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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

Official 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 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

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 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.

You will be staying at the Yanggakdo Hotel, one of the deluxe standard hotels in Pyongyang.

2.5 Night Tour for 2017 Marathon, from Shanghai (April 6 – 9)

Travel dates: 6 - 9 April
TOUR COST: 1,350 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

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Itinerary

Thursday 6th April – DEPARTURE DAY

  • Pre-Tour briefing at Pudong Airport at approx 9pm (exact time TBC)
  • Flight to Pyongyang

Friday 7th April – KAESONG & THE DMZ

  • Early arrival at Pyongyang Airport
  • Breakfast in Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Drive from Pyongyang – Kaesong (2.5 hrs) for tour of Panmunjom/DMZ
  • Kaesong Koryo Museum and Stamp shop
  • Traditional pansanggi lunch in Kaesong with dog meat soup option (5 EUR)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang and check into Yanggakdo Hotel
  • Relax/sleep time before dinner!

Saturday 8th April – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

  • Mansudae Fountain Park and Mansudae Grand Monument
  • Juche Tower
  • Party Foundation Monument
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookshop
  • Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo
  • Optional visit to Taedonggang No 3 bar and microbrewery
  • Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema

Sunday 9th April – PYONGYANG MARATHON

  • Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Go back to hotel for showers/rest/lunch
  • Munsu Waterpark
  • Flight departs Pyongyang at 22:30 (exact time TBC)

END of tour.

Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.


Tour Information

TOUR COST: EUR 1,370 (Early Bird Price)
VISA FEE: EUR 50
PRE-TOUR MEETING: April 7th (Friday),
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
  2. All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
  3. Hotel accommodation
  4. A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
  5. All transportation in the DPRK

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE:

  1. Marathon registration fees (TBC)
  2. Timing chip (runners only – approx 10 EUR)
  3. DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
  4. Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
  5. Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
  6. The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR
  7. Munsu Waterpark (10 EUR)
  8. Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
  9. Spending money for souvenirs

3 Night Tour for 2017 Marathon, from Beijing (April 8 – 11)

Travel dates: 8 - 11 April
TOUR COST: 1,370 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

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Itinerary

Friday 7th April – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

  • Pre-tour briefing at our office in Beijing.
  • You can attend a briefing at 2pm, 4pm, or 6pm

Saturday 8th April – ARRIVAL DAY

  • Departure Beijing – Pyongyang (time tbc)
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Mansudae Fountain Park
  • Mansudae Grand Monument
  • Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema

Sunday 9th April – PYONGYANG MARATHON

  • Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Go back to hotel for showers/rest/lunch
  • Munsu Waterpark
  • Koryo Cup award ceremony and dinner

Monday 10th April – CITY TOUR

  • Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung)
  • Juche Tower
  • Party Foundation Monument
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookshop
  • Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo
  • Taedonggang No 3 bar and microbrewery
  • Farewell dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant

Tuesday 11th April – DEPARTURE DAY

  • Flight Pyongyang – Beijing (time tbc)

END of tour.

Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.


Tour Information

TOUR COST: EUR 1,370 (Early Bird Price)
VISA FEE: EUR 50
PRE-TOUR MEETING: April 7th (Friday),
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Beijing
  2. All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
  3. Hotel accommodation
  4. A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
  5. All transportation in the DPRK

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE:

  1. Marathon registration fees (TBC)
  2. Timing chip (runners only – approx 10 EUR)
  3. DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
  4. Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
  5. Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
  6. The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR
  7. Munsu Waterpark (10 EUR)
  8. Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
  9. Spending money for souvenirs

3 Night (Budget) Tour for 2017 Marathon, from Dandong (April 7 – 10)

Travel dates: 7 - 10 April
TOUR COST: 750 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

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Itinerary

Friday 7th April – DEPARTUE DAY (FROM DANDONG)

  • Pre-tour briefing in Dandong (Liaoning Province) at 8am
  • 09:35 train departs from Dandong
  • Cross border and pass through customs
  • Travel through the Korean countryside
  • See farms, villages, etc along the way (from the train)
  • Arrival in Pyongyang at approx. 17:30
  • Meet the local guides on the railway platform
  • Begin the Pyongyang adventure!

