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On Sunday, the 20th of November the pistol shot will mark the start of the International Marathon Marabana in Havana, with participants from all over the world. Time will be taken for the marathon, half marathon, as well as for the distance of 10 kms.
The route passes through many areas of the city, along the waterfront Malecon overlooking the bay of Havana, old, stately buildings, the old town with its wealth of colonial buildings (modeled after the Capitol in Washington), past monuments like the Capitolio, the Cabana fortress at the harbor entrance, the famous Hotel Nacional, the Revolution Square, the Parque Central - places and spaces, which reflect over 400 years of history and architecture!
A day before the marathon, the internationally recognized "Project Maracuba" takes place: a simultaneous launch of runners and walkers of all ages, in hundreds of communities, remote and mountainous regions to distances over 3000m. Each runner is thus part of a memorable running experience.
Experience the sports competition with international participation, contact with runners in Cuba and the charm of Old Havana.
FACTS ABOUT THE ROUTE
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organizes a fascinating sports travel for runners participating at the MARATHON, HALF MARATHON or 10 km routes. For blind runners with a guide as well as for wheelchairs we offer inscription in the appropriate category. For this we work closely with the association and organizers and provide our own tour guide on spot.
The island paradise of Cayo Largo or the dream beach of Varadero?
Following the marathon, we offer high quality travel packages. Everything on favorable terms from the experts!
ROUTE: The route of the marathon and half marathon is AIMS / IASF certified and runs over 21.975 km.
Start and finish are at one point, so that the course being run twice measures the distance of 42.195 km.
PERMITTED TIMES: Marathon 5 hours, half marathon 3 hours
TIMING: electronic and manual
WATER: All 3 km water points and medical care available
BEST TIMES: Men 2:13:37, Women 2:43:29
Half Marathon - Men 1:04:10, Women 1:14:56
FACTS ABOUT THE CLIMATE
The Capital during November shows mainly warm days with low thermal fluctuations.
During November a lower sun elevation is noted, which is associated with decreased radiation and reached its highest value at 12:00.
There is a possiblity of cold fronts from north east off the coast, to cool the air to some degrees and produce increased sea surf on the notorious Malecón, thus causing wet parts of this stretch. According to statistics, 2 to 3 cold fronts are possible with a duration of 1 to 3 days are possible.
For participants from Europe (or countries with predominant cooler climate) the transition from cold to warm produces a much higher load on the blood circulation. It is strongly recommended to achieve acclimatization before participating in the run. This has been taken care of in our dates of travel.
FACTS FOR RUNNERS
PARTICIPATION: Participation in the marathon or half marathon with official chronometry.
ADMISSION: Conventional runners, disabled runners like wheelchair users, blind people with guide and deaf athletes.
Approved sports equipment are racing wheelchairs and hand cycles.
CLASSIFICATION MEN AND WOMEN:
International Award Ceremony Marathon, Open Master A, Open Master B,
Open Master C, Open Master D, Open Master E, Open Master F, only men: Open Master
G, Open Master H
AWARD CEREMONY: The absolute first 3 places for male and female participants. Special prices for deaf or blind participants and wheelchair users.
CERTIFICATE: Every runner receives a certificate with time, general placing and placement according to classification
A medal and a shirt of the event.
On request, medical check before and after the race.
DONATIONS TO CUBAN ATHLETES
We collect donations for Cuban runners, dedicated to competitive athletes as well as to semi-professional athletes, male and female. Running shoes which are still useable, functional clothing and heart rate monitors are welcome.
Contact: Mario Claus,
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ITINERARY MARATHON 16. - 21.11.
ARRIVAL, TRANSFER TO HOTEL
The hotel, located right on the run course and within walking distance to the start and finish areas of the marathon! The flair of the Old Town charms any visitor and music being played live in restaurants and bars allows to indulge in the rhythms of Son and Salsa.
