BREAKING NEWS | Pyongyang Marathon Draws Tourists to North Korea

BREAKING NEWS |  Pyongyang Marathon Draws Tourists to North Korea

The Pyongyang International Marathon, known officially as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, was held Sunday in the North Korean capital. Not only are runners allowed to run through the streets of Pyongyang, passing Kim Il-Sung Square and under the Arch of Triumph where normally tourists movements are strictly controlled, the race boasts an epic finish for each runner. Athletes can only register through one operator, Koryo Tours, for a chance to run through the capital of the reclusive state in the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, as the race is officially known. But close to 1,000 foreigners — several hundred more than last year — signed up in the sixth year foreign runners are allowed to compete on Sunday, according to officials, as tensions between North Korea and South Korea have eased since 2018. Among those running were two Olympians — retired Swiss freestyle skier Mirjam Jaeger and British snowboarder Aimee Fuller — who are part of a documentary produced by the Olympic Channel on the Pyongyang marathon and the pair’s experience of the local sports culture.

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