This isn't the first time Americans have run Havana's marathon, as Insight Cuba arranged for 30 runners to race in 2011. But this time runners will have the approval of the U.S. Department of the Treasury under a new amateur sports license. As the tour company president Tom Popper told CNTraveler, "To our knowledge, no one else has run this kind of trip to Cuba".
Fortunately for participants, the trip involves some play and not just all work. Parts of the itinerary explore the province of Pinar del Río, strewn with tobacco fields, and the scenery of Viñales National park, one of the country's most stunning natural beauties.
Getting to Havana to race won't come cheap. But if you're ready to plunk down between $2,495 and $4,395, plus airfare -- and don't forget your custom-designed Nikes -- then it's time to pack up, strap up, and hit the pavement in Cuba's capital.