As if one ever needed an excuse to visit Jamaica, now there is a better reason than ever with the 15th Reggae Marathon being held in Negril on Jamaica’s west coast.

 

Gathering together in the darkness, enthusiasm builds among runners as drummers increase their rhythm to a crescendo and everyone sets off along a torch-lit guard of honour.

 

The sun doesn’t rise until an hour into the race, giving runners a comfortable head start before the heat rises. Every few miles, bands of reggae drummers pound out a hypnotic beat to keep spirits up.

 

The mostly flat IAAF certified course loops into Negril then heads north towards the town of Green Island before returning along the coast and soaking up the magnificent 7 mile white sand beach Negril is famous for.

The full marathon is joined by a half marathon and 10km, all finishing at Long Bay Beach park. Once over the finish line, revive yourself with coconut water sipped straight from a fresh coconut, or perhaps a can of red stripe beer while soaking your weary legs in the warm waters of the Caribbean.

 

The Reggae Marathon is bursting with good vibes and the perfect way to explore the unspoiled natural beauty of such an exquisite location.

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The Blackmores Sydney Marathon, part of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival, has been awarded Gold Label status - the prestigious top honour of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF). This places the event alongside household names of marathons such as London, Boston and New York.

 

Event Director Wayne Larden recognises that the Gold Label will help raise the profile of the event world-wide.

 

“The IAAF Road Race Gold Label status helps put the Sydney Marathon further on the map in terms of marathons to choose from amongst the burgeoning leisure tourism market. Sydney is the No.1 visitor destination in Australia and our aim is to be the No.1 destination marathon. This award will certainly assist in this goal,” said Mr Larden.

“With the support of the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, we now produce a 3hr30min live TV broadcast that is postcard style coverage of the stunning Blackmores Sydney Marathon and wider festival. The broadcast is shown in key visitor markets which include Australia, New Zealand, China and Japan”

 

Entries are now open for the 2015 Blackmores Sydney Running Festival.

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