This Sunday takes place in the capital of the island the Marabana edition 33, main race of 42,195 kilometers of Cuba.
Drops of sweat will travel today the cheeks of thousands of walkers who will leave their mark on the streets of this capital, as part of the 33rd edition of Marabana, Cuba's main 42,195-kilometer race.
A total of five thousand 258 runners from 64 countries will honor, from 06:30 local time, to an ancient, elegant, bright and beautiful city on its 500th anniversary of foundation, in an atmosphere of pure excitement.
With departure and finish in the Central Park, located on Paseo del Prado Avenue, the marathon of the once Villa de San Cristobal de La Habana will host a total of 1,270 foreign athletes, with emphasis for the delegations of the United States, Mexico, Colombia, France and Spain.
The assistance of dozens of nations is 'very good news' and demonstrates 'the internationalization of a growing test, which receives greater worldwide interest in each version,' said Marabana-Maracuba project director Carlos Gattorno last Friday.
In the press conference of the event, Gattorno highlighted, in addition, that there will be 400 US athletes on Cuban soil, 'despite the restrictions of the United States government, because they believe and are convinced of the importance of the proximity of our peoples' .
Minutes before the start signal, several activities will be carried out, including the placement of a floral offering to the Apostle of Cuba, Jose Marti, in front of his statue in the Central Park, and a tribute to the marathoner Felix 'El Andarin' Carvajal, At the end of 115 years of his fourth place in the Olympic Games in San Luis.
In addition to the demanding stretch of 'long breath', the program will have half-marathon, 10 and five kilometers modalities to 'pay tribute to Wonder City in its fifth century of existence,' said the director.
The winners of the 21,097 kilometers will compete in the Barcelona half marathon, while the winners of the 42,195 will be in the Madrid marathon, as part of the awards of the Iberostar and Air France companies, sponsors of the Caribbean event.
The Marabana-Maracuba project, founded in 1986, is made up of several popular races organized throughout the territory of the Greater Antilles, and is recognized for adding hundreds of thousands of people to sports.