havana-live-marabanaHAVANA, Oct. 2  With a month and half to go before Havana hosts its annual marathon, known as the Marabana, some 370 runners from 39 countries have already registered to compete, the Cuban News Agency (ACN) reported Wednesday.

If the trend holds, Cuba could see a record number of international runners take part in the Nov. 16 event. “With 45 days still left till the official deadline for online registration, Marabana organizers are highly pleased with the way things are going,” the ACN said.
Given the huge international interest in the run this year, organizers have decided to extend online registration until Oct. 30, in a bid to see whether they can surpass Marabana’s record high of 400 foreign participants, the agency said.

The Marabana, first held in 1987, is considered Cuba’s biggest international marathon. The marathon and half marathon are open to all categories of runners, from elite to those with disabilities (blindness, hearing impaired, confined to a wheelchair).
The countries with the most number of runners at the 2013 Marabana were Italy, Germany and Denmark. Some 50 runners from the United States also took part, despite U.S. travel bans on Americans going to Cuba. (Xinhua)