Havana, Cuba, March 21.- Despite heavy rains in most of the western part of Cuba hundreds of thousands of persons from all over the country participated today in the 11th Terry Fox Marathon of Hope, which started at 10:00 am.
The start/finish line in Havana was across from the Capitol building, at the entrance to the Kid Chocolate Sport Complex.
The race seeked to make the public aware of the fight against cancer and to promote new life styles. It is also a tribute to Terry Fox, a young Canadian who had one leg amputated when he was 18 due to cancer, and, using a false leg, ran over 42 kilometres every day for 143 days.
As in every year, the race took place in the main avenues, squares and the most remote places of the country. The starting signal was given by the Radio Reloj national station, so that runners in the 169 municipalities of the country could start simultaneously. Everyone could take part, even with roller skates, bicycles or wheelchairs.
After Canada, Cuba is the country with the largest number of participants in the world. (ACN)