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International Runners Participate in North Korea’s annual Pyongyang Marathon

International Runners Participate in North Korea’s annual Pyongyang Marathon

Twice as many foreigners as last year gathered in Pyongyang Sunday for the city’s annual marathon, tour firms said, as reduced tensions see visitor numbers rise in isolated North Korea. The event — part of the celebrations for the anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung’s birth in 1912 — is the highlight of the North’s tourism calendar and offers the chance to run or jog through the streets of the tightly controlled city. Around 950 Westerners entered the event, according to market leader Koryo Tours, compared to about 450 last year, when numbers slumped. In 2017, the U.S. banned its citizens from visiting North Korea after the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student jailed for trying to steal a propaganda poster. Warmbier, who had returned to the U.S. in a coma, died days after his release. (AP)

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