Saturday 8th April – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

  • Mansudae Fountain Park
  • Mansudae Grand Monument
  • Juche Tower
  • Party Foundation Monument
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookshop
  • Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo
  • Optional visit to Taedonggang No 3 bar and microbrewery
  • Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema

Sunday 9th April – PYONGYANG MARATHON

  • Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Go back to hotel for showers/rest/lunch
  • Munsu Waterpark
  • Local Beer Bar – mix with locals enjoying their day off
  • Walk down the newly built Mirae (Future) Street in Pyongyang

Monday 10th April – DEPARTURE DAY

  • The train departs from Pyongyang at 10:10am
  • The train arrives in Dandong (Liaoning Province, China) at approximately 17:30 local time.
  • The tour finishes here. You can go on to explore this fascinating border city, the surrounding areas, or make your way to Beijing or elsewhere after an amazing trip to the DPRK

END of tour.

Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair.

We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.


Tour Information

TOUR COST: EUR 750 (Early Bird Price)
VISA FEE: EUR 50
PRE-TOUR MEETING: April 7th (Friday),
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Return train journey: Dandong – Pyongyang / Pyongyang – Dandong
  2. All meals on the tour (these will be at local restaurants or in the hotel)
  3. Hotel accommodation
  4. A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver per group
  5. All transportation in the DPRK

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE:

  1. Marathon registration fees (42k: 100 EUR / 21k: 70 EUR / 10k: 50 EUR)
  2. Timing chip (runners only – approx 10 EUR)
  3. DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
  4. Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
  5. Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 30 EUR total)
  6. The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR
  7. Munsu Waterpark (10 EUR)
  8. Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
  9. Spending money for souvenirs

5 Night Tour for 2017 Marathon, from Beijing (April 6 – 11/12)

Travel dates: 6 - 11/12 April
TOUR COST: 1,570 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

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Itinerary

Wednesday 5th April – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

  • Pre-Tour briefing at our office in Beijing. You can attend a briefing at 2pm, 4pm, or 6pm

Thursday 6th April – ARRIVAL DAY

  • Departure Beijing – Pyongyang (time tbc)
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Mansudae Fountain Park
  • Mansudae Grand Monument

Friday 7th April – KAESONG + DMZ

  • Drive from Pyongyang – Kaesong (2.5 hrs)
  • Tour of Panmunjom/DMZ
  • Kaesong Koryo Museum and Stamp shop
  • Traditional lunch in Kaesong with dog meat soup option (5 EUR)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Pyongyang Golden Lane Bowling Alley

Saturday 8th April – PYONGSONG

  • Drive to town of Pyongsong (40 mins drive north of Pyongyang)
  • Pyongsong Central Square and statues
  • Visit to Kim Jong Suk Middle School
  • Paeksong Revolutionary Site
  • Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts (inc. performance)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Shooting Range (5 USD for 20 bullets if you want to have a go!)
  • Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema

Sunday 9th April – PYONGYANG MARATHON

  • Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Go back to hotel for showers/rest/lunch
  • Munsu Waterpark
  • Koryo Cup award ceremony

Monday 10th April – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

  • Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung)
  • Juche Tower
  • Party Foundation Monument
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookshop
  • Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo
  • Taedonggang No 3 bar and microbrewery
  • Farewell dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant

Tuesday 11th April – DEPARTURE DAY

  • The train departs at 10:40am and arrives in Beijing at approximately 08:30am on Wednesday April 12
  • Flight Pyongyang – Beijing (time tbc).
  • Please let us know when booking if you would prefer the flight back to Beijing (surcharge 50 EUR).

END of tour.

Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.


