Kingston, Jamaica -- December 28, 2009 -- A record number of runners from around the globe converged in Jamaica to participate in the recently held ninth annual Reggae Marathon. Reggae Marathon/Half Marathon and 10k, dubbed Jamaica's premier International Marathon Event, took place along the scenic Negril coastline and attracted a host of sports enthusiasts, locals and visitors alike, who had the chance to experience the island's beauty while competing in their quest for gold.
"We are pleased with the local and international support for Reggae Marathon,"said John Lynch, Jamaica's Director of Tourism. "Events of this nature invite tourists to experience the island's diverse offerings and help to position Jamaica as the health and wellness destination of the Caribbean.”
The event, which saw a record number of over 1000 registrants, was also graced by Jamaican celebrity Rohan Marley, son of the legendary Bob Marley, who ran the Half Marathon and completed in 2:54:08. The Reggae Marathon champions were, Rupert Green of St. Catherine, Jamaica who captured the gold in the men's division at a time of 2:31:50, after failing to complete the race last year, while Terri Rejimbal, of Florida USA dominated the course and emerged the female champion and won in 3:00:56.
A number of local and international charities that benefitted from the Reggae Marathon event included Heart Foundation of Jamaica, YellowBird Foundation, a non-profit charitable organization in Canada, whose proceeds go towards educational initiatives in various travel destinations; Joints in Motion who raised money for the USA Arthritis Foundations and many other charities.
For more information on the Reggae Marathon, visit: www.reggaemarathon.com.
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica's national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean's Leading Tourist and Convention Bureau by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2009, while Jamaica earned the WTA's vote as the World's Leading Cruise Destination, the Caribbean's Leading Destination and the Caribbean's Leading Cruise Destination, also for the third consecutive year.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Düsseldorf, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the Jamaica Tourist Board's Web site at www.visitjamaica.com, or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422).