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Race Date

April, 2020

Race Options

5k | 10k | 21k | Marathon

Race Location

Pyongyang, DPRK

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The Route

For 2019 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 route — which is both IAAF bronze label and AIMS 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 inside Kim Il Sung Stadium (including a final lap of the stadium track). This means that everyone participating 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.


Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2019! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km race and 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.

2020 Pyongyang Marathon Tours

2020 Pyongyang Marathon tour details coming soon...


2019 Pyongyang Marathon Race Bulletins Now Available

The official race bulletin for the 30th edition of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon – the 2019 Pyongyang Marathon – has been released by the DPR Korea Amateur Athletics Association. This official bulletin confirms important information for all amateur athletes participating in the 2019 race. This includes that the route for the marathon will again follow the same return route introduced for the 2017 event including the very popular race start and finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of 50,000 people, and that the official full marathon race time limit is 4.5 hours. It also confirms that the race entry fee for the 5km event has decreased and for 2019 will be just $50 USD to enter. The bulletin also confirms that the organising committee continues to work with Koryo Tours as the exclusive rights holder for all amateur athletes, with the exception of runners from some south east Asian countries. This means that by traveling with Koryo Tours to get to the Pyongyang Marathon you are automatically guaranteed entry into the marathon. You can read the bulletin in full by clicking on it below. For elite athletes looking to take part in the 2019 Pyongyang Marathon, the official bulletin for the elite events has also been released – you can view it by following this link.

2019 Pyongyang Marathon is now open for applications!

We’re excited to announce that the 2019 Pyongyang Marathon – also known as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon – is now open for applications.

The event will be taking place on Sunday April 7, 2019 and will follow the same route as previous year’s with the start and finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of 50,000 people. It will also be the 30th running of the race, and we gladly invite you all to join us for this special occasion.

The event’s exclusive partner Koryo Tours has prepared a range of tours of various lengths & budgets, and is offering some special early bird discounts for those that sign up early! You can view the range of tours available above.

In the meantime, here is a video from 2018’s event to get you motivated!

2018 Pyongyang Marathon Results

The 29th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon – also known as the Pyongyang Marathon – was run on Sunday April 8th, 2018.

In chilly conditions that saw snow falling at one point, 1,170 participants from all over the world including 429 amateurs headed to Pyongyang to hit the streets for one the most unique marathons in the world.

With a time of 2:12:53, the DPRK’s very own Ri Kang Bom came in first place for the men, and current Asian Marathon Champion Kim Hye Gyong came in first for women with a 2:27:30 just edging out her twin sister Kim Hye Song who finished second with a 2:27:31.

This year’s event also saw disabled athletes participate for the first time ever with William Tan from Singapore becoming the first person to complete the race in a wheelchair with a time of 2:49:59, and Kim Chol Ung from the DPRK becoming the first visually impaired runner to complete the event with a time of 3:28:20.

You can view the full results in full here


Running in the Pyongyang Marathon is unlike any other race in the world. The crowd support is incredible, and crossing the finishing line is an extraordinary experience thanks to the 50,000 Koreans cheering you on as you make your way around Kim Il Sung stadium.

However, if you are to get the most out of this event, we recommend you expand the following sections to read further about the event.

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Organising Committee

DPR Korea Amateur Athletics Association