JAM | Mar 25, 2023

2023 Reggae Marathon scraps race category

/ Our Today

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Annual run and walk event Reggae Marathon has announced it will no longer offer a marathon segment to patrons effective the upcoming December 3 staging.

Race director Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis explained that the half marathon and 10K will remain part of the brand’s offerings.

In making the announcement on Friday (March 24), Francis said it had become necessary to restructure the event as “we have been constantly challenged to provide the same level of runner care to our marathoners as those participating in the half marathon and 10K events. “

He elaborated that the change had been on the table for some time, but the board of directors of the world-renowned sporting event took the decision to eliminate the marathon during the 2023 staging.  

“Of course, we are disappointed that we have had to discontinue the marathon segment of the popular run/walk, but we have come to the realisation that the challenges are greater than our ability to provide the best experience for our marathoners. With this change, we can now focus comfortably on providing the best experience for the participants in our half marathon and 10K events, as well as to our supporters and partners,” Francis noted.

The annual Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K was launched in 2000 and is organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston.

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Over the past 23 years, the event has had runners from over 35 countries participating, with the inclusion of virtual races in the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic. The brand’s reach also expanded exponentially across the world with the use of various digital platforms. 

The 23rd staging of the event takes place in Negril, Westmoreland on December 3, at the customary 5:15 am start time.


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