Once again, Koryo Tours is excited to offer the chance for amateur runners to take part in the Pyongyang Marathon 2021! 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!
Koryo have tours available departing from Beijing, Shanghai and Dandong, and starting from as little as 499 EUR per person - there is a tour option available for everyone!
2021 Pyongyang Marathon Tours
PYONGYANG MARATHON RACE ROUTE
For 2021 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.
PYONGYANG MARATHON NEWS
The National Olympic Committee of DPR Korea, in association with the DPRK Amateur Athletics Association and Koryo Tours, have confirmed today that the 2020 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon – also known as the Pyongyang Marathon – is cancelled due to the ongoing closure of the DPRK border, and COVID-19 virus situation in China and the greater region.
The marathon organisers wish to convey their gratitude to all the participants who had signed up for the 2020 Pyongyang Marathon, for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.
The next edition of the Pyongyang Marathon will be in April 2021 with the date to be confirmed shortly. The organisers hope to, and look forward to seeing everyone at the 2021 event in Pyongyang.
Please contact your travel company for further information if you are affected by this cancellation.
The 2019 Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon – the Pyongyang Marathon – was run on Sunday 7 April, 2019.
Over 1,600 participants hit the streets of Pyongyang including around 1,000 amateur runners to participate in what is the main event of the Mangyongdae Prize Sports Competition. A total of 59 countries were represented in the event.
Conditions were perfect for the event with blue skies, cool temperatures and an eager crowd of 50,000 people ready to cheer on runners inside Kim Il Sung Stadium.
The men’s race was won by Ri Kang Bom (DPR Korea) for the second year in a row with a 2:11:18, and the women’s race was won by Ri Kwang Ok (DPR Korea) with a 2:26:57.
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.
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.