Ministries Endorse Reggae Marathon

(JIS) – Ministries Endorse Reggae MarathonMinister of Health, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, and Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport Minister, Hon. Olivia Grange, have applauded the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K events for their significant contribution to sports tourism in Jamaica within the last 16 years.

Speaking at the launch of the 17th staging of the events at Alhambra Inn in Kingston on October 24, both Ministers gave their commitment to continue supporting the annual races, to be run in Negril on Saturday, December 2.

Minister Grange said the support is important, as racing has become one of the major engines driving sport tourism in Jamaica.

“This is part of the worldwide trend, which, in recent years, has seen tourism generated by marathons rising in tandem with the increasing global popularity of marathon racing,” she noted.

“Now, the Reggae Marathon and Half Marathon are increasingly becoming a drawing card for visitors who come to run and/or walk, and for visitors who come to be a part of the crowd and have fun. This is not surprising, as it has, undoubtedly, become Jamaica’s premier marathon event, recognised last year by the 100 Half Marathons Club of the United States as being among the Best Half Marathons of 2016,” Miss Grange said.

She added that the Reggae Marathon was included in a group of events nominated by the Women’s Running and Men’s Running magazine publications in the United Kingdom, for ‘International Race of the Year’ in 2016, which is commendable.

“More and more, the signs point to the Reggae Marathon becoming as great a contributor to tourism as it is to the sport of marathon racing itself worldwide, which leads me to emphasise that sport tourism, in general, has become a multimillion-dollar industry,” the Minister said.

For his part, Dr. Tufton said he is pleased to partner with Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K, where the ‘Jamaica Moves’ initiative will be concluded.

“This is indeed a signature event for Jamaica, for the sports calendar and, indeed, with the participating countries overseas. It is not just a Jamaican event, it is truly an international event, [which is] recognised with quality. Reggae Marathon is an important event. It is so well known, it benefits not just the local community, but it projects and sells Jamaica as a destination that one can engage in this kind of activity,” he said.

Dr. Tufton noted that when the Ministry of Health approached the Race Director, Reggae Marathon, Alfred ‘Frano’ Francis, to partner for the Jamaica moves initiative, he and his team did not hesitate.

“He never thought twice about it. He and his team embraced it, and that’s commendable because not everybody is going to want to do that. As it turns out, Jamaica Moves is gaining traction and acceptance by virtue of the partnerships that we have forged,” he said.

The Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K start at Long Bay Beach Park along Negril’s famed seven-mile white-sand beach. The course loops into the town of Negril then heads towards the town of Green Island and returns to the finish at Long Bay Beach Park.

This mostly flat course is an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)-certified marathon, half marathon and 10K course. Registration has been opened since January 2, and a number of runners from 18 countries have already signed up for the races.

Please send us your Feedback, News Item, Photos and/or Videos to our WhatsApp Number 1-876-353-1389 or Email [email protected]

Recently Published

Schoolgirl, 12, who shaved her head to raise money for a cancer charity is left in tears after cruel bullies call her 'ugly'

Schoolgirl, 12, who shaved her head to raise money for a cancer charity is left in tears after cruel bullies call her ‘ugly’

A 12-year-old schoolgirl was mocked for shaving her head in honour of her grandmother, a cancer survivor. Kyarah Doyle, from New South Wales, took part in the Leukemia Foundation World’s Greatest Shave on Thursday. The Inverell High School student raised more than $1000 for the charity by shaving off her long brown hair. But despite her […]

Barrington Levy Sister

CEO says PCDF has Accomplished Mission

Jamaica News: Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at the PetroCaribe Development Fund (PCDF), Dr. Wesley Hughes, says the PCDF has accomplished its mission, and will be integrated into the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service as of March 31, 2019. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ on March 15, Dr. Hughes said that all assets […]


Country Embarks on Next Phase of Economic Reforms

Jamaica News: Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, says the country is now embarking on the next phase of economic reforms, which will ensure that monetary policy delivers low, stable and predictable inflation. This strategy, referred to as “inflation targeting”, is a monetary policy regime in which a central […]


JAMPRO Leads Cosmetics Manufacturers to Trade Show in New Orleans

Jamaica News: The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) will be leading a team of local cosmetics manufacturers to participate in the Bronner Brothers International Beauty Show in New Orleans, United States, from March 30 to April 1. The annual beauty show, which is one of the largest of its kind in North America, attracts more than […]


Maritime Authority to Push for Blue Economy Legislation

Jamaica News: Director General of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ), Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Peter Brady, says the agency will be pushing for legislation governing exploration and development of a sustainable blue economy. The blue economy refers to the utilisation of the resources of the ocean for economic benefits, while ensuring the sustainability and productivity […]