RUN THE PYONGYANG MARATHON

RACE DAY | 9 APRIL 2017

EVENT INFO

Race Date

Sunday 9 April (2017)

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Race Options

10k | 21k | Marathon

Starting Location

Pyongyang, DPRK

Official Partner

Koryo Tours

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 follow exactly the same 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.

The Route

The route is essentially a 10km-long loop of the city.

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.

Those running the 10km do this loop once and finish by Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph. Those doing the Half Marathon run the loop twice; those doing the Full Marathon run it four times. Those running the Full finish inside the stadium.

The time limit for each race is as follows:

10k < 2 hours
Half Marathon < 2.5 hours
Full Marathon < 4 hours

All runners are invited to participate in the race’s opening ceremony, which involves a lap of Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a capacity crowd. 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 four all-inclusive tour packages to choose from (one from Shanghai; 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.

RACE ROUTE

Race Route Road
Race Route Road Zoom
Race Route Terrain
Race Route Terrain Zoom
The Route

The route is essentially a 10km-long loop of the city. Those running the 10km do this loop once and finish by Pyongyang’s Arch of Triumph. Those doing the Half Marathon run the loop twice; those doing the Full Marathon run it four times. The Full will finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium.

All runners are invited to participate in the race’s opening ceremony, which involves a lap of Kim Il Sung Stadium in front of a capacity crowd. 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 NEWS

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!

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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.

Race Highlights From 2015

If you want an insight into what it’s like to run a marathon in Pyongyang then check out this video made by our partners at Koryo Tours. It tells the story of the 2015 race, and follows some of the Western tourists who signed up to compete in this most exclusive of races. The 2016 edition will be only the third time in history that foreign amateurs will be permitted to take part. But please note that all Westerners must sign up via an authorized travel company, such as Koryo Tours. See you at the start line!

 

REGISTRATION CLOSES ON 1 JAN 2017

 

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