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South Koreans to Take Part in North Korean Half Marathon


A group of about 150 South Koreans has arrived in the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to take part in a half marathon race aimed at promoting reconciliation between the two Koreas.

The South Korean runners arrived Wednesday and will join North Korean runners for Thursday's 22-kilometer race through Pyongyang. This first-ever jointly organized half marathon is being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japan.

After the race, the South Korean runners will take a two-day tour of historical sights and other attractions in Pyongyang. They will return home on Saturday.

The event is the latest in a series of social, sports and cultural exchanges between the two Koreas since 2000.

Some information for this report provided by AP.

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