Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K


The Reggae Marathon & Half Marathon is Jamaica’s premier International Marathon Event. Marathoners, sports enthusiasts as well as beginners, converge in Negril, Jamaica’s capital of casual, for a fun event characterized by good vibes and lots of Reggae music. Enthusiastic supporters come out along the looped, internationally certified course to support participants. Meanwhile, hard working volunteers offer uniquely packaged water and re-hydration fluids at every mile. The pulsating Reggae music on course also keeps participants in an “irie” spirit, as they burn the mileage. Other related Marathon events, like the internationally rated gourmet Pasta Party and Registration & Expo, have participants and supporters alike, humming with activity. The Finish Line Beach Bash affords everyone an opportunity to relax on the beach with special offerings and entertainment geared towards having the best time. All in all, the Reggae Marathon Event is uniquely Jamaican with an international appeal. Mission What started as a loose collection of runners at Kingston’s local reservoir, Mona Dam, affectionately called “The Dam”, became a club – the Jamdammers – in June 1995. Over the past years, the Club has grown both in size (over 100 members) and stature by re-writing the book on road racing in Jamaica.The annual Reggae Marathon Grand Prix Series presented by the Jamdammers and our premier event – the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K – have become staples of local and international road race calendars. Despite these lofty achievements, however, one thing remains constant – the Club’s mandate and mission to promote a healthy lifestyle through distance running and to put Negril and Jamaica on the map as a world class marathon destination. In keeping with the Jamdammers’ overall mandate, the presentation of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K has blossomed into an international event, included in the world’s ten best marathon events.

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Long Bay Beach Park
Norman Manley Boulevard
Negril, Westmoreland

Long Bay Beach Park, Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril, Westmoreland, Jamaica W.I.

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  • Through the kind gesture of Mrs. Rita Marley, the Reggae Marathon commissioned Basil Watson, noted Jamaican sculptor, to create the “Bob Marley Trophy” for the first male finisher and the “Rita Marley Trophy” for the first female finisher of the marathon event. Treasured art pieces in their own right, these trophies reflect the spirit and vibe of the Reggae Marathon.
  • All finishers of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K receive a commemorative medal.
  • Participation certificates will be awarded to all finishers, which will be available for downloading and printing after the event.
  • Prize money for the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K total over J$1 million. The awards payment will be disbursed in January 2018.
  • There will be a special prize category for the High School Boys & Girls Championships in the 10K, as well as for the Team Championships in the Half Marathon & 10K.
  • The Barclay Ewart Trophy, named in honour of our late Chairman, will be awarded to the first combined (male & female) hotel team in the 10K event.


December 2, 2017 Race Start Time 5:15 AM @ Long Bay Beach Park, Norman Manley Boulevard, Negril Once each year, the Reggae Marathon race route becomes a runners’ freeway from the Negril Roundabout (South) up to Club Riu/Salt Creek Bridge (North). The route is closed to vehicular traffic from 4:00am to 12 noon except for FREE Reggae shuttles that take participants and spectators to and from Long Bay Beach Park, the staging area for the START and FINISH. Departing Negril Roundabout: 3:45am, 4:00am, 4:15am, 4:30am Departing Club Riu: 3:45am, 4:00am, 4:15am, 4:30am The FREE Reggae shuttle buses will pick up anyone going to the start along Norman Manley Blvd. Or, if your hotel is conveniently located within 1 mile of Long Bay Beach Park, why not do a warm-up walk? For your return trip, take a leisurely walk along the beach or visit the Shuttle Bus Tent located across the road from the park for assistance. Departing for Club Riu (North): 8:00am, 9:00am, 10:00am and every 45mins-hour afterwards Departing for Roundabout (South): 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:30am and every 45mins-hour afterwards Vehicles traveling from Lucea and Green Island should take the road from Green Island via Grange Hill, Alma, Little London and to Negril.

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