34th HAVANNA MARATHON

Sunday 22nd November 2020

Marabana Cuba 2020 will be held on 22 November 2020, coinciding with very important dates for Cuban sport and for Havana, such as National Physical Culture Day and the foundation of the Villa de San Cristóbal in Havana and its proclamation by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

The record of the Havana Marathon is 2.13.37 and on the half marathon of 1.04.10 for men and for women 2.43.29 on the marathon, 1.14.56 on the half marathon.

The winner of the 33rd edition Alien Reyes Ramirez, a Cuban, won in 2:37’22” with more than five minutes of lead over his fellow countryman, Alexeis Osmanis Machado Martinez, who finished in 2:42’50”. The podium is completed by another Cuban, Yoel Ricardo Hidalgo, who crossed the finisch line in 2:45’00”.

In the women’s category, Yudileyvis Castillo Tumbarell won, as in 2018, in 2h53’05”.
She precedes her compatriot Liuris Marta Figueredo Sanchez, 2nd in 3:05’05” and the Italian Gabriele Toffoli, 3rd in 3:09’42”.

Participants: 10 000 runners

The departure is at the foot of the Capitol before crossing the popular Centro and enjoying the beauty of monuments such as the Cabana, the Chorrera, the Punta Castle and taking some beautiful avenues like the Avenue Rancho Boyeros, Salvador Allende, the Malecon and the Paseo del Prado. With nearly 3000 runners from around tirty countries, this is the main racce in Cuba!

  • Start of the race : 07h00
  • End of the race : 13h00
  • Departure and arrival in Parque Central in front of the Capitole
  • Locker room : Preuniversitario José Martí

CUBA formalities

Valid passport for the duration of the stay and 6 month after return flight. The tourist card is the equivalent of the visa for Cuba. For a tourist stay of up to 30 days, a tourist card (nominative) for Cuba is required. Paid, it can only be issued by the Cuban consulate in Paris or the Tour Operators approved by the Cuban authorities.

Havanna's Marathon starts in :

Let yourself be carried away by the rhythms of Cuban music!

Combine your sports trip with relaxation at the beach and cultural visits. Cuba has remained an authentic destination and rich in discovery. After the death of Fidel Castro in 2016 and his successor, his brother Raúl, few things have changed. On 19th April 2018, Vice-president Miguel Díaz-Canei was elected President. For the first time since the 1959 revolution, the head of state responsible for executive power is not called Castro. The new president in Cuba was born in 1960 and worked an an engineer, teacher, and volunteer in Nicaragua.

Although development is slow, you will feel that there are small openings of the regime, the visits of Barack Obama and the Pope have contributed.

During the race, you will find that the Cubans are proud and tough, although their equipment is often very simple. A foreigner runs with state-of-the-art absorbent clothing, carefully selected running shoes and a GPS stopwatch, side by side with a Cuban in a washed T-shirt and tennis shoes, even flip-flops or bare feet. If you have running shoes at home that you no longer want, they will be much appreciated as a gift to a Cuban runner.

Program example: 5 days/ 4 nights

(This is a suggestion for a program: we offer our runners “à la carte” stay, so you can choose your arrival and departure days, type of pension …).

Depending on your arrival time, transfer and accommodation in Havana, Casa Particular or 4* hotel.
Havana’s Old Town, Habana Vieja, is a maze of winding streets and narrow streets.
You will discover the oldest neighborhoods, old cars, cigars, musicians, dancing Cubans and rum drinks…

Installation, night at the hotel of your choice.

Breakfast and walk in the old town with its many historic buildings, popular squares and colonial monuments. If you like rumba, we recommend the Afro-Cuban districts of Havana, Callejón de Hammel. This is where you will find street art, psychedelic artist shops and music!
Afternoon: recovery of racing kits.

In the evening, visit one of Hemingway’s favorite bars where you can enjoy classic drinks such as mojito and daiquiri.

Night at the hotel of your choice.

Breakfast and then walk to the Capitol via the Grand National Theatre where the «Maracuba» welcome race begins at 10:00.
Maracuba takes place in different cities in Cuba on the eve of the «big race». Runners of all ages and nationalities participate. You can take part in this welcome race, which is included in the price of your Marathon registration.
Alternatively, you can also visit the Revolution Museum, near the Capitol.

Night at the hotel of your choice.

Morning breakfast

07h00: start of the race (same time of departure for all distances)
13h30: end of the race

Organization information: water supply is organised every 3/ 4 km along the route.

