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Pyongyang Marathon FAQ

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 Marathon begins and ends at the Kim Il Sung Stadium in Pyongyang. 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, half marathon and full marathon.

The course begins at the Kim Il Sung Stadium then passes the Arch of Triumph, 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.

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.

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.

April Marathon Event

Cost of Entry
Full 42km/26 miles €135
Half 20km/12 miles €90
10KM 10km/6 miles €65
5KM 5km/3 miles €65

A race timing chip is included in the price above. The maximum time limit for the full marathon is 4 hours (possibly 4 and a half hours but TBA), 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 certificate titled to you, 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.

What do our runners from the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 marathon say about us and the marathon?

“Pyongyang Marathon is an absolute must. Finishing the run with a lap around the stadium infront of 50,000 people was amazing. YPT tour guide was excellent – had sound information on NKorea and Pyongyang, joined in all the fun and made it an unforgettable experience”

“What an unbelievable experience. We did the Pyongyang marathon which was one of the best experiences of my life – 70,000 people going mad in the stadium and the start and finale and more cheering you through the streets – as a non-professional athlete I would go just for the experience of feeling like one.”

“I did the Marathon tour in April 2014 with YPT, and it was a blast! Had a great group of people and the whole experience was amazing… I would love to see more of the country, and when I go back I’ll definitely join YPT again.”

For more information check out our FAQ blog here.