Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Licensed travel for Havana Marathon

Insight Cuba unveils Havana Marathon tours

By Gay Nagle Myers
Insight Cuba received an amateur sports license from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to allow Americans to participate in the Havana Marathon and half marathon on Nov. 16.

The company, which offers a number of people-to-people programs to Cuba, created three tourssurrounding the event.

"Sport and athletic competition continues to be the great global conduit to bring people, cultures and countries together," said Tom Popper, president. "This year, we can finally realize the dream of Americans running side by side with our island neighbors through the neighborhoods of Havana."

The tours include the Havana Marathon four-day tour from Nov. 14 to 17; the Havana Marathon and People-to-People eight-day warm-up tour from Nov. 10 to 17; and the eight-day Cool-Down tour from Nov. 14 to 21.

Prices range from $2,495 to $4,395 per person, double. Roundtrip charter air from Miami is extra.

All three programs include accommodations at the Melia Cohiba in Havana; meals, including a pre-marathon lunch; services of a Cuban guide; marathon and half-marathon entry fees and bibs; Insight Cuba guided sightseeing and people-to-people encounters with Cuban runners and local residents; and training tips from columnist and coach Jenny Hadfield, who will lead a pre-race shakeout run for participants.

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