Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Getting Ready For Reggae Marathon

I'm getting ready for Reggae Marathon, only a few weeks away now on December 2.  Getting ready?  What's to get ready for?  It's a warm weather destination race event beside a beach!  Running shoes, tights, top and bathing suit...that about does it for packing.  Well...

  • Airplane ticket:  Direct flight this year from Toronto to Montego Bay!  Yippee!.  As much as I like the airport in Miami, I love this direct, non-stop flight to Jamaica.  
  • Transfer to Negril from the airport in Montego Bay:  JUTA Negril takes care of me both ways at Reggae Marathon.  I love the trip and check off the touch points on my way:  Montego Bay Harbour from the 'high road';  The Street vendors as we make it through town;  The Water Wheel at Tryall;  Coming into Lucea...always a hustle and bustle;  Green Island, the original turnaround for the full Marathon;  Long Bay Beach Park...ahhh, we're home!
  • First Red Stripe on the Beach:  For the past number of years I've stayed at Rondel Village, a really nice smaller property along the Negril Beach.  So has Dan Cumming and it's been great to catch up over a beer at dinner watching the sun sink into the Caribbean.
  • First run in Negril:  Looking forward to Thursday morning's run with Dan.  Easy pace and not too long.  
  • Everything around the Reggae Marathon Race Experience of course:  Thursday to meet the Reggae Marathon crew and pick up our race kits;  Friday night Pasta Party to meet up with the rest of the international gang;  Saturday before, during and after...I never want it to end!
  • Ossies for Jerk Pork and Jerk Chicken:  Washed down with a cold Red Stripe.  Do I really need to say more?
  • The Beer Bus...or is that politically incorrect?  Sunday's bus trip to numerous off-the-beaten path bars in Negril's West End organized by Larry Savitch is the perfect way to end a fabulous weekend.  Wonder how many people will be crammed onboard this year?
Yes the suitcase is packed.  New shoes and all.  What time is the limo coming...?

Until next time...

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