08 April 2018
2018 will be only the fifth year that the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon (also known as he Pyongyang Marathon) is open to foreign amateur runners. You can run the 5k, 10k, Half or Full Marathon. All four of these races take place at the same time and on the same day -- Sunday 8 April (2018) – and will be run on course which is fully recognised by both the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races).The route is a return course run through central Pyongyang, taking in many of the iconic buildings, monuments and streets before heading out into the countryside just outside of the urban centre, before turning and running back again.The race starts and finishes inside Kim Il Sung Stadium. All runners then have the chance to finish their race inside Kim Il Sung stadium in front of a capacity crowd of 50,000 people - it's the closest experience to being in the Olympics!It is not possible to enter the Pyongyang Marathon without being part of an organised tour group. The race's official travel partner, Koryo Tours, has a range of tours available to join to get you to Pyongyang for the marathon.The Pyongyang Marathon has, since 2014, partnered with Koryo Tours to help facilitate the sign-up process for international tourists and runners wanting to take part. Registration for 2018 — via Koryo Tours — is now open.For the first time ever, the 2018 edition of the Pyongyang Marathon is officially open to runners with disabilities such as those using wheelchairs or visually impaired runners. If you have any special requirements, then please contact Koryo Tours who can arrange to get you to Pyongyang and entered into the race.
For this year's event, the race is a return course — rather than the loop of previous years — with the route being run through the city centre. Runners will go past many of the iconic buildings, monuments, and streets of Pyongyang, before heading out into the countryside, just outside the urban centre, before running back again.This new route — which is IAAF bronze label certified — gives runners the chance to see more of the capital than in previous years, and also allows more interaction with people along the course, as it takes in more parts of the city than ever before.All three amateur races — the 10km, half marathon, and full marathon — will start and finish inside Kim Il Sung Stadium (including a final lap of the stadium track). This means that everyone participating will get the chance to finish in front of a 50,000-strong capacity crowd of local Koreans who will be in attendance at the stadium.
The route is a return course run through central Pyongyang, taking in many of the iconic buildings, monuments and streets before heading out into the countryside just outside of the urban centre, before turning and running back again.
After the race has finished, the top three in the 10 km, half and full marathon amateur categories (men’s full; men’s half; men’s 10km; women’s full; women’s half; women’s 10km) take their place on the stadium’s podium for the award ceremony. Finisher's medals are also available.
Electronic timing provided by Mylapse
5km & 10km - 2 hours, Half Marathon - 2.5 hours, Full Marathon - 5.5 hours (*stadium doors close at 4.5 hours)