03 July 2018, 7am
JTBC Seoul Marathon
Sun 4 November 2018
It is more than just a marathon. Alongside the competition it creates a friendly and festive atmosphere, making this race one for everyone. Thanks to the flat course and Seoul’s beautiful fall scenery it has become one of the most popular races in Korea.
The race started off as the JoongAng Seoul Half Marathon in 1999. It brought hopes and challenges to the citizens of Korea in the midst of the economic crisis. The race was created to commemorate the spirit of 1988 Seoul Olympics.
The course was used for the national championships in 2001 and featured a full marathon course the following year. Since then it has grown to become one of the largest international marathons in Asia. A 10km event was added in 2016 to open the event up to runners of all levels and has steadily increased the size of its field every year since then.
After 20 years of success, JoongAng Seoul Marathon is turning itself into something more than a marathon. JTBC, one of the most popular television channels in Korea, is rebranding the race and giving it new colour. By putting JTBC’s innovative identity front and centre it will become a festival for every runner.
Tracing a loop across Seoul, JTBC Seoul Marathon is a good way to see the city. The flat course is designed to showcase the beauty of Seoul and takes in the south-east part of the city before looping back to finish in the Jamsil Olympic Stadium, a shrine of Korean sport. Along the way runners can enjoy the stunning fall scenery.
Runners come to break records: winning times are regularly under 2:09 and once under 2:06. Early November brings the best weather for long distance running with the average temperature around 5°C.
Over 15,000 participants from all around the world run the JTBC Seoul Marathon every year but since this race will be newly boosted by JTBC many more are expected this year, beginners as well as elites.
The full-length course division allows both elite runners and wheelchair racers the best possible competitive conditions. Everyone can challenge themselves to their utmost and create their own unforgettable memories.
The 10km event is mainly a fun run and offers the opportunity to experience the marathon without being an elite athlete. Early November is the best time to visit Seoul as you get to see the maple leaves in peak colour.