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RUN THE PYONGYANG MARATHON

RACE DAY | APRIL 7, 2019

EVENT INFO

Race Date

April 7, 2019

Race Options

5k | 10k | 21k | Marathon

Race Location

Pyongyang, DPRK

Exclusive Partner

RACE ROUTE

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.

MARATHON TOURS

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.

2019

2 Night Budget Marathon Tour from Dandong

Travel dates: 6 - 8 April
TOUR COST: from 499 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

3 Night Budget Marathon Tour from Dandong

Travel dates: 5 - 8 April
TOUR COST: from 599 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

4 Night Budget Marathon Tour from Dandong

Travel dates: 5 - 9 April
TOUR COST: from 749 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

2 Night Marathon Weekend Tour from Beijing by Flight

Travel dates: 6 - 8 April
TOUR COST: 1,059 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 953 EUR per person!***

2.5 Night Marathon Tour from Shanghai by Flight

Travel dates: 4 - 7 April
TOUR COST: 1,350 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 1,215 EUR per person!***

3 Night Marathon Tour from Beijing

Travel dates: 6 - 9 April
TOUR COST: from 899 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 809 EUR per person!***

5 Night Marathon Tour from Beijing

Travel dates: 4 - 9/10 April
TOUR COST: from 1,299 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 1,169 EUR per person!***

7 Night Marathon Tour from Beijing

Travel dates: 4 - 11/12 April
TOUR COST: from 1,549 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 1,394 EUR per person!***

10 Night Marathon & Kim Il Sung Birthday Tour from Beijing

Travel dates: 6 - 16/17 April
TOUR COST: from 1,749 EUR per person
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

***SUPER EARLY BIRD PRICE JUST 1,574 EUR per person!***
Super Early Bird prices on offer expire on July 31st, 2018 - to secure the offer you need to book and pay your deposit by the promotion end date.

MARATHON NEWS

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

The Pyongyang Marathon is AIMS Certified!

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!

RACE PREPARATION

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.

The 2019 Pyongyang Marathon is now open for applications! Get in early to secure your place as spots are limited!

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OFFICIAL PARTNERS & SUPPLIERS

Organising Committee

DPR Korea Amateur Athletics Association