2016 Pyongyang Marathon venue changed to the May Day Stadium
Although the Pyongyang Marathon has always started and ended in the Kim Il Sung Stadium, it’s currently undergoing renovations which means that this year’s marathon will now be hosted in the newly renovated May Day Stadium! The May Day Stadium (more formally known as the Rungrado 1st of May Stadium) holds 150,000 spectators making it the largest open-air stadium in the world. Situated on an island in the Taedong River, it hosts North Korea’s soccer matches and, perhaps more famously, the Mass Games – where thousands of participants in highly coordinated gymnastic shows. Built in 1989, this imposing structure is guaranteed to leave any visitor in awe.
This also means that there is a brand new race course for the 2016 Pyongyang Marathon, which will be introduced to runners the night prior to the race. Participants will be afforded the truly unique opportunity of standing in the middle of this architectural behemoth. Be sure to bring your camera along to document this moment and get ready to hear the inspiring roar of thousands of spectators cheering you on!