After I passed the aid station I decided that darkness would indeed be my friend that morning. I removed my top! Let me remind you though, we start the Reggae Marathon in total darkness at 5:15 am. With the sunrise shortly after 6 am I was motivated to keep my pace up so that I would not scare too many kids at that early hour.
From then on I enjoyed a number of benefits of running topless in Negril at Reggae Marathon. First was the immediate cooling effect of the early pre-dawn breeze. No uncomfortable heat build up to slow me down. Nice. Then, when I grabbed water at the aid stations, I got to squeeze the refreshing cold water from the plastic pouches over my head and shoulders. Really nice!
|" Hey good looking...Keep it up"|
Modesty did get the better of me as I closed in on the finish however. I did put my top back on for the finish line photo. With finish line photos, multiple smartphone cameras and official photographers, the thought of me running topless shared on Facebook forever was too much.
I was inspired to share this story because I heard about a 'bare' 5 k on the beach race from a friend recently. That race takes place in broad daylight. Male and female runners participate. They run in running shoes...and nothing else. That's right, 'butt naked'. I know that's how athletes in the original Olympics competed and the 'uniforms' they wear today leave little room for modesty (Check out these uniforms from the Jamaican Olympic Team).
And yes, I know what you're thinking. If he ran topless in Negril, shaved his head for the Reggae Runners Half Marathon Challenge can full 'starkers' be far away?
Until next time...