The Marathon of Havana, which will be named the Global Ports Marabana, will be promoted through RPM-MKTG, an events company with experience of similar events including the Zurich Marató de Barcelona, the eDreams Mitja Marató de Barcelona and the Gaes Titan Desert by Garmin.
GPH’s choice to sponsor the event follows the company’s agreement in May to operate Havana’s cruise port, as the company looks to expand its global footprint in the Americas.
Leading up to the main marathon event, a number of shorter distance races will take place, including a Half Marathon, 10k and 5k events.
In the past few years, the Cuba Marathon has experienced a significant increase in the number of foreign participants, who have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit and explore the island.
Emre Sayin, GPH ceo said: 'We are delighted that this year’s Global Run event will take place in Havana. It is a beautiful location, and having recently added the operation of Havana Cruise Port to our portfolio, we look forward to enabling more people to enjoy this iconic destination in the coming years.'
The Global Run is organized by Global Ports Holding on an annual basis, in the ethos of global collaboration, peace and understanding.
Havana is the fifth Global Run
Last year, Global Run attracted more than 8,000 participants from 43 countries to the Global Ports Marathon in Ravenna.
So far, the Global Run has been held in Bodrum, Turkey; Valletta, Malta; Bar/Kotor, Montenegro and Ravenna, Italy.
GPH’s intention is to host a Global Run in all locations of its growing portfolio – currently 14 ports located around the world.