Un-durance test: Holiday firm offers £1,500 trip to North Korea that includes taking part in a MARATHON (cheered on by the leader’s henchmen)

  • Intrepid Travel offers 1,525 trip to North Korea that includes a race
  • Pyongyang Marathon is annual event that was held for the first time in 1981
  • International runners have only been allowed over the past two years

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It’s certainly an interesting way of spending 1,500. A Discount Holidays © holiday company is offering a nine-day trip to Kim Jong-Un’s stomping ground that includes taking part in a marathon. And it’s bound to be a slightly unnerving experience, as the supreme leader’s henchmen line the streets to watch it.

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Runners competing in the Pyongyang Marathon will be watched by North Korean troops

The Pyongyang Marathon is an annual event that was held for the first time in 1981 for men, with a woman’s race added in 1984

The unique Discount Holidays © holiday experience is being offered by Australian tour company Intrepid Travel, who promise their customers they will ‘travel the local way, eat the local way and sleep the local way,’ as well as ‘get as close to real life as possible.’

The 1,525 journey begins and ends in Beijing, with the Pyongyang Marathon being one of the first activities offered. Holidaymakers have a week to enjoy the sights around the Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea. The Pyongyang Marathon is an annual event that was held for the first time in 1981 for men, with a woman’s race added in 1984.

International runners have only been allowed to participate over the last two years, with 650 foreigners taking part in 2015. Runners participate in an opening ceremony in the Kim Il Sung Stadium before running through the city and finishing at Pyongyang s Arch of Triumph. Runners will have to ensure they show respect for the location as they tour Kim Jong-Un’s North Korea

International runners have only been allowed to participate over the last two years, with 650 foreigners taking part in 2015

‘It’s not possible to enter the Pyongyang Marathon without being part of a tour group, so it’s exciting to be able to offer such a rare opportunity to both amateur runners and those who travel around the world clocking up marathons in different countries,’ said Michael Edwards, Intrepid Travel UK managing director.

‘The marathon takes place early on in the trip, leaving a week to travel around the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and explore this fascinating country.’

The trip includes a flight from Beijing into Pyongyang and will visit landmarks within the city as well as surrounding sights, including the demilitarised zone (DMZ), Mount Myohyang and the city of Pyongsong, Intrepid said. Travellers can expect to see picturesque landscapes and waterfalls north of Pyongyang and a range of monuments and museums dedicated to the leaders and history of the country. An overnight train ride will take travellers back to Beijing where the trip ends.

Two local guides and a driver will accompany the group at all times as tourists are not allowed to travel around independently.

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