Tot­tori win­ner for Reg­gae Marathon

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - – Ray­mond Gra­ham

ONE OF the high­lights of to­mor­row’s 16th stag­ing of the Reg­gae Marathon will be the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Ja­pan’s Tot­tori Pre­fec­ture Marathon win­ner Kata Taniguchi.

Taniguchi won the event in 2 hours 29.29 sec­onds, and he will line up at the start of the event at 5:15 a.m. in Long Bay, Ne­gril. The Ja­panese ath­lete is here as part of a twin­ning agree­ment be­tween the West­more­land and the Tot­tori Pre­fec­ture.

As part of the agree­ment, this year’s Reg­gae Marathon win­ner will run at the Tot­tori Marathon in March next year.

Race direc­tor, Al­fred “Franno” Fran­cis is ex­pect­ing a big turnout for to­mor­row’s event.

“We are ex­pect­ing a minimum of 2,500 par­tic­i­pants from more than 35 coun­tries,” Fran­cis said. There will be a vic­tory beach party and awards cer­e­mony, dubbed “Fin­ish Line Beach Bash” at Long Bay Beach from 7 a.m. to noon. This will fea­ture Dig­i­cel Ris­ing Stars and reg­gae per­form­ers Kelissa and Kez­namdi.

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ath­let­ics Fed­er­a­tions and USA Track and Field have re-cer­ti­fied the three race cour­ses for the Reg­gae Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K.

“This is a re­quire­ment ev­ery five years. This also means that the course is a qual­i­fier for the World Cham­pi­onships, the Olympics and the set­ting of a world record,” Fran­cis said.

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