REGGAE Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K, set for December 5, will go virtual again this year.
This was announced by organisers of the annual event, the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston.
“We understand that the runners and walkers from Jamaica and about 30 countries across the globe will be disappointed that they will not be able to participate personally in the races. We have sought to find a solution that is in the best interest of all concerned,” said Alfred “Frano” Francis, race director.
As part of the virtual staging, participants in the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon or 10K event will be required to complete their run between November 13 and December 5, 2021 on a course of their choice, Francis noted.
However, he noted that local and international runners will also have the choice of running along the Reggae Marathon course in Negril.
The Reggae Marathon organisers are encouraging this year's participants in the virtual event to recreate a spirit of celebration as if they were in Negril, wherever they run, and to share their experiences via the event's social media channels such as Facebook and Instagram.
Runners and walkers who had previously registered for the in-person event from 2020 through to 2021 will have their places secured for the in-person race set for December 4, 2022.
In 2020 the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K went virtual for the first time and the organisers were very pleased with the level of participation as well as the success of the staging. Last year 30 countries, including Jamaica, were represented virtually and they captured the 'island vibe' for which the event is known around the world.