Sunday April 7th, 2019
Pyongyang, North Korea
The Pyongyang Marathon also known as the Mangyongdae Prize Marathon is now in its 30th year. The race has been held each April since 1981, but has only opened to foreigners in recent years. This year will be only the 4th year that the race is open to foreign amateurs. The race starts and finishes atKim Il Sung Stadium. In 2016, due to renovations being done to Kim Il Sung Stadium, the Pyongyang Marathon started and finished at the Rungrado May Day,the largest stadium in the world. The race runs through the city streets of Pyongyang past many significant landmarks like the Arch of Triumph, Kim Il Sung Square, Juche Tower, and others.
Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2018! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race and brand new for 2018 - a 5km race.
Hundreds of local runners take part as well as some elite foreign runners. Anyone taking part in this tour who wants to watch the marathon instead of take part in it is more than welcome to do so. There will be local football matches taking place in Kim Il Sung stadium after the start of the race, you can be there for this too!
As well as the Pyongyang Marathon, we will show you the highlights of Pyongyang city, including a visit to the famous Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo.
|Male||2:12:53||Ri Kang Bom||18||North Korea|
|Female||2:27:24||Kim Hye Gyong||25||North Korea|
For 2018 the race is a return course with the route being run through the city centre. Runners will go past many of the iconic buildings, monuments, and streets of Pyongyang, before heading out into the countryside, just outside the urban centre, before running back again.
This new route — which is IAAF bronze label certified — gives runners the chance to see more of the capital than in previous years, and also allows more interaction with people along the course, as it takes in more parts of the city than ever before.
All four amateur races — the 5km, 10km, half marathon, and full marathon — will start and finish insideKim Il SungStadium (including a final lap of the stadium track). This means thateveryoneparticipating will get the chance to finish in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans who will be in attendance at the stadium.
After the race has finished, the top three in the 10 km, half and full marathon amateur categories(men’s full; men’s half; men’s 10km; women’s full; women’s half; women’s 10km) take their place on the stadium’s podium for the award ceremony.