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In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

In this April 14, 2013 photo, marathon runners pass by a long row of North Korean soldiers as they cross a bridge in Pyongyang as North Korea hosts the 26th Mangyongdae Prize Marathon to mark the birthday of the late leader Kim Il-sung on April 15. (Photo: David Guttenfelder/The Associated Press)

For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap.

Tourism companies say they are getting inundated by requests to sign up for the April 13 event, which this year will include amateur runners from around the world. The race includes a full marathon — with a handful of world-class, invitation-only athletes — a half marathon and a 10-kilometre run.

The opening of the race to recreational runners is in keeping with the North’s ongoing, but sometimes sporadic, effort to earn cash revenue by boosting tourism, usually with well-orchestrated group tours to major arts performances or attractions the North wants to show off.

Participants run during a marathon organized to mark the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Allahabad on November 19, 2013. Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister from 1966-77 and from 1980-1984. (Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

Participants run during a marathon organized to mark the birthday of late Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Allahabad on November 19, 2013. Indira Gandhi was India’s prime minister from 1966-77 and from 1980-1984. (Photo: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

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Photo-bombing the world marathon record — As Wilson Kipsang, right, from Kenya approached the finish line, an unidentified participant, left, jumped from the crowd and broke the tape just ahead of the winner, stunning the organizers and security at the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Kipsang set a new world record of 2h 3min 23sec. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Photo-bombing the world marathon record — As Wilson Kipsang, right, from Kenya approached the finish line, an unidentified participant, left, jumped from the crowd and broke the tape just ahead of the winner, stunning the organizers and security at the 40th Berlin Marathon in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Kipsang set a new world record of 2h 3min 23sec. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

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Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway
Meredith Fitzmaurice never dreamed she’d win Sunday’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ont.
Especially since the Belle River, Ont., runner planned to run the half-marathon and not the full 26.2-mile race. But a wrong turn sent her onto the marathon course.
“I just run with my watch, so I was watching my time since I planned to do my half in under 1:28,” she said. “I was doing the race as training for my first full marathon in Detroit. But I’m looking at the time and wondering where the finish line is.”
Fitzmaurice, 34, asked one of the bike officials on the course where the turn was for the half-marathon, although she admits by that point she pretty much figured out what she had done.
“Once I realized what I had done, I figured, well I’ll just run 20 miles and use it as a long run and call it a day,” she said. (Photo: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

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Canadian runner accidentally runs full marathon instead of half marathon, wins race anyway

Meredith Fitzmaurice never dreamed she’d win Sunday’s Run for Heroes Marathon in Amherstburg, Ont.

Especially since the Belle River, Ont., runner planned to run the half-marathon and not the full 26.2-mile race. But a wrong turn sent her onto the marathon course.

“I just run with my watch, so I was watching my time since I planned to do my half in under 1:28,” she said. “I was doing the race as training for my first full marathon in Detroit. But I’m looking at the time and wondering where the finish line is.”

Fitzmaurice, 34, asked one of the bike officials on the course where the turn was for the half-marathon, although she admits by that point she pretty much figured out what she had done.

“Once I realized what I had done, I figured, well I’ll just run 20 miles and use it as a long run and call it a day,” she said. (Photo: DAX MELMER/The Windsor Star)

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A U.N aid agency canceled the Gaza marathon on Tuesday after the Palestinian territory’s militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual sporting event.UNWRA, which assists Palestinian refugees and also sponsors and organizes the event, announced that plans for the race next month have been scrapped because of the Hamas demand that women be barred."We regret this decision to cancel the marathon but we don’t want men and women running together," Abdessalam Siyyam, a Hamas government official, told Agence France-Presse."We did not tell Unrwa to cancel the marathon and we haven’t prevented it, but we laid down some conditions: We don’t want women and men mixing in the same place." (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

A U.N aid agency canceled the Gaza marathon on Tuesday after the Palestinian territory’s militant Hamas rulers banned women from participating in the annual sporting event.

UNWRA, which assists Palestinian refugees and also sponsors and organizes the event, announced that plans for the race next month have been scrapped because of the Hamas demand that women be barred.

"We regret this decision to cancel the marathon but we don’t want men and women running together," Abdessalam Siyyam, a Hamas government official, told Agence France-Presse.

