NEW ROCHELLE, USA -- Marathon runners, who like to collect passport stamps along with their completion medals, can set their sights on the Marabana Havana Marathon and half-marathon this year. Insight Cuba, is offering Americans the exclusive opportunity to legally participate in this momentous run through the historic city on Sunday, November 16, 2014.
"Sport and athletic competition continues to be the great global conduit to bring people, cultures and countries together," said Tom Popper, president of Insight Cuba. "This year, we can finally realize the dream of Americans running side-by-side with our island neighbors through the neighborhoods of Havana during the Marabana Havana Marathon and half-marathon."
Insight Cuba, the leading provider of authorized people-to-people travel to Cuba for US citizens since 2000 has created three exclusive tours surrounding the November 16, 2014 event.
"We are proud to be working with Insight Cuba and provide Americans this very special opportunity," said Carlos Gattorno, race director of the Marabana Havana Marathon. "We are excited to have runners from across the US at the starting line, and in a small way bridging the divide which has existed between our two countries."
The course winds through magnificent avenues lining the UNESCO World Heritage city and past historic places of interest, including the famous Malecón–a broad esplanade, roadway and seawall which stretches along the coast from the mouth of Havana Harbor in Old Havana to the vibrant neighborhood of Vedado. Along the way, runners can take in the sights of the Hotel Nacional de Cuba, the expansive Revolution Square, and Havana's Capitolio (modeled after the US Capitol).
In addition to the marathon, runners will enjoy exclusive people-to-people encounters, which will include memorable meetings with Cuban runners and local residents.
Tour participants will also benefit from the guidance and expertise of RunnersWorld.com columnist and coach, Jenny Hadfield.
"It's a historic marathon event and an epic way to journey into the heart of Havana, Cuba," said Hadfield.
Hadfield has created special marathon training plans and tips tailored to prepare the runners for the Marabana Havana Marathon, and she'll be leading a pre-race shake out run and marathon prep presentations on the tour.