There's an annual marathon in Havana called the Havana Marathon or Marabana that draws about 2,500 international runners including Americans. With the relaxing of relations between the US and Cuba and the introduction of a sports license that allows semi-professional and amateur athletes to compete in exhibitions and events on the island nation, more and more Americans are heading to Cuba to run. I wrote a news feature on some South Florida runners who are training for the marathon which takes place Nov. 20. (photo above by Jim Rassols of the Sun Sentinel)
Hi there and welcome to my tiny corner of the web. I'm a Cuban-American author of 6 novels. I'm also a breaking news reporter at The New York Times. I am a former features and viral news journalist @SunSentinel in Fort Lauderale. I'm a former Features and Business reporter @BostonGlobe. I got into journalism as a 16-year-old high school intern @Miami Herald in my hometown of Miami. This is my personal blog/site and not affiliated with any of the above news sites although I link some of my news articles on occasion as well as book-related news and my car insights. My email: JohnnyDiaz225@gmail.com
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Looking for Providence (my 5th novel, click on the image)
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Boston Boys Club (my debut)
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Miami Manhunt (my second novel)
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Beantown Cubans (My third novel)
A witty, warmhearted novel of friendship, familia, and finding a place to call home--even in Boston where it's almost impossible to get an authentic Cuban sandwich (click on the image to order)
Take the Lead (my fourth novel)
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CBS Boston interview where I talk about Parkinson's, dating, Miami and Boston