Tour Information

TOUR COST: EUR 1,570 (Early Bird Price)
VISA FEE: EUR 50
PRE-TOUR MEETING: April 5th (Wednesday), at our office in Beijing
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang
  2. Train Pyongyang – Beijing
  3. All meals on the tour (apart from on the train back to Beijing)
  4. Hotel accommodation
  5. A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
  6. All transportation in the DPRK

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE:

  1. Marathon registration fees (TBC)
  2. Timing chip (runners only – approx 10 EUR)
  3. DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
  4. Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
  5. Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
  6. Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
  7. The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR
  8. Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
  9. Spending money for souvenirs
  10. Munsu Water Park EUR 10

10 Night Tour for 2017 Marathon, plus Kim Il Sung Birthday, from Beijing (April 8 – 18/19)

Travel dates: 8 - 18/19 April
TOUR COST: 2,070 Euros
THIS TOUR IS NOW OPEN

View Full Tour Details

Itinerary

Wednesday 5th April – MANDATORY PRE-TOUR BRIEFING

  • Pre-Tour briefing at our office in Beijing. You can attend a briefing at 2pm, 4pm, or 6pm

Thursday 6th April – ARRIVAL DAY

  • Departure Beijing – Pyongyang (time tbc)
  • Arch of Triumph
  • Mansudae Fountain Park
  • Mansudae Grand Monument

Friday 7th April – KAESONG + DMZ

  • Drive from Pyongyang – Kaesong (2.5 hrs)
  • Tour of Panmunjom/DMZ
  • Kaesong Koryo Museum and Stamp shop
  • Traditional lunch in Kaesong with dog meat soup option (5 EUR)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Pyongyang Golden Lane Bowling Alley

Saturday 8th April – PYONGSONG

  • Drive to town of Pyongsong (40 mins drive north of Pyongyang)
  • Pyongsong Central Square and statues
  • Visit to Kim Jong Suk Middle School
  • Paeksong Revolutionary Site
  • Pyongsong Conservatory of Performing Arts (inc. performance)
  • Drive back to Pyongyang
  • Shooting Range (5 USD for 20 bullets if you want to have a go!)
  • Option to attend a private film screening of ‘Comrade Kim Goes Flying’ at the Yanggakdo International House of Cinema

Sunday 9th April – PYONGYANG MARATHON

  • Pyongyang Marathon!
  • Go back to hotel for showers/rest/lunch
  • Munsu Waterpark
  • Koryo Cup award ceremony

Monday 10th April – PYONGYANG CITY TOUR

  • Mangyongdae Native House (birthplace of Kim Il Sung)
  • Juche Tower
  • Party Foundation Monument
  • Kim Il Sung Square
  • Foreign Language Bookshop
  • Ride 6 stations on the Pyongyang Metro
  • Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum
  • Captured spy ship USS Pueblo
  • Taedonggang No 3 bar and microbrewery
  • Farewell dinner at Duck BBQ restaurant

Tuesday 11th April – DEPARTURE DAY

  • The train departs at 10:40am and arrives in Beijing at approximately 08:30am on Wednesday April 12
  • Flight Pyongyang – Beijing (time tbc).
  • Please let us know when booking if you would prefer the flight back to Beijing (surcharge 50 EUR).

END of tour.

Please note that the itinerary may differ slightly to what is above but your tour leader will do their best to ensure that as much is covered as possible and will also add in extras when there is time such as a visit to a local bar or a funfair. We visit the DPRK regularly and know all the best places to go to make your trip even more unique. We will make the most of your time in the DPRK to guarantee the experience of a lifetime.


Tour Information

TOUR COST: EUR 1,570 (Early Bird Price)
VISA FEE: EUR 50
PRE-TOUR MEETING: April 5th (Wednesday), at our office in Beijing
Room upgrades available – please ask for more information.

TOUR FEE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  1. Return flight Beijing – Pyongyang
  2. Train Pyongyang – Beijing
  3. All meals on the tour (apart from on the train back to Beijing)
  4. Hotel accommodation
  5. A Koryo Tours tour leader, two local Korean guides, and a driver
  6. All transportation in the DPRK

NOT INCLUDED IN THE TOUR FEE:

  1. Marathon registration fees (TBC)
  2. Timing chip (runners only – approx 10 EUR)
  3. DPRK visa fee 50 EUR
  4. Optional flight back to Beijing at end of the tour (50 EUR)
  5. Optional single room supplement of 50 EUR per night
  6. Tips for the local Korean guides and driver (approx 50 EUR total)
  7. The lift up the Juche Tower (optional) 5 EUR
  8. Meals include a complimentary beer and water, but you will need to purchase extra drinks if needed
  9. Spending money for souvenirs
  10. Munsu Water Park EUR 10

MARATHON REGISTRATION

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!


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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