Run Havana - REGISTRATION CLOSED Havana, Cuba • November 12-16 (0r 18), 2015 Running • Touring • Cuba • Exploration • Culture • Art
WHERE: Havana, Cuba WHEN: November 12-16 (or 18), 2015 FIT LEVEL: Flexible HOTEL: Resort
HIGHLIGHTS / WHAT'S INCLUDED:
Round-trip charter flights between Miami and Havana
5 days / 4 nights at the Memories Miramar resort in Havana
Morning workouts with Coach Yusuf Jeffers
Training program by special guest Jack Fultz, winner of the '76 Boston Marathon
Entry into the Havana marathon, half marathon, or 10K
Certification of travel to Cuba under the U.S. Treasury Department's General License
Daily cultural activities with Cuban people
Expert English-speaking Cuban guides
All meals included
Get to know the sites, sounds, tastes, and people of Cuba on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! Ketanga is teaming up with local guides and a government-approved tour partner to offer a unique experience in a country that few Americans have been able to visit due to long-standing travel restrictions.
Join us for 5 days (option to extend to 7) as we explore Havana, meet locals, take part in cultural activities, and complete the Havana marathon, half marathon, or 10K! Non-runners are welcome, too.
A trip of a lifetime for runners who love to travel, the Run Havana trip is timed around the Marabana Havana Marathon. Participants may choose to run the 10K, half marathon, or full marathon through the streets of Havana.
Throughout the trip, we will be accompanied by the legendary Boston Marathon champion, Jack Fultz, as a special guest and running coach. Jack will provide a training program for runners before the trip, and he will be on site with us in Cuba offering tips and answering questions before the big race.
Additionally, we will host optional workouts each morning leading up to the race led by an expert Ketanga Coach. These workouts may include dynamic stretching, light jogs, core and strengthening exercises, and pre-race warm ups.
Between learning about the country's history to exploring the architecture to gazing back in time at 50's cars, and more, you will make the most of your time in Cuba with our action-packed itinerary.
In the limited down time, you can enjoy the resort's beautiful pool, relaxing spa, or grab a drink at one of the hotel bars with your new friends from the group.
MEET YOUR COACHES:
Coach Bio: Yusuf Jeffers Coach Yusuf has spent over seven years as a Master Trainer / Instructor at top gyms and studios in NYC such as New York Sports Club, Tone House, and TheRUN. He is a NASM-certified trainer in the areas of Sports Medicine, Performance Enhancement, and Corrective Exercise, and he is TRX-certified as well.
In college, Yusuf earned a BA in Biological Sciences and was a NCAA Division I Track and Basketball athlete. His passion for athletic-based training led him to become a Level 1 USA Track & Field (USATF) Coach, as well as develop small group classes focused around sports conditioning, boxing, and running.
On his third retreat with Ketanga, Yusuf will be leading morning workouts to help you gear up for the Havana marathon, half, or 10K
Coach Bio: Jack Fultz (honorary coach) In 1976, Jack won the hottest Boston Marathon in history when temperatures soared above 100 degrees before the start. Over the 26.2 mile course, the marathon's amazing fans used garden hoses to spray down the runners to keep them cool. He set a personal best in Boston two years later when he ran 2:11:17, just 2 seconds behind 3rd Place. In addition, Jack qualified for three Olympic Trials marathons in 1972, 1976, and 1980 though he did not run the Trials in 1980 due to the Olympic Boycott.
He is currently a member of the Georgetown University Hall of Fame, the DC Road Runners Hall of Fame, and also served as an Instructor of Sport Psychology at Tufts University for 26 years. Today, Jack serves as a training consultant for the Dana Farber Boston Marathon Challenge and occasional motivational speaker.
TRIP ITINERARY: *Please note that the itinerary is subject to change
Thursday, Nov 12th
3:15PM arrival in Havana via charter from Miami
Panoramic city tour: visit Revolution Square
Hotel check in and get settled
Introductory welcome meeting
Group dinner at an upscale restaurant in Old Havana
Friday, Nov 13th
Optional AM workout
Visit Ernest Hemingway's Finca Vigia, the Capitol Building, the Great Theater of Havana, and enjoy a walking tour through the four main squares of Havana
Lunch in Old Havana's Cathedral Square
Visit Morro Castle and Cristo de la Havana with specialists from the Cuban Architects and Engineers National Union
Opportunity to shop at the San Jose Handicraft Market for local goods and crafts
Evening ceremony of the Cañonazo ("the Firing of the Cannon")
Dinner at a private restaurant overlooking Havana Bay
Saturday, Nov 14th
Optional AM workout
Runners: Pick up race packages at the Marabana HQ
Non-runners: Visit the Old Havana Model to learn about the growth of the city with an expert from the city's office
Groups re-unite for lunch in a rainforest garden
Visit the Bacardi Building and the "Community Project" of Cuban painter and ceramic artist Jose Rodriguez Fuster
Group dinner at one of Havana's best "paladars" or private restaurants and last-minute tips for tomorrow's race
Sunday, Nov 15th
Runners: Early breakfast and enjoy the race!
Non-runners: Visit Havana University and the National Art School to see the work of local young artists
Groups re-unite for lunch at The Club Havana, made famous in the 1950's and a current hangout for foreign correspondents and diplomats
Farewell group dinner in Old Havana
Monday, Nov 16th
Depart for 4:00PM charter flight to Miami
EXTENDED TRIP OPTION:
Visit Las Terrazas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a Biosphere Reserve
Visit Cuba's oldest coffee plantations and a local artist community
Hiking and zip lining through the rainforest
Homemade local Cuban lunch
Dinner in Havana
*Tuesday, Nov 17th
Visit UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vinales
Explore a tobacco farm to see how Cuban cigars are made
Lunch at the Cuevo del Indio ("Cave of the Indians")