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Burma Hosts First International Marathon in 17 Years

The Yoma Yangon Marathon attracts runners from around the world

Buddhist devotees pray at the full moon festival in Yangon, Burma.

On January 27, Burma will welcome 1,000 runners from 20 countries for its first international marathon since 1996.

Runners from Kenya, Ethiopia, the United States, Austria, the Philippines, Sweden and other countries will attend the Yoma Yanhon International Marathon.

The race will include a marathon, a 10-K, and 3-K fun run. The marathon will start and finish in People’s Square in Yangon, the country’s largest city and former capital.

It’s yet another sign that Burma—also known as Myanmar—is slowly opening back up to the rest of the world. Beginning in 1962, the country faced numerous international sanctions due to human rights violations. However, since 2011, its standing in the international community has improved thanks to a series of reforms.

If you’re interested in a more relaxed visit, check out this video for inspiration.

Via Runner’s World. 

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