October 31, 2020

North Korea calls off upcoming Pyongyang marathon amid coronavirus fears

Annual event was set to go ahead on April 12

North Korean authorities have decided to cancel the upcoming annual April Pyongyang marathon, travel companies told NK News on Friday, amid concerns about the potential spread of the novel coronavirus within the country's territory.

The event -- typically held to coincide with North Korea's "Day of the Sun" national holiday and known officially as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon -- was set to take place on April 12, according to Koryo Tours, which organizes the event in cooperation with local partners.