The runners of the half-marathon and marathon pass in front of the Plaza de la Revolucion, with statues and paintings of heroes such as Che Guevara, Cienfuego and José Marti.

Festive evening to celebrate this event and your performance! End of the evening with the rhythms of Cuban salsa in one of the bodegas on calle Obispo.

Night at the hotel of your choice.

Breakfast

Return flight to France, Germany or Switzerland, or extension in Cuba, either with an extension to the Vinales valley or beach extension on a cayo or in Varadero.

Do not hesitate to contact us for a personalized quote!

 Example of excursions from Havana:

  • Vinales : in 1 day you will discover coffee and tobacco plantations during a horse ride or hike. Lunch in Finca el Paraiso.
  • Private visit of Trinidad and Cienfuegos: in 1 day, visit two of the most beautiful cities of Cuba. Follow your private guide and discover the fascinating colonial architecture and the wonderful landscapes of Trinidad and Cienfuegos.
  • Two-hours American car tour: admire Havana in Style 1950s convertible. Taste the faded elegance of Havana.

Nos offres

  • Hôtel MERCURE SEVILLA 3* sup
  • Hôtel NH CAPRI 4*
  • Hôtel IBEROSTAR PARQUE CENTRAL 5*

Price from 395€ per person, 4 nights base double room and breakfast, from 11/19/20 to 11/23/20.

Right in the centre of Havana’s Old Town, in a street near the Boulevard Prado and about 800m from the start and finish line of the Marathon. José Marti International Airport is about 25km away. 178 rooms, 2 restaurants, 3 bars. Wifi. Outdoor swimming pool.
Rooms with bath/shower WC, hairdryer, Sat TV. Minibar (extra charge), air conditioning. Extra bed possible.

The price includes :

4 nights base double room and breakfast at the Mercure hotel Sevilla 4*, local standards in Havana.

Not included:

  • International flights to Havana
  • Airport/ hotel/ airport transfers
  • Meals, drinks, personal expenses, excursions
  • Single room supplement: 199 €
  • Marathon entry: 70€
  • The tourist card for Cuba: approx. 30 € (subject to change). Top Marathon can provide you the tourist card.
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation insurance

IMPORTANT: the race bib/Marathon entrance can only be sold with a hotel reservation

Prices subject to availability at the time of booking.

Other length of stay and related services (excursions, transfers) contact us.

PRICE FROM: 400 € per person, 4 nights base double room and breakfast from 11/19/20 to 11/23/20

Ideally located to discover Havana, next to the Parque Central, close to the start and finish of the Marathon.
In colonial style, elegant hotel with 427 rooms, 2 buffet restaurants, 4 restaurants, outdoor pool. Spa Center, massages. Comfortable double room with bath/WC, hairdryer, air-conditioning. Safe, minibar with extra charge.

The price includes:

4 nights base double room and buffet breakfast at the NH Capri 4/, local standards hotel in Havana.

Not included:

  • International flights to Havana
  • Airport/ hotel/ airport transfers
  • Meals, drinks, personal expenses, excursions
  • Single room supplement: 199 €
  • Marathon Entry: 70 €
  • The tourist card for Cuba: approx. 30€ (subject to change). Top Marathon can provide you the tourist card.
  • Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation insurance

IMPORTANT: the race bib/Marathon entrance can only be sold with a hotel reservation

Prices subject to availability at the time of booking.

Other length of stay and related services (excursions, transfers) contact us.

PRICE FROM: 565 € per person, 4 nights base double room and breakfast from 11/19/20 to 11/23/20

Ideally located to discover Havana, next to the Central Park, nearby the departure and arrival of the Marathon. In colonial style, elegant hotel with 427 rooms, 2 buffet restaurants, 4 restaurants, outdoor swimming pool. Spa centre, massages. Comfortable double room with bath/WC, hairdryer, air condition. Safe, minibar (with extra charge).

The price includes :
4 nights base double room Modern and buffet lunch at the IBEROSTAR Parque Central 5* local standards in Havana.

Not included :
International flights to Havana
Airport/ hotel/ airport transfers
Meals, drinks, personal expenses, excursions
Single room supplement: 329 €
Marathon entry: 70 €
The tourist card for Cuba: approx. 30 € (subject to change). Top Marathon can provide you the tourist card.
Cancellation/luggage/assistance/repatriation insurance

IMPORTANT: the race bib/Marathon entrance can only be sold with a hotel reservation

Prices subject to availability at the time of booking.

Other length of stay and related services (excursions, transfers) contact us.

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