IamAn American who ran a marathon in North Korea last month, AMA
I'm a 27 year old American guy who ran the Pyongyang Marathon in North Korea on April 12th. The marathon began and finished in front of 50,000 North Koreans in Kim Il Sung Stadium.
This was only the second year it was open to international amateurs and there were hundreds who ran this year (mostly Chinese, but many Western runners too) including myself.
North Korea was surprising in many respects, and its really not quite the place western media/VICE portrays. The marathon was a unique and rare opportunity to interact with actual North Koreans and not just those the government allows you to interact with. AMA...
For the marathon I teamed up on it with a UK-based charity called Love North Korean Children which builds self-sustaining bakeries that feed malnourished North Korean kids. They're one of the few charities doing work INSIDE the country (mostly because they stay non-political, and non-denominational) and don't support the regime.
Heaps more on my instagram: instagram.com/ryanbiegen