American runners take part in Havana Marathon

2016 is third year since 1987 Americans have been able to take part in race

PEMBROKE PARK, Fla. – Thousands of runners from around the world took part in the Havana Marathon on Sunday.

Nearly 4,000 participants started their race down the famed Malecon and went past the American embassy.

The Havana Marathon was first held in 1987, but this is the third year that Americans have been able to take part in the race.

As a result, Americans runners took place in the race, as Cuba and the United States have rekindled ties recently.

The Cuban flag was held during the race by some runners, and one of the runners even held the famous W flag for the Chicago Cubs.