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North Korea allowed runner-tourists for first time in Pyongyang Marathon

North Korea for the first time allowed runner-tourists from the world in annual Pyongyang marathon.

Apr 5, 2014 14:09 IST
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North Korea for the first time allowed runner-tourists of the world in annual Pyongyang marathon. It is also known as Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. It is the 27th Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon. International Association of Athletics Federations categorised this marathon as a bronze label road race.

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The marathon is going to be held on 13 April 2014 in Pyongyang. The race will start from Kim Il-sung Stadium and moves on past the Monument to Chinese Soldiers, the Kim Il-sung University and the Taedong River.   

The event includes a full marathon, a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run. A full marathon course entails four loops around the centre of the Pyongyang where nearly 200 tourists have signed up for the event.

In 2013, Ketema Nigusse of Ethopoia won the men’s title in 2:13:04 and Kim Mi Gyong won the women’s title in 2:26:32 for the second time.

About Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon
• The first marathon was held in 1981 for men and for women in 1984. The Marathon was opened for international runners in 2000.
• The main race has been restricted to a select group of elite runners. The race with men and women required to finish the race within 2 hours 27 minutes and 2 hours 38 minutes respectively. It also included race for local students, junior runners.


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