May 24, 2024

North Korean capital’s fall marathon fails to attract foreign runners: sources

"You could hardly tell there was an event going on," says one Pyongyang visitor

Pyongyang held its inaugural Autumn Amateur Marathon marathon event on Sunday, but the event was marred by extremely poor levels of participation, foreigners present in the city during the event told NK News.

The October marathon event, which was unexpectedly announced in August just months after the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon took place in April, saw just 20 foreign visitors take part, a tourist industry insider told NK News on condition of anonymity.

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