For his next great achievement since turning 50 in September, Will Smith traveled to Havana, Cuba to complete the city’s Marabana Half Marathon event. According to NBC Miami, around 6,000 participants sought to make it to the finish line on Sunday (Nov. 18).
In a quick statement to eager spectators, the award-winning actor said this moment has always been on his bucket list. Since finishing the run, Smith’s able to check off another longtime goal. “I’m excited,” the father-of-three said. “The energy is ridiculous in this place.”
The annual Marabana Half Marathon was first established in 1987. Other countries that were greatly represented during this year’s edition included France, the United States, and Mexico. Cuba’s very own Henry Jaen finished the full marathon in first place. Smith finished the 13-mile stretch in 2 hours and 30 minutes.
For 2018, the Independence Day star sought to do things that frighten him the most. From bungee jumping in the Grand Canyon to skydiving in Dubai, the veteran entertainer reassured fans that they must conquer their fear in order to reach life’s better parts.
“You realize at the point of maximum danger is the point of minimum fear. It’s bliss. Why were you scared in your bed the night before? What do you need that fear for? Everything up to the stepping point, there’s actually no reason to be scared,” he said. “It only just ruins your day. The best things in life are on the other side of terror, on the other side of your maximum fear, are all of the best things in life.”
WATCH: Actor Will Smith ran the Marabana Half Marathon through Havana, Cuba to honor his 50th birthday.
The “Men in Black” actor finished the 13-mile race in an official time of just over 2 1/2 hours. pic.twitter.com/lvlwfs9JDp
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) November 19, 2018
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Corrí medio maratón en La Habana esta mañana. Gracias Cuba! Me encantó!
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