Home to insane athletes like Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, there’s no question as to why Jamaica is the ultimate spot for a #fitcation. With endless races and triathlons happening all the time, it’s the perfect way to enjoy tropical paradise all while getting your sweat on. Check out our tips below on how to have the best destination race vay-k ever.
Pick a race and start training
Jamaica has some amazing options throughout the year.Whatever your fitness level is, there’s something for everyone. So pick your race and start planning (and training!).
The challenging High Mountain Coffee Road Race takes place in January and climbs up to 1,200 feet above sea level in the gorgeous mountains in Williamsfield, Manchester. Choose from a 5K run or walk, or the vigorous 10K.
In April, head to Treasure Beach for Jakes Treasure Beach Off-Road Triathlon, which consists of a 400-meter ocean swim, a 25K off-and-on road backcountry mountain bike, and a 7K trail run.
Montego Bay is a popular tourist destination, and it’s easy to see why. Plan your island escape in May and partake in Mobay City Run‘s a 5K walk, 5K run, or 10K run, which routes through historic Montego Bay.
And last but not least, the International Reggae Marathon in Negril happens in December and is one of the world’s most popular races. Serious runners will embark in a 10K, half-marathon, or full marathon that hugs the stunning coast.
Pick a hotel that’s super close to the finish line
The last thing you want to do is search for transportation back to your hotel post-race. Roads are often blocked off, and plus, you’ll be ready to kick back and relax. The earlier you book, the better chance you’ll have at scoring a hotel or resort that’s just steps from the finish line.
Insider tip: if you’re running the Kingston City Run, The Jamaica Pegasus, pictured above, is right in the heart of all the action (and most importantly, the finish line).
Arrive several days early
Whatever coast you’re jetting from, it’s essential to leave 2-3 days before your race. There are things to take into consideration such as time change, jet lag, and climate change. If you’re coming from sea level in New York City and running the High Mountain Coffee Road Race, you’ll want to give your body a few days to situate into the higher altitude. Rest and hydration are also super important, so save the cocktailing for the finish line.
Image: Rockhouse Hotel
Explore the island
And once you’re finished with your race, there’s a stunning island to explore. From checking out the local food scene (hello jerk everything!) and adventuring out to Dunn’s Falls in Ochos Rios, to heading up to the Blue Mountains to indulge in some of the world’s best coffee, expect to have a fabulous time. And yes, the beaches really are that gorgeous.
xx, The FabFitFun Team