Global Ports Holding was the name and main sponsor of the event, which brought together participants from around the world to run in support of cultural tolerance and enjoy Havana’s beauty. Over 6,000 athletes from 51 different countries participated in the marathon and ran through one of the most culturally rich and beautiful cities in the world. About 1,600 of the participants were foreigners. The largest number of participants came from the USA (278), followed by Mexico (90) and France (84) which was the European country most represented in the Caribbean event. One of the surprises was the participation of the of the actor and singer Will Smith in the half marathon.
The Global Ports Marabana Cuba took place over four different distances: 5km, 10km, a half marathon distance (21.1km) and a full marathon distance (42.2km). All races started from and finished at the “Paseo del Padro”, which lies between “Teniente Rey” and “San José” (in front of the “Capitolio”). Runners participating in the marathon distance of 42 kilometres, passed in front of the most emblematic sites of the city, including the “Capitolio”, the Revolution Museum and the famous “Malecon” or the Revolution Square, to name a few sights. The athletes enjoyed the weather, the music, the Cuban culture and the support of the people during the race.
Global Ports Holding executives presented the awards to winners of all three categories together with Cuban authorities. Winners of the marathon in men’s was Cuban athlete Henry Jaen for a sixth time with a record of 2 hours, 33 minutes and 59 seconds. In women’s, Yudileyvis Castillo came first by completing the marathon in 2 hours, 53 minutes and 51 seconds. GPH gave away a trip to Half Marathon in Barcelona, on February 10th, to the male and female winners in Marathon and Half Maratona categories.
Global Ports Holding CEO, Emre Sayin said:
“We are very proud to hold the Global Run in Havana, Cuba, which is the latest addition to Global Ports Holding’s growing portfolio of cruise ports. The event importantly demonstrates our continued commitment, as the world’s largest cruise port operator, to promoting integration and tolerance among different cultures. Congratulations to everyone who took part.’’
The race is organized by Global Ports Holding every year with the hope of bringing the world one step closer to peace and understanding. People from many different countries and cultures join the event, at a different Global port city each year. So far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; Bar/Kotor, Montenegro; Ravenna, Italy and now Havana; Cuba. The intention is to host a Global Run in all locations of Global Port Holding’s growing portfolio – currently 15 cruise ports located around the world.