"We did not tell Unrwa to cancel the marathon and we haven’t prevented it, but we laid down some conditions: We don’t want women and men mixing in the same place." (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

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Our Massive Map of marathons, half marathons, charity runs, 5Ks and other ways to get moving in 2013Ben Kaplan, the Post’s resident marathon man and running expert, has compiled a list of 56 races across Canada, conveniently already in fridge-map format for easy viewing. Enjoy![Graphic designed by Richard Johnson/National Post]

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Our Massive Map of marathons, half marathons, charity runs, 5Ks and other ways to get moving in 2013
Ben Kaplan, the Post’s resident marathon man and running expert, has compiled a list of 56 races across Canada, conveniently already in fridge-map format for easy viewing. Enjoy!
[Graphic designed by Richard Johnson/National Post]

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No NYC marathon, no problem: Never mind the cancellation. Here comes the marathon.

Thousands of runners poured into New York City’s Central Park on Sunday morning to do what they had prepared so long to do — put in 26.2 miles (42.2 kilometres).

That’s despite the abrupt announcement Friday evening that the world’s largest marathon had been called off because of Superstorm Sandy.

Hundreds of other runners, wearing their marathon shirts and backpacks full of supplies, took the ferry to hard-hit Staten Island and ran to hard-hit neighbourhoods to help. (Photos: Michael Heiman/Getty Images, Adrees Latif/Reuters)

New York City marathon cancelled: In a surprise move on Friday, the New York City marathon was cancelled as the area tries to clean up from Hurricane Sandy. Up until the afternoon, mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race was a go. Do you think it was the right decision?

New York City marathon cancelled: In a surprise move on Friday, the New York City marathon was cancelled as the area tries to clean up from Hurricane Sandy. Up until the afternoon, mayor Michael Bloomberg said the race was a go. Do you think it was the right decision?

Former NHL star Mark Messier crosses the finish line of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York, November 6, 2011. Messier finished in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds — 13 minutes faster than the time Adam Graves, his former teammate with the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, posted in 2006. Retired goaltender Mike Richter still has his ‘94 teammates beat with his time of 3:54:34 in 2007. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

Former NHL star Mark Messier crosses the finish line of the 2011 New York City Marathon in New York, November 6, 2011. Messier finished in 4 hours, 14 minutes, 21 seconds — 13 minutes faster than the time Adam Graves, his former teammate with the 1994 Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers, posted in 2006. Retired goaltender Mike Richter still has his ‘94 teammates beat with his time of 3:54:34 in 2007. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters

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Good news: 100-year-old becomes world’s oldest marathon runner; Bad news: Runner, 27, dies in waterfront marathonMere seconds from completing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, a 27-year-old man collapsed and died just short of the finish line.The half-marathon runner had just 300 metres to go when he dropped near the intersection of King and Wellington streets at 11:15 a.m. and never got up, race organizers say. He was transported to hospital “with no vital signs,” the race’s medical director Bruce Minnes said in an emailed statement, but not before a bystander rushed in to help by administering CPR with the help of the Marathon’s first responder units. Their efforts to revive him failed.But there was indeed joy at the race’s finish despite the runner’s tragic death. 100-year-old Fauja Singh of India broke a record Sunday, becoming the world’s oldest marathon runner when he crossed the finish line approximately eight hours after his start. The centarian’s feat will go down in the Guinness Book of World Records. Kenyan Kenneth Mungara won his fourth consecutive marathon title, finishing the race in two hours, nine minutes and 51 seconds — the time it takes many runners to complete the half marathon. (Photo: CNW Group/Scotiabank)

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Good news: 100-year-old becomes world’s oldest marathon runner; Bad news: Runner, 27, dies in waterfront marathon
Mere seconds from completing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday, a 27-year-old man collapsed and died just short of the finish line.

The half-marathon runner had just 300 metres to go when he dropped near the intersection of King and Wellington streets at 11:15 a.m. and never got up, race organizers say. He was transported to hospital “with no vital signs,” the race’s medical director Bruce Minnes said in an emailed statement, but not before a bystander rushed in to help by administering CPR with the help of the Marathon’s first responder units. Their efforts to revive him failed.

But there was indeed joy at the race’s finish despite the runner’s tragic death. 100-year-old Fauja Singh of India broke a record Sunday, becoming the world’s oldest marathon runner when he crossed the finish line approximately eight hours after his start. The centarian’s feat will go down in the Guinness Book of World Records. Kenyan Kenneth Mungara won his fourth consecutive marathon title, finishing the race in two hours, nine minutes and 51 seconds — the time it takes many runners to complete the half marathon. (Photo: CNW Group/Scotiabank)