VISIT OF THE OLD TOWN OF HAVANA
See the most beautiful places and buildings of the old town, declared in 1982 by UNESCO as world cultural heritage. Practically one can admire more than 400 years of architectural history, art and literary markets and many musicians and artists who abound on the streets, and invite them into the studios and workshops.
of fitness and acclimatization by a physician and supervisor of the Sports Medicine Service.
DAY EXCURSION TO THE VALLEY OF VINALES
Excursion to Pinar del Rio, the western part of the island and claimed by experts as best soil on earth has for growing tobacco. Visit of the city of Pinar del Rio and the cigar factory "Francisco Donatien". Drive to the village of Vinales and walk-through. Visit of a small but very fine botanical garden offering insight into the diversity of plants and flowers of the region. A lunch including a drink right on the "sweet spot" in an open-air restaurant with a breathtaking view of the valley. Entry into the Cueva de los Indios, the only accessible cave within a Mogote (cone rock) worldwide; an underground river takes you back to the outside. In the afternoon return to Havana.
IN HAVANA: ISSUE OF THE NUMBERS FOR RUNNERS
AT NIGHT: EXCHANGE MEETING WITH LOCAL RUNNERS
ENJOY A RIDE THROUGH HAVANA IN CLASSIC CARS FROM THE 50s!
Stops allow the visit of the most beautiful places in the city.
TOURING THE RACE COURSE BY BUS
covering the old town of Havana, Vedado, Nuevo Vedado and Ayesteran.
ON REQUEST PARTICIPATION IN THE RUNNING EVENT MARACUBA WITH SHORT DISTANCE OF 3 KMS.
Pasta dinner with local and international runners before the marathon.
MARATHON - HALF MARATHON MARABANA
07:00 h - Start of the marathon
10:00 h - Awards Ceremony of first three placed in the marathon, half-marathon and disabled
- Official ending of the marathon
After the marathon: About midday we organize a trip to the nice beaches of Santa María del Mar.
Check out off the hotel in late morning (luggage can be stored for later retrieval), transfer to the airport. This concludes our services locally, and certainly a personal highlight of participating in a marathon!
Our guide is available for the duration of the marathon event and is able to help you when necessary.
Our insider tips for Havana will give you the opportunity to find the best restaurants, bars and nightlife to explore the city.
OPTIONAL OFFERS HAVANA
In the footsteps of Hemingway - Places and History
Fiesta Cubana - Cultural celebration of a community of artists
Santería ritual - Participation in a summoning of the Orishas
Visit of a community in Havana - The daily life
Cabaret Tropicana - World-famous, exotic show
NOTE: ASK FOR A QUOTE FOR FLIGHT TICKET - WE HAVE OFFERS FROM MOST AIRPORTS WORLDWIDE
|MARATHON MARABANA 2016
||Price in €
16. - 21.11.
|Single room supplement
16. - 21.11.
|Single room supplement
MARATHON TRAVEL PACKAGES
Flight to the Island of Cayo Largo
HOTEL SOL CAYO LARGO 4*
|Single room supplement
HOTEL STARFISH CUATRO PALMAS 3*
|Single room supplement
|EXTENSION DAYS IN ALL HOTELS ARE POSSIBLE
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> Flight to Cuba is not included; please ask for a quote
> English speaking tour guide from 16.-21.11.
> Reception at the airport, transfer to hotel
> HOTEL incl. breakfast, Guesthouse incl. breakfast
> GUIDED VISIT OF THE OLD TOWN OF HAVANA
> DAY EXCURSION TO THE VALLEY OF VINALES
> VISIT OF THE BEACH OF SANTA MARIA DEL MAR
> TOUR OF HAVANA IN CLASSIC CARS OF THE 50s
> MEETING WITH LOCAL RUNNERS
> GUARANTEED INSCRIPTION AND RUNNERS NUMBER
> MARATHON T-SHIRT, MEDAL, CERTIFICATE
> Medical check before and after the run
> Visit of the course by bus
> Pasta lunch with local and international participants
> Insider hints to Havana
> Guaranteed travel service policy
> CLOSING OUT DATE: 30.09.
> Subject to change of hotel or itinerary
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