KINGSTON, Jamaica … November 2012 – As the Reggae Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K organizers prepare to welcome the… hundreds of participants who will once again challenge themselves by competing in the 2012 event on Saturday, December 1 in Negril, they will do so acknowledging Jamaica’s year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary of independence.

“This is an important time for the nation and for us,” said race director Alfred Francis. “Our focus this year both for this significant milestone and for the Reggae Marathon event is excellence.”

Francis said, “We at Reggae Marathon believe that achieving excellence begins with setting goals, practicing self control and discipline – which are also necessary ingredients for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That is our primary objective.”

Reggae Marathon was also this year presented with the Abe Issa Award for Excellence by the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA). The award recognizes and honours “individuals, groups and entities who have contributed significantly to the tourism industry by promoting the reputation and image of Jamaica as a tourist destination.” The recipient must bring “honour, fame and glory to our country” and be of “unquestionable integrity, with high ethical standards.”

Francis said his organization is “grateful for this award and we pledge to continue to uphold the standards which it symbolises.”

Now in its 12th year Reggae Marathon invites enthusiasts to share in the amazing atmosphere, fun, great vibes and non-stop reggae music, which characterize the annual event.

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