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RUN THE PYONGYANG MARATHON

RACE DAY | 9 APRIL 2017

EVENT INFO

Race Date

Sunday 9 April (2017)

Race Options

10k | 21k | Marathon

Race Location

Pyongyang, DPRK

Exclusive Partner

The Basics

2017 will be only the fourth year that the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon is open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All three of these races take place at the same time and on the same day -- Sunday 9 April (2017) – and will be run on a new course, which is fully recognised by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations). Please note that all non-Korean participants are required to enter the country as part of an organised tour group. This year, the race's official travel partner is Koryo Tours, a Beijing-based, British-run company, which has been operating tours in the DPRK (North Korea) since 1993.

For 2018, the marathon has been confirmed for Sunday 8 April.

The Route

The route is a return course run through central Pyongyang, taking in many of the iconic buildings, monuments and streets before heading out into the countryside just outside of the urban centre, before turning and running back again.

In 2014 and 2015, the amateur race started and finished in and around Kim Il Sung Stadium. In 2016, this was moved to the May Day Stadium. In 2017 the race will revert to Kim Il Sung Stadium.

Each race distance will have a designated turning point at the race half distance point where runners are required to turn and head back towards Kim Il Sung stadium.

The time limit for each race is as follows:

10k < 2 hours
Half Marathon < 2.5 hours
Full Marathon < 4.5 hours

All runners are invited to participate in the race’s opening ceremony, which involves a lap of Kim Il Sung Stadium before heading out onto the streets of Pyongyang. All runners then have the chance to finish their race inside Kim Il Sung stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 50,000 people.

After the race has finished, the top three in each amateur category (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.

How To Take Part

It is not possible to enter the Pyongyang Marathon without being part of an organised tour group. The race's official travel partner, Koryo Tours, has five all-inclusive tour packages to choose from (one from Shanghai, one from Dandong; three from Beijing).

The Pyongyang Marathon has, since 2014, partnered with Koryo Tours to help facilitate the sign-up process for international tourists and runners wanting to take part. Registration for 2017 — via Koryo Tours — is now open. Spots are limited, secure your place now!

RACE ROUTE

The Route

For 2017 the race is a return course — rather than the loop of previous years — 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 three amateur races — the 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 each amateur category (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.

MARATHON TOURS

Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2017! This race can be run either as a full marathon or as a half marathon. There is also a 10km 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.

2017

6 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (From Beijing)

TRAVEL DATES: 7 - 13 April
TOUR COST: 1,690 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

Koryo Returners 5 Night Marathon Tour (From Beijing)

TRAVEL DATES: 6 - 11/12 April
TOUR COST: 1,550 Euros
THIS TOUR IS OPEN FOR RETURN KORYO TOURS CUSTOMERS

3 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (Budget Tour From Dandong)

TRAVEL DATES: 7 - 10 April
TOUR COST: 750 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

Pyongyang Marathon Weekender - 3 Night Tour From Beijing

TRAVEL DATES: 7 - 10 April
TOUR COST: 1,370 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

2.5 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (From Shanghai)

TRAVEL DATES: 6 - 9 April
TOUR COST: 1,350 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

10 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour

TRAVEL DATES: 8 - 18/19 April
TOUR COST: 2,070 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

5 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (From Beijing)

TRAVEL DATES: 6 - 11/12 April
TOUR COST: 1,570 Euros
VERY LIMITED PLACES NOW AVAILABLE FOR THIS TOUR - PLEASE CONTACT US DIRECTLY TO APPLY

3 Night 2017 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (From Beijing)

TRAVEL DATES: 8 - 11 April
TOUR COST: 1,370 Euros
THIS TOUR HAS CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS - PLEASE SEE PYONGYANG MARATHON WEEKENDER TOUR ABOVE

2018

3 Night 2018 Pyongyang Marathon Tour (From Beijing)

TRAVEL DATES: 7 - 10 April
TOUR COST: 1,370 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

MARATHON NEWS

New Race Route for 2017 Pyongyang Marathon

We are very pleased to be able to announce an exciting update to the race route around Pyongyang city on 9 April 2017.

The marathon’s organising committee has confirmed that the route next year has changed significantly from the previous 10km loop around the city centre. For 2017’s race, the race is now a return course — rather than a loop — 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.

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This new route — which is IAAF 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.

Other exciting news about the course is that all three amateur races — the 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’ll be in attendance at the stadium.

This latest update from the Pyongyang Marathon Committee also reaffirms that they’ve granted Koryo Tours the exclusive rights to enter foreign amateur runners into the 2017 edition of the Mangyongdae Prize Pyongyang Marathon.

If you’re interested in taking part in this unique event then we encourage you to sign up soon. Some of our marathon tours are already full, and once the flights and trains to/from Pyongyang during that period hit capacity, then it won’t be possible to add anyone else to the race.

We look forward to seeing everyone on the starting line in Pyongyang – it’s more than just a race!

Registration for 2017 is now open

After this year’s switch to the May Day Stadium, the 2017 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon will revert back to the Kim Il Sung Stadium. Registration for the race — via official travel partners Koryo Tours — is now open!


Looking for inspiration? Look no further than Jong Song Ok — one of the DPRK’s greatest-ever athletes. In 1999, she won the women’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships in Seville, Spain. Her story was later made into a movie: Marathon Runner.

That film has now been remixed with music by The Pyongyang Gold Stars thanks to our partners at Koryo Tours. Registration for next year’s race is now open so get in training and maybe you too can be a World Champion like Jong Song Ok.

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 1 FEB 2017 - SPOTS ARE LIMITED!

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