races showcase Destination Jamaica to running enthusiasts
Jamaica is known around the world for success in sprinting, but now the island is also becoming increasingly popular for a series of longer-distance road races. Three signature race events take place annually: the Reggae Marathon in Negril, Kingston City Run and MoBay City Run. These races are attended by both visitors and locals and offer a true sense of place for those wanting to explore the destination on the move.
"The popularity of destination races in Jamaica continues to grow among visitors and Jamaicans," said Paul Pennicook, Jamaica's director of tourism. "In fact, some 36 countries participated in the Reggae Marathon in 2014. With Jamaica leading the charge with more than 800 runners, the United States and Canada had over 700 participants while participants from Europe accounted for more than 100 runners. All three destination races staged in Jamaica offer scenic routes as well as the chance to experience the race with locals and share in their excitement for running."
The Reggae Marathon will be staged on December 5 in Negril. Race options are 10K, half marathon and a full marathon. Join thousands as Reggae beats pulsate at each mile marker along Negril's coast and finishers get coconut water in the shell and a Red Stripe before taking a plunge in the waters off Seven Mile Beach. A 'Rasta Pasta' party kicks off the race weekend the night before race day. www.reggaemarathon.com
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Kingston City Run will be held on March 13, 2016 and features 5K, 10K and half marathon races. The race route takes visitors past many of Kingston's tourist highlights, including the Bob Marley Museum, Devon House, King's House and Emancipation Park. The event will have a weekend of festivities and several charities benefit from the race. www.kingstoncityrun.com
The MoBay City Run is a charity road race which provides funding and scholarships for students attending schools in Montego Bay. The race will be May 1, 2016 with a 5K walk, 5K run and 10K run, highlighting a scenic tour of historic Montego Bay. www.mobaycityrun.com
To book your next running vacation or to learn more about destination Jamaica, contact www.visitjamaica.com.