N.Korea Allows Foreigners in Pyongyang Marathon for First Time

North Korea has for the first time allowed foreign tourists to compete in an annual marathon through the streets of its capital, Pyongyang.

Of thousands of participants in Sunday's event, more than 200 were from other countries.

The course started and ended at Kim Il-sung stadium. Participants were greeted at the finish line by more than 40,000 cheering spectators.

The Mangyongdae Prize Marathon is named after the birthplace of Kim Il-sung -- the country's first leader -- and is held around the time of the anniversary of his birth on April 15.

VOA News / Apr. 14, 2014 07:53 KST