The Seoul Marathon, co-sponsored by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Dong-A Ilbo, was awarded the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Athletics Heritage Plaque at the opening event in Yokohama, Japan, on May 10, 2019. The Seoul Marathon is the first marathon in Asia and the third in the world, following marathons in Boston, U.S.A., and Athens, Greece, to be selected as a full-course marathon.
The World Athletics Heritage Plaque was established by Olympic gold medalist and IAAF President, Sebastian Coe, to commemorate the astounding memories and moments of a 3000-year athletics history, while the plaque honors the competitions and landmarks that contribute to the growth and history of athletics.
As Korea’s one and only Gold Label Road Race, the Seoul Marathon celebrates its 90th anniversary this year following its establishment in 1931. The Seoul Marathon that unfolds at the heart of Seoul splits into a full course for elite marathoners, as well as a 10-km course, to promote healthy participation among the public, addition to a marathon festival with over 40,000 participants annually.
A total of 139 local and foreign marathoners and 38,000 participants (with 20,000 in the full course, 15,000 in the 10-km course, and 3,000 in the relay) from 66 countries took part in the Seoul Marathon on March 17, 2019.
The Seoul Marathon acquired the Gold Label for ten consecutive years as of this year, with its sights set on obtaining the Platinum Label, one level beyond the gold, in the coming year.