It was all a bit off-again, on-again, but now it’s finally confirmed. The North Korean government has decided that it does actually want foreign and amateur runners at the 28th edition of the Pyongyang Marathon, which takes place this April.
The committee in charge of the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, as it is also known, had earlier announced they would no longer be able to accept foreign runners because the DPRK government had not lifted Ebola-related restrictions on inbound travel, which have been in place since October. Now that the government has lifted those restrictions, the marathon will be open to foreign runners again.
“This is only the second year that the race will be open to foreign amateur runners,” Andrea Lee, CEO of Uri Tours, a US-based provider of North Korea travel, tells Shanghaiist. “It’s one of the world’s most exotic marathons and running in this historic race will offer you a unique experience of Pyongyang.”
Uri Tours has extended the deadline for its four tours departing from Shanghai and Beijing to March 20. Flights departing from Beijing are understood to be already full (or close), but you can still fly from Shanghai on Uri’s charter Air Koryo flight and run the race with other Shanghaiist readers.
Read All You Need to Know About the 2015 Pyongyang Marathon Here.