Reggae Marathon

"Come for the Run, Stay for the Fun!"

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.

The 2019 event will include a full, IAAF Certified marathon, a half marathon and 10 kilometer run. The event will take place December 8th and will feature a host of fun and memorable activities. The Reggae Marathon utilizes the scenic coast, cultural and mystical assets of Westmoreland, Negril. The race route is configured to highlight the best of Jamaica’s beaches ad landscape. Enthusiastic supporters come out along the looped, internationally certified course to support participants. Meanwhile, hardworking 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.

Our marathon’s package entails a full experience starting off with, a Welcome Reception, a Pre-Race Pasta Dinner with a special guest speaker, an expo then a final award ceremony event. To compliment your package, we highly recommend while in Negril to enjoy a wealth of exciting optional tours for a real Caribbean experience.

We look forward to welcoming you to Jamaica, Negril in 2019!

The Reggae Marathon is held on Sunday, December 08, 2019. We encourage you to stay in this friendly town of music and heritage as long as your schedule permits! Please contact us to create your own customized itinerary.

Friday, Dec 06: Today we arrive in Negril, Jamaica and check-in to accommodation. This evening we will gather Registration & Packet Collection, location Couples Swept Away Sports Complex (1:00pm to 5:00pm).

Saturday, Dec 07: You will have the day to sightsee in Negril and its famous beaches. Another day of Registration & Packet Collection, Couples Swept Away Sports Complex. Times are as follows; Registration (1:00pm to 4:00pm) and Packet Collection (1:00pm to 8:00pm) it is open today from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM for race number and Packet Pick-Up. Also all are invited to JHTA world best pasta party at Couples Swept Away from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Saturday, Dec 08: Race day! It’s an early morning departure from your hotel of accommodations. This is to ensure you arrive in time according to the JHTA guidelines and security. Following is a schedule provided by the race. We encourage you to check Hotels Access website and The Reggae Marathon Run for last minute updates. The start and the finish of the race is at Couples Swept Away.

Be sure to join the Reggae Marathon Finish line Beach party. Victory Beach Party & Awards Ceremony at Long Bay Beach Park (7:00am to 12 noon). Following the race you will have the afternoon and evening to celebrate and enjoy the fabulous town of Negril.

Monday, Dec 09: You have more time to explore the coast and try the local activities and food, or jump on a hop on bus and take photos at the Ricks cafe, Negril’s famous 7 miles white sandy beach and much more! If you would like to book extra nights, please let us know.

Marathon Package

  • Guaranteed Race Entry (Runners Only)

  • Premium Hotel price offerings.

    exclusive to Reggae Marathon runners

  • Hotel Access Representative on site and available for questions

    exclusive to Reggae Marathon runners

  • Commemorative medal for the Marathon and half marathon

  • Pre-Race Dinner on Saturday

    exclusive to Reggae Marathon runners

  • Pre-race party

  • Celebrations Drinks & Canapes on Sunday

    exclusive to Reggae Marathon runners

  • Personalised Reggae Marathon Running Top

    exclusive to Reggae Marathon runners

Royalton Negril

A warm reception and chilled cocktail set the tone for the perfect vacation at Royalton Negril, complete with modern room appointments, reservation-free dining at more than six restaurants plus entertainment for any age. Sitting on a breathtaking clear water beach, this resort masterfully blends Jamaica’s unique culture with a luxury product featuring top quality service, great attention to detail and exceptional personalized service.

A romantic all-inclusive resort that brings the best of Negril to your doorstep. Guest rooms offer amenities such as a flat screen TV, a minibar, and air conditioning, and guests can go online with free Wi-Fi offered by the all-inclusive resort. Royalton Negril features a concierge and room service, to help make your stay more enjoyable. The property also boasts a pool and free breakfast. If you are driving to Royalton Negril, free parking is available. Given the close proximity to Mary, Gate of Heaven Catholic Church (3.0 mi), guests of Royalton Negril can easily experience one of Negril's most popular landmarks. While visiting Negril, you may want to try some shrimp at one of the nearby restaurants, such as Fireman's Lobster Pit, The Best in the West, or Jimmy Buffett's Margarita Ville Negril. Best of all, Royalton Negril makes it easy to experience some great Negril attractions like Negril Lighthouse, which is a popular lighthouse. We’re sure you’ll enjoy your stay at Royalton Negril as you experience everything Negril has to offer.

Negril-Double, USD 435.00/ Single USD 326.00 per room per night

Royalton Hide Away

Set along the famous white sand shores of Negril, Hideaway at Royalton Negril is the perfect place for travelers to open themselves up to an elegant adults-only vacation experience. Savoring gourmet cuisine, sipping artfully prepared cocktails and enjoying the impossibly blue ocean, guests can do as much or as little as they like.

Dipping your toes into the clear, blue waters in Negril, then settling in for a day of sunning along the shores are what vacation goals are for. And this beachy paradise will be a favorite with perks like an exclusive infinity pool with cocktail service, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and fun extras like lens cleaning for your sonnies. It's an adults-only tropical paradise in one of the prettiest destinations where the sunsets are known to be impressive, if not swoon-inducing. Grab a chair. You'll dine on a feast of flavors - from Italian favorites to steaks made to your liking, to a buffet featuring delectable delights from around the world. Here, you'll find it all, plus it's unlimited, reservation-free dining. As a guest of Hideaway, you get exclusive access to Dorado, the Seafood Grill, as well as afternoon hors d'oeuvres served poolside. Beach appetite.

