JANUARY 23 2024
On January 23, 2024, Koryo Tours, the official partner overseeing the Pyongyang International Marathon, received official confirmation from the Pyongyang Marathon Committee stating that the originally planned race for April 2024 has been cancelled.
Pyongyang Marathon Reschedule
Despite being disheartening news for participants and fans, there is a ray of hope as ongoing discussions aim to potentially reschedule the event later in the year. If rescheduling takes place, the newly proposed dates are likely to be in September or October 2024.
It’s crucial to emphasize that the rescheduling has not been officially confirmed yet. Koryo Tours is actively monitoring the situation and is committed to providing timely updates on any developments, including confirmation of the rescheduled dates. These updates will be communicated through various platforms, including this channel, our social media channels, and our newsletter.
The rescheduling, if it happens, will only be for the year 2024. The Pyongyang International Marathon is expected to return to its usual April dates in 2025 and beyond, assuming the country is open to tourists at that time.
Pyongyang Marathon Tours
Caution is advised against interpreting this news as confirmation or denial of the country’s openness to tourists soon. The Pyongyang Marathon is not primarily a tourist event, having taken place for many years without tourists’ participation. The cancellation is solely due to the country’s continued closure to almost all visitors.
Even if it opens immediately, there wouldn’t be sufficient time to organize this prestigious race properly. The proposed change to a later date is merely in anticipation of the DPRK being open to visitors by that time. Those responsible for arranging the Pyongyang Marathon are distinct from those who determine the country’s openness or closure.
Regarding Pyongyang Marathon tour bookings, should the event be rescheduled, Koryo Tours will promptly offer tour packages for booking on our website. This will give participants and travellers the chance to partake in this unique event. Details will be available on the Pyongyang Marathon Tours page.
It’s crucial to note that North Korea remains closed to foreign tourism at the moment. For the latest updates on North Korea’s tourism status, please refer to the Koryo Tours website or follow our social media channels (@pyongyangmarathonofficial / @koryotours), or sign up to our newsletter.
All Pyongyang Marathon Tours will be confirmed when the borders are re-opened.