Quote Of The Day
“This was the first time North Korea had attempted to organise a marathon on this scale and it would be fair to say the preparations were a shambles. … organisers then left it until the night before to announce significant tweaks to the schedule – notably that the closing ceremony would commence four hours after the start of the marathon, meaning all the runners would need to complete the race within three and a half hours. … Official guides patiently explained that those taking longer could simply complete the marathon in one of the buses they had laid on, which would swoop you up and drop you off at the finish line.”
“There were other last-minute rule changes, such as no snacks, drinks, cameras or music devices, and no large logos on clothes, no American or Japanese flags, and specifically no apparel displaying the word ‘America.’ ‘Don’t worry about not having photos, we have men to shoot you,’ instructed a poker-faced official to a stunned set of tourists.”
- Journalist Isobel Yeung writing in the Guardian about running the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea. This was the first time that the race was open to foreign runners. *Photo Gallery
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