Reg­gae Marathon week­end De­cem­ber 1-3

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

THE 16TH stag­ing of the Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be held from De­cem­ber 1-3 in Ne­gril. The run-off will be­gin on the IAAF-cer­ti­fied course at the Long Bay Beach Park, lo­cated along Ne­gril’s famed seven-mile beach, then loop into the town of Ne­gril, be­fore head­ing north to­wards the town of Green Is­land.

The main event will start at 5:15 a.m. on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 3, and the course will re­main open for six hours. New for 2016 will be that marathon­ers must reach the half-way mark in three hours to stay in the event.

“We are ex­pect­ing a min­i­mum of 2,500 par­tic­i­pants from more than the 35 coun­tries which par­tic­i­pated last year,” said Al­fred ‘Frano’ Fran­cis, race director of the Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K event.

Fran­cis said a num­ber of groups and in­di­vid­u­als have al­ready reg­is­tered their at­ten­dance. In fact, he said, one par­tic­i­pant has timed his hon­ey­moon in Ja­maica to co­in­cide with his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport event.

TWINNING AGREE­MENT

One of the high­lights of this year’s event will be the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the 2016 win­ners of the Tot­tori Pre­fec­ture Marathon, in Ja­pan, as part of a twinning agree­ment be­tween the West­more­land Parish Coun­cil and its coun­ter­part in Ja­pan, the Tot­tori Prefe­ture.

Lead­ing up to the De­cem­ber event in Ne­gril, a Burger King-spon­sored ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day will be held on Sun­day, Novem­ber 6, start­ing from the Burger King store at the Port­more Mall, be­gin­ning 7 a.m. Par­tic­i­pants will be al­lowed to run or walk the race. In ad­di­tion, the pop­u­lar 4x1500m re­lay for stu­dents will also be opened to ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions and mem­bers of run­ning clubs.

Par­tic­i­pants in ‘Run Di Road’ 10K Race Day can regis­ter at run­ningeventsja.com or pick up reg­is­tra­tion forms at Burger King’s head of­fice, 18 Hope Road, as well as the Burger King stores at Port­more Mall and Brae­ton.

“We are very proud of the fact that we will, again, be us­ing hi-tech scor­ing sys­tems for the Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K,” Fran­cis said.

Scor­ing for Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will be pro­vided by MYLAPS Bib Tag tim­ing sys­tem, with live on-line track­ing of run­ners along the course avail­able on www.reg­gae­marathon.com and in­terim re­sults posted dur­ing the race.

There will be over US$10,000 in to­tal prize money this year, to­gether with fin­isher cer­tifi­cates, as well as Bob Mar­ley and Rita Mar­ley tro­phies to the male and fe­male win­ners of the Reg­gae Marathon. In ad­di­tion, there will be a spe­cial prize cat­e­gory for high school boys and girls in the 10K and spe­cial prize cat­e­gories for teams in the Half Marathon and 10K.

Last year, no lo­cal prize win­ner broke the Reg­gae Marathon course records in any of the three events, so this year the Jam­dammers Run­ning Club of Kingston will con­tinue to of­fer a spe­cial prize purse to any lo­cal who will break any of these course records.

Ma­jor spon­sors of the 2016 Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K are: Jam­dammers Run­ning Club of Kingston; PUMA Run­ning; Ja­maica Tourist Board; Cou­ples Re­sorts Ja­maica; JHTA – Ne­gril Chap­ter and Ja­maica Ath­let­ics Ad­min­is­tra­tive As­so­ci­a­tion.

FRAN­CIS

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