In the last few years, a limited number of foreign athletes were allowed to run in the marathon in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital – the Pyongyang Marathon (see, e.g. Pyongyang Marathon – North Korea Will Allow International Runners). Things got funky though for the 2015 Pyongyang Marathon. First, foreign runners were allowed to run it. Then, seemingly suddenly, all foreign runners were banned: officials giving Ebola concerns as the reason (see, Breaking News: North Korea Bans Foreign Runners at Pyongyang Marathon). Then, officials did an about-face, and announced foreign athletes would indeed be allowed to run the Pyongyang Marathon.
Well, the marathon was this weekend, and it seemed to go off without a hitch. Here’s a video from CNN entitled Rare access inside North Korea for foreigners.