Thousands Throng to Watch the Pyongyang Marathon Kick off at Kim II Sung Stadium

Thousands Throng to Watch the Pyongyang Marathon Kick off at Kim II Sung Stadium

The Pyongyang Marathon run involving men and women from all walks of life accompanied by police officers dressed in olive-drab hats was organised in Pyongyang, North Korea. Participants were welcomed to the event by enthusiastic students with paper megaphones and silver wooden clappers.

The Pyongyang Marathon is the only marathon with a promotional video of a band of boys playing an accordion.

This was the second time in a row that foreigners were also allowed to take part in the race. The race marks the birth anniversary of a former leader of North Korea Kim Il-sung. Participants of the race were allowed to mix with athletes from other countries for a brief period.

International runners were the first in line. They were closely followed by the North Koreans. Some female participants had white ribbons around their waists. About 800 participants were supposed to participate in the run. There were even some unofficial contenders without the required paraphernalia.

Portraying the flag of the United States, South Korea or Japan on the dress was not allowed. This applied to even the logos of the companies responsible for providing clothes.

Violators of this norm had to pay up a fine to the governing body.

Elaborate compute chips were given only to participants from Korea partly because planning of the race had been hit by the scare of Ebola. Runners from other countries were clocked using stopwatches between 5 kilometers or 3.1 miles. There were signs and signals to guide runners to bathrooms near the track they were running on. This was because of the absence of portable toilets from the scene. The location of these bathrooms ranged from the second floor of a building to within a shop.

 

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