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 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.
PYONGYANG MARATHON GALLERY
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.
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.
AIMS – the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races – is the international body behind the development and progress of many of the best distance running races in the world. Founded in 1982, the organisation now has more than 400 member races in over 90 countries. AIMS is also an official partner of the IAAF whom adopted the international standard of course measurement first established by AIMS.
And we are very excited to announce that the Pyongyang Marathon has now been certified by AIMS!
This new certification is further recognition that the Pyongyang Marathon meets international marathon standards and provides the organisers with an even bigger source of knowledge to develop & evolve the event. For you as a runner it also means that your race times achieved in Pyongyang can now be used to enter events where a minimum qualification time is required such as the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon!
You can view the official AIMS listing here on their website.
There is still time to secure your spot on the start line for this year’s event – you could be the first person to qualify for the Boston Marathon on the streets of Pyongyang!
The DPR Korea Amateur Athletics Association have been working very hard with their partners behind the scenes and are happy to confirm the following important updates for the 29th edition of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, or also known as the 2018 Pyongyang Marathon;
Extended Finishing Time – the official marathon bulletin confirms 4.5 hours as the upper time-limit, but we are pleased to confirm this is being extended to 5.5 hours making the full marathon possible for more people. After 4.5 hours the stadium door will close so that the closing ceremony events can start to take place, but an official finishing line will be placed outside the stadium so that the complete course can still be finished, an official time logged and a finishers medal be earned.
5km Race Distance Option – the exact route is still to be determined, but this added option means that even those for whom 10km is too far can now join in.
Disabled Runners – previously the race was not officially open to those taking part while using wheelchairs, visually-disabled runners and so on. We are pleased to announce that this will now change and we have made it possible to accept runners from a wider range starting in 2018. If you have any special requirements, then please get in contact with our official race partner Koryo Tours who can assist with getting you to Pyongyang and entering you into the race.
These are all very exciting firsts for us to announce to everybody, and we look forward to seeing you all on the starting line in Pyongyang in 2018!
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.