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- Is this the official website of the Pyongyang Marathon?
Runners should be aware that there is no official site of the Pyongyang Marathon. As internet is still largely restricted or unused in North Korea, the DPRK Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon Committee has not produced an official site for the Pyongyang Marathon. Any and all of the Pyongyang Marathon websites online are produced and maintained by foreign tour operators who are promoting the Pyongyang Marathon and authorized to register runners in the marathon through tour packages. pyongyangmarathon.com is not the official website of the marathon. It is a website maintained by Koryo Tours. This site is also not the official site of the Pyongyang Marathon. thepyongyangmarathon.com website is maintained by Uri Tours. This website, as with all other sites dedicated to the Pyongyang Marathon, serves to provide runners information about the marathon and how to book a tour to register for the marathon.
- Which companies offer Pyongyang Marathon tours?
There are a handful of licensed foreign DPRK tour operators who are authorized to promote and sell the Pyongyang Marathon. Any foreign tour operator licensed to run tours in North Korea is considered an official partner of the Pyongyang Marathon. Here is a select list of tour operators, some of whom may or may be offering Pyongyang Marathon tour packages.
- Uri Tours
- Korea Konsult AB
- Young Pioneer Tours
- KTG Travel
- Juche Travel Services
- Lupine Travel
- Your Planet
- Koryo Tours
There are a handful of general licensed DPRK tour operators. Any number of these tour operators can bring you to North Korea and can register you to run in the Pyongyang Marathon. You can read more about this issue here.
- What is the date of the marathon?
The annual Pyongyang Marathon (also known as the Mangyondae International Prize Marathon) will take place on 09 April 2017 in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Participants may choose to run:
- 10K sprint
- 21.1K half-marathon
- 42.2K full-marathon
- Who can register?
Nearly anyone can register to participate in the Pyongyang Marathon. Contrary to popular belief, it is not forbidden or illegal for foreigners to visit North Korea (also known the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea “DPRK”). You can visit North Korea and participate in the race by booking a tour and registering with a licensed North Korea tour operator. There are several tour operators that offer tours and travel packages which includes the Pyongyang Marathon.
- How can I register and pay?
You can register for the Pyongyang Marathon with a licensed DPRK tour operator. Registration payment for the Pyongyang Marathon can be paid directly to the tour operator who will handle your travel and marathon registration.
- What time does the race start?
There is a pre-race ceremony that starts around 08:00. The race starts at approximately 9am and is over no later than 1pm.
- Where is the finish line?
The finish line for the 30th Annual Pyongyang Marathon is in the Kim-il Sung Stadium. The half marathon finishes near Mangyongdae Native House and has a shuttle bus back to the stadium. The 10K finish line is near the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum.
- Are there refreshments along the course?
There are water stations positioned all along the course. There will be 4 refreshment stands where you can arrange to have energy bars or gels held for you. Coordinate this with your guides.
- Where can I see pictures of the race?
We will have a team of professional photographers covering all aspects of the Pyongyang Marathon. Their mission will be to photograph as many participants as possible along the route or at the finish lines. The photos will be shared on our social media channels.
To see photos from past marathons, visit our Pyongyang Marathon History page where you see photos sorted by year and catagory.