Sponsored post: The Reggae Marathon events offer the chance to run in the sunshine against the backdrop of stunning Jamaican beaches

In the midst of a British winter, there can be few scenarios more enticing than running in the sunshine against the backdrop of stunning Jamaican beaches.

The Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k offers runners the chance to do just that every December, with next year’s events taking place on December 2.

The events take place on a fast, flat course (looped for the marathon) which travels parallel to Negril’s famous seven-mile stretch of white sand beaches.

Internationally certified, the event attracts runners from all over the world.

Organised by the Jamdammers Running Club of Kingston, keen to promote a healthy lifestyle through running and long distance running in Jamaica, the Reggae Marathon has become known for providing the ideal ‘runcation’.

The Reggae Marathon has been included multiple times among the world’s 10 best marathon events while the 2016 half-marathon was rated among the best half-marathons of that year as published by the 100 Half Marathons Club of the USA.

The event features reggae music along the course, while the “World’s Best Pasta Party” held the night before the race remains a key attraction.

Many runners and walkers come for the run and stay for the fun as post-race offerings include a dip in the sea, which is a short distance from the finish line, and live entertainment.

This is a unique Jamaican event: a fusion of fun, food, sport and music! The event celebrates its 18th staging on December 2, 2018, so why not sign up to join in the party?

Visit reggaemarathon.com for further details.

» This article was first published in our 2018 marathon guide supplement, included with the November 9 edition of AW