BuzzFeed News

Reporting To You

world

North Korea Had A Marathon And Foreigners Were Allowed To Participate

North Korea permitted foreigners to participate in their annual marathon for the first time this year.

Posted on April 14, 2014, at 11:52 a.m. ET

For the first time, North Korea permitted foreigners to participate in the country's annual Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon held on Sunday in the capital, Pyongyang.

The annual race includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10-kilometer run.
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

The annual race includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 10-kilometer run.

North Korean officials said runners from 27 countries participated, including 225 amateurs, according to NBC news.

AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

Here are Harriet Harrper-Jones, from England, and Allie Wu, from Taiwan, after completing their run. They are next to a sign that reads, "Long Live the Shining Revolutionary Tradition of Our Party."

AP Photo/David Guttenfelder

Good times.

AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
ADVERTISEMENT

Isolated North Korea is infamous for its horrific human rights violations, nuclear ambitions, media repression — and state-sanctioned haircuts. The marathon provides a rare glimpse into another angle of life in North Korea.

AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
ADVERTISEMENT
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
AP Photo/David Guttenfelder
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT