Pyongyang's annual marathon, also known as the Mangyongdae Prize International Marathon, will be taking place on April 9, 2017. Last year, our field director, Joy Yoon, ran the 10km race in order to raise funds for our Pyongyang Spine Rehabilitation Center's Special Education program. Many of our supporters were inspired to see Joy successfully complete her first race in North Korea.

With a sparked interest from Joy's race, we were able to put together a team of runners this year! Team Ignis will be heading to Pyongyang for this year's race from the U.S. and China. Our team consists of eleven individuals from all levels of running — beginners to avid marathoners. Team Ignis will take part in all three of the races available: the 10km, half marathon, and full marathon

This year, we are asking for your partnership as our runners take part in this historic event to ignite hope for children with developmental disabilities in North Korea. Our goal is to raise $12,000 in order to fulfill the remaining items left in our Equip-for-Hope campaign.  Any funds raised beyond our goal will go towards additional medical equipment and physical therapy modalities for the hospital.

You can read a previous interview we had with Joy for National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day (March 25) here

Partner with Team Ignis today! All donations that are made to #RUNFORHOPE are tax-deductible.


Ignis Community complies with all U.S. Department of the Treasury (OFAC) and Commerce (BIS) licensing requirements and keeps the Korea Desk at the State Department apprised of our activities. We assure all our donors and other U.S. institutions that Ignis Community has exerted best efforts to be transparent and compliant to our governing authorities. 

The Bureau of Industry and Security has already issued an export license for any medical equipment and goods to North Korea that will be purchased through Equip-for-Hope.