What is the Pyongyang Marathon? Tell me more!
What is the Pyongyang Marathon?
The Pyongyang Marathon is formally known in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. It is held every year on the Sunday before the President Kim Il Sung’s birthday (April 15th). This year’s event will be AIMS certified (the Association of International Marathon and Distance Races)
The race was opened to amateur runners and tourists in 2014 and will welcome any participants for future tours. There are four different distances available to runners: the 5km marathon, mini marathon (10km), half marathon (20km) and full marathon (42km).
What’s the stadium like?
The Marathon begins and ends at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang.
The stadium can seat up to 70,000 and is usually completely full for this event. The marathon course passes the Arch of Triumph, Chinese Friendship Tower, Eternal life Tower, Kim Il Sung University, The Korean War Museum, through Kim Il Sung Square and down to the southern suburbs of Pyongyang.
What should I wear?
Asides from comfortable running clothing, entrants are also required to bring a tracksuit (jacket and trousers)
for attendance of the opening and closing ceremonies. The size and number of any logos on clothing is regulated according to AIMS regulations, however the Pyongyang Marathon is notable for an extra rule – no American or Japanese flags are allowed on any items of clothing.
How much does it cost?
At the current time the entry fees for the marathon and time allowances are as follows, those may be subject to change by the ministry of sport or the Pyongyang Marathon Committee.
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A race timing chip is included in the price above. The maximum time limit for the full marathon is 5 and a half hours, half marathon is 2 and a half hours and both the mini marathon and 5km marathon is 2 hours. All running participants will receive a Pyongyang marathon medal, with the top three men and women in each distance excluding the 5km run receiving ceramic vases at the awards ceremony held in front of 70,000 people!
The Pyongyang Marathon committee also welcomes differently-abled runners. If you are interested in running please let us know more about your details so we can confirm everything ahead of the event.
Registry for all marathon runners is on a first come first served basis and limited to 1500 runners in total, and registration closes at the end of February.