PYEONGCHANG, Dec. 21 (Korea Bizwire) – When the winter cold is at its peak, intrepid athletes will run to the hills for a barefoot “naked” marathon through Daegwallyeong – a mountain pass connecting Pyeongchang and Gangneung in eastern South Korea.
High Touch Korea announced that it will organize the “fun run” scheduled for February 24.
The event is open to all participants age nine or above. To ensure the marathon runs smoothly, the total number of runners will be limited to 333.
The race has two distance options, a 12 km A course and a 4 km B course. Participants can choose which route to take depending on their individual levels of stamina, ability and gumption.
Though it’s called a “naked, barefoot” marathon, no rules on runners’ outfits will be enforced. Many choose to run shirtless, and others opt to wear shoes as the course will lead through snow covered paths. The only general requirement is for participants to wear the minimal amount of clothing that allows them to fully experience the cold.
For their safety, the organizers will distribute a pair of socks to each participant.
Once the marathon is over, those with outfits that stand out the most will be given prizes.
The organizers have described the marathon as an opportunity to explore the outdoors with family and friends, and emphasize that it should not be considered as a competitive contest.
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