In Maracuba Everyone Counts, Says
of joy is noticeable in Cuban streets a few days from Maracuba,
a marathon in which everyone counts regardless of race, age,
gender, and physical disabilities, which will take place on
The general director of the Marabana-Maracuba
project, Carlos Gatorno,
talked to ACN about this event.
- How did Maracuba emerge?
“Maracuba emerged from the need to spread the experiences
from Marabana, which has been carried out for several years
streets of Havana, to the whole national territory. The
purpose of this
event is to promote physical activity nationwide in view
that the people
have the right to practice sports”.
- What’s the most significant characteristic of this event?
“Simultaneity is the main feature that makes it different
events worldwide and Cuba possesses the necessary conditions
so as to
develop the same sport activities in every province.
Marabana is an allegorical event because the participants
accordance with official distances established by
but Maracuba has to do with every Cuban territory, every
action and every
minute lived so as to shape values in the new generations
population in general. Maracuba allows people from all ages,
disabilities or not, to compete and fraternize together as a
illustrate the importance of socializing sports”.
- How would you describe Maracuba in relation to the
struggle of the Cuban
people for the immediate release of the five Cuban
imprisoned in the U.S.?
“Since 2002 Maracuba reserved that same number for these
that no one could wear it during a race because it belongs
Besides, the Seventh International Colloquium to Free the
Cuban Five ––as
they are internationally known–– will end by November 19, on
the same date
that marks the National Day of Culture and Sports. All the
arranged within the context of Maracuba focus on demanding
the release of
our fellowmen to their homeland”
Gatorno also noted that the Cuban radio station Radio Reloj
will mark the
start of the race at ten in the morning in order to assure
simultaneity nationwide and added that this event will take
every Cuban street.
The minimum distance to travel is one meter and the maximum
kilometers. Participants can compete by running, walking,
wheelchairs or roller skates.
Maracuba, the most attended event of the Cuban sports
celebrate on Saturday ––the previous day to the 25th edition
the National Day of Culture and Sports, the 492nd
anniversary of the Villa
de San Cristobal de la Habana, and the International