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Hundreds of foreigners race Pyongyang marathon

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Published on April 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:12s

Hundreds of foreigners race Pyongyang marathon

The Pyongyang marathon is seeing a bigger turnout amid easing tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Jayson Albano reports.

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Hundreds of foreigners race Pyongyang marathon

It's a race to the finish line, starting from this stadium in North Korea.

As tensions ease on the Korean Peninsula amid talks of denuclearisation, the Pyongyang Marathon is enjoying its largest turnout yet.

(SOUNDBITE) (Korean) RI OK SUK, NORTH KOREAN MEMBER OF ORGANIZING COMMITTEE, SAYING: "This is the 30th event and there are many more runners than ever to make the event more significant and to add brilliance to the Day of the Sun, when the great President Kim Il Sung was born." The race is even officially recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federation.

State media reported that the event included full and half-marathons as well as five and ten-kilometer runs.

And according to officials, close to a thousand foreigners registered to take part this year.

That's several hundred more than last year.

In this year's men's full marathon, the IAAF reported that the top 3 competitors were from North Korea, beating out runners from China, Morocco and Ethiopia as well as former competitors at the Winter Olympics.

But visitors to the event will also get a taste of politics in the country.

They've been promised tours to a war museum, as well as the USS Pueblo, a U.S. spy ship captured by the North more than fifty years ago.

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