Registration rush for 2016 Reggae Marathon

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August 05, 2016
Rudolph Brown/Photographer Diane Ellis (centre) director of sponsorship and marketing, Reggae Marathon, chats with Alfred 'Frano' Francis, Race Director, Reggae Marathon and Kaysia Johnson, President of Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston at the launch of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K 2015 at Altamont Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Up to yesterday, registration for the 16th staging of Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K was 33 per cent higher than last year at this time. Among them are athletes from over 20 countries and 15 states within the USA.

The early-bird entry fee closed on July 31, 2016. However, there is another opportunity for participants to cash in on a special discount if they pay up between August 1 and November 27, 2016. The discounted entry fees during the current period are J$7,000 for the Marathon; $6,000 for Half Marathon and $5,000 for the 10K. However, the rates will increase after the November 27 deadline. Registration can be made at: www.reggaemarathon.com, and also in Negril in December 1 & 2.

According to Alfred 'Frano' Francis, race director, Reggae Marathon, confirmation has already been received from last year's 500-strong Reggae Runnerz, also Fit Fathers & Black Men Run, representing more than 20 states within the USA, as well as Team Diabetes from Canada.

"We are also expecting an increase in the number of local individual participants and corporate teams, some of whom are already registered for Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K's 'Sweet Sixteen' celebration," said Delrose Campbell, assistant race director.

She said reports from a number of last year's participants have been overwhelming. Among them is Ineaka Carbo of Reggae Runnerz, USA, who said:

"I got an opportunity to run the Half Marathon, which is a perfect distance for me, and the course was fast and flat. The course support was a breath of fresh air and well spirited, with many people jamming to reggae music. The course was situated perfectly in the town of Negril, which allowed me to feel like a local enjoying the beautiful sunrise."

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