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08 October 2019, 7am

Jamaica’s heartbeat is felt throughout the city

An impressive setting

Kingston City Marathon | Half Marathon | 10K and 5K
Sun 15 March 2020

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Surrounded by the famous Blue Mountains and home to the Bob Marley Museum, Kingston impresses with its setting.

This city has been recognised as the Creative City of Music by UNESCO. It represents the heartbeat of Jamaica through its strong cultural and economic influence. The Kingston City Marathon has intertwined the city’s culture with fitness. An earlier version of the event, the Kingston City Run, had been held for six years but the Kingston City Marathon (KCM) was introduced earlier this year as a weekend celebration focused around a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10km Run and 5km Walk/Run.

Next year’s 8th edition will give runners the opportunity to embark on a picturesque tour of the capital’s historic sites and major landmarks. The race starts by The Courtleigh Hotel and Suites entrance in New Kingston and from there leads you through some of the capital’s most iconic spots, from Devon House to the Bob Marley Museum to Hope Gardens. Runners will also enjoy entertainment at fan zones along the course. You can soak up all the sights and sounds and experience the heartbeat of Jamaica on foot.

The opening night welcome party will be on Friday 13 March. A Health and Fitness Expo follows next day at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. On Race Day, Sunday 15 March, the excitement doesn’t stop when the run finishes at the beautiful historical site, Emancipation Park. The Park will host the Race Village for post-run celebrations, the awards ceremony and a finish line reggae party.

The Kingston City Marathon encourages families, friends, corporate companies, children, fitness enthusiasts and wheelchair athletes to run this iconic city. The event was conceptualised to help raise funds to support projects for the homeless in Kingston and to raise awareness of Kingston as a travel destination, thereby increasing the number of visitors to the city. The event was started in 2013 and from its inception has raised over JA$15 million Dollars to give to deserving charities such as the Open Arms Development Centre, the Marie Atkins Night Shelter, the Alpha Boys Institute, Food for the Poor and Missionaries for the Poor.

The race is a treat for Jamaicans and overseas participants alike as it provides a tour through all the history and beauty that Kingston has to offer. The race is AIMS-certified and uses chip timing. Vacation packages have been designed to include hotel accommodation, entry to the race and Health and Fitness Expo. Runners can also choose to book their hotels separately through their travel agent and register for the race on the event’s website.

A visit to Kingston is essential to taste the rich excitement of modern Jamaica and The Kingston City Marathon is the best way for a fitness enthusiast to experience it.

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InstaGram: @kingstoncitymarathon #RunDiCity
Facebook: KingstonCityRun
Twitter: @kingstoncityrun


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