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Some 1,000 runners participate in marathon in N. Korea

All News 22:15 April 10, 2016

SEOUL, April 10 (Yonhap) -- Some 1,000 runners participated in an international marathon in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, on Sunday, its official news outlet reported.

According to the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), foreign runners from 50 countries also joined the race to celebrate the birthday of Kim Il-sung, the late grandfather of the country's current leader Kim Jong-un, which falls on Friday this week.

Foreign runners were allowed to participate in the sports event from 2014.

The event came amid escalating tensions caused by Pyongyang's nuclear tests and long-range missile launches and the subsequent international sanctions placed on it by the United Nations.

The race was divided into 42.195-kilometer, a half and a 10-kilometer races, the news agency said.

The event was held first in 1981.


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