All-In Luxury promises discerning guest’s anticipatory service, elegantly styled rooms and exceptional amenities within a luxury property built with incredible attention to detail and a variety of gourmet restaurants to savor world-class dining.

Hide away-Double, USD 465.00/ Single USD 348.00 per room per night

Grand Lido

A private enclave for adults-only, where you get to lounge ocean front and au natural, if you want. From every vantage point here, you get to oooo’s and awwww’s at the pristine blue ocean in Negril. It's one of the prettiest beach spots around. And, this adults-only exclusive is boutique in size (only 26 suites) and offers an elegant, naturist vacay destination. The Lido Luxury extras include your own butler, upgraded room service menu, personalized check-in/out and full access to two nearby resorts, Royalton Negril and Hideaway at Royalton Negril.

Grand lido-Double, USD 485.00/ Single USD 362.00 per room per night

RIU Palace Tropical Bay

Riu Palace Tropical Bay offers 416 guestrooms in 1 or 2 story buildings. All rooms are equipped with air conditioning, turndown service, ceiling fan, Satellite Plasma TV, mini-bar and liquor dispenser, balcony or terrace and so much more. No reservations needed at any of the restaurants. Enjoy the stunning beach with ivory, soft sands hugged by the bluest of tranquil, dreamy water. Also melting at the luscious spa, where the massages and facials transport you to Nirvana. Riu Boasts an outrageously delish, lip-smackin' Jamaican BBQ you can nosh on while chillaxing by the ocean.

The property appeals to anyone with Victorian-style buildings bathed in happy, soft pink, which cause instant happiness, the liquor dispenser in your room. Your hour of happy can start any time of day.

Also enjoy 24-hour room and night time outdoor activities by the bonfire with a DJ on the beach - you'll feel like you're in a movie.

Negril-Double, USD 345.00/ Single USD 250.00 per room per night

RIU Negril

Riu Negril offers 420 extremely well appointed, air-conditioned rooms, including 18 Junior Suites. Each room is equipped with a ceiling fan, mini bar with liquor dispenser, satellite TV, in-room safe, hair dryer, iron/ironing board and a balcony or terrace. The 24th All Inclusive Hotel Riu Negril open all year round, is located on Jamaica's west coast in the famous holiday area of Negril on the islands longest and most beautiful beach, is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. The location is ideal due to its proximity to Negril (6km) and Sangster International Airport Montego Bay (MBJ) is approx. 80 km away. The Riu Palace Tropical Bay hotel lies on the same beach about 1.5 km away. The hotel has 420 comfortably furnished rooms and offers many amenities. Relax with a massage at our Renova Spa or get in shape at our gym. 3 outdoor pools, 1 children’s pool. For the youngest guests, there is the RiuLand Kids Club (for children from 4 to 7 years & 8 to 12 years old) and for adults, day and evening entertainment and many water sport activities. For lovers of gastronomy, we offer live cooking stations at our main buffet as well as Gourmet, Italian, Asian cuisine and Steakhouse, 5 bars situated in various areas of the hotel.

Negril-Double, USD 270.00/ Single USD 200.00 per room per night

Flights and Additional Travel: Trafalgar Travel is a fully accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional tours so help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.

RACE DATE: Sunday, December 8, 2019

RACE TIME: Start Time: 5:15am; Course remains open for 6 hours, Marathoners must reach the halfway mark in 3 hours

ORGANIZERS:

  • The Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston
  • The Jamaica Tourist Board.
  • The Negril Chapter of the Jamaica Hotel Tourist Association (JHTA)
  • The Negril Chamber of Commerce
  • The volunteer communities of Negril and Green Island
  • The Ministry of Health

COURSE: The course follows a looping route around Negril’s scenic landscape. The course is certified per the guidelines set forth by the IAAF and AIMS. The event is sanctioned by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

Charitable Objective: KINGSTON CITY RUN is being organized to raise funds for the HOMELESS of the City of Kingston. The main Charities to be supported will include: Open Arms Drop-in Centre, Marie Atkins Night Shelter and Alpha Boys School.

TEMPERATURE: The temperature should be a low of 24C / 76F at the start of the race. With low annual rainfall, rain is not expected.

ENTRY FEE: ENTRY FEES ARE NEITHER REFUNDABLE NOR TRANSFERABLE, AND NAME CHANGES ARE NOT ALLOWED. The minimum age for entry in the Marathon is 18 years old, 14 years old for the Half Marathon, and 10 years old for the 10K.

EXPO/ NUMBER PICKUP: Registration & Packet Collection - Couples Swept Away Sports Complex

AWARDS: All finishers of the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K will receive a commemorative medal and online certificate. The Bob & Rita Marley Trophies are awarded to the winners of the male and female winners of the Reggae Marathon.

DIFFICULTY: Flat and Fast

Other Events: 10k run/walk, Half Marathon.

Tour Information

While in Negril enjoy a wealth of exciting optional tours for a real experience. Whether you choose to go on a Tour of the town, Friday Club Hopping, dive off 35 ft cliff below sea level to the majestic coast, enjoy a Appleton Rum Tour or escape to the Beach Escape. We would be more than happy to ensure the logistics of your trip is on auto-pilot.

Travel Insurance

For details of on travel insurance for our travel packages, please contact us.

It includes cover for participation in the marathon and travel disruption. If you have your own travel insurance, you must ensure that your policy covers you to participate in running events and we also recommend it includes cover for travel disruption.

Passport Information: Check the date of validity of your passport well in advance of travel and renew if necessary.