April 19, 2014

I Ran the Pyongyang Marathon

Will Philipps, Slate

The Associated Press

This year is the first time foreign amateurs have been allowed to race in North Korea’s premier athletic competition. For me, running the Pyongyang Marathon—or, more accurately, the 27th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon, named after the birthplace of Eternal President Kim Il-Sung—is a chance to race against the backdrop of one the world’s most reclusive and idiosyncratic countries; a unique way to experience a unique place, and hopefully connect with some of the people who live there.

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