It’s coming up to the deadline for booking your once in a lifetime trip to North Korea to run the 2015 Pyongyang Marathon. So now is the time to take the plunge and head behind the curtain.
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Traveling to North Korea is only allowed within a tour group, and Uri Tours has some great packages available for the marathon weekend and for an extended stay. Registration is required by March 20th and given the popularity of the marathon last year, spots will fill up fast. We’ll cover the packages in more detail below or you can view their full explanation and itinerary here or find out more at www.uritours.com
The Pyongyang Marathon
Now in its second year open to amateur foreign runners, the Pyongyang Marathon is set for April 12th 2015. The marathon made waves last year as it allowed some great glimpses into life in Pyongyang. The marathon is one of the only ways to see Pyongyang in a slightly less guided way. Granted that the route is obviously fixed, Canadian Jen Loong who ran the race last year said in a Q&A on Reddit, “This was one of the special perks of the run, where we ran unguided for the full distance, high five-ing local along the way… We couldn’t run off tracks surely with soldier on every block, but running at your own pace and interacting with locals was good enough for me!”
Jen Loong opted for an extended tour package that allowed her to stay in North Korea for around a week in total, but shorter trip options are available with Uri Tours. She gained notoriety last year along with some other foreigners who instagrammed their trips and the marathon.
What You Need to Know
Almost anyone can run in the 2014 Pyongyang Marathon but you cannot register for the marathon on your own. You must do so through a tour package. Americans and many other nationalities are welcome to join the race. Registration for the event and tour closes on March 20th.
Follow this link to find the complete list of the offiicial Pyongyang Marathon race rules.
Full marathon: $100 USD
Half marathon: $70 USD
10K: $50 USD
Spectators: $28 USD to watch soccer/football matches in the Kim Il Sung Stadium during the race
(Registration fees are collected prior to the tour; cost of the tour package is additional)
WHAT YOU’LL GET
Uri Tours will give you a great support kit which includes a nifty Pyongyang Marathon T-shirt, re-fuel drinks, energy snacks, marathon stickers and a bunch of other exclusive DPRK goodies!
Each amateur runner will get a certificate issued by the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon Committee. If you come in first, second or third in any of the amateur categories, you will also be awarded a medal at the awards ceremony in front of 50,000 local spectators in the Kim Il Sung stadium.
Uri Tour Packages
For full information and options visit Uri Tours online at www.uritours.com
Pyongyang Marathon Short Tour – Shanghai Departure
April 10-13 | departure from Shanghai Pudong Airport | 3 nights, 4 days in the DPRK | DPRK visas and Air Koryo flight included, orientation dinner in Shanghai, PY Marathon, PY city tour & DMZ tour | Starting at $1,250 USD
Pyongyang Marathon Long Tour – Shanghai Departure
April 10-16 | departure from Shanghai Pudong Airport | 6 nights, 7 days in the DPRK | DPRK visas and Air Koryo flight included, orientation dinner in Shanghai, PY Marathon, exclusive PY Bike Tour, boat ride in Nampho, DMZ tour | Starting at $2,050 USD