Marathon in North Korea – level 1

24-04-2014 07:00

There is a marathon in North Korea. It is special. Foreigners can be in the marathon. There are 15 people. There are people from 15 different countries. There are professionals and amateurs. They all can have a great time. They can become friends.

A car drives behind the runners. It plays music. It is North Korea’s typical music. Thousands of people watch the runners. A man from North Korea wins.

Difficult words: marathon (a race), foreign (person from another country), professional (person who does sport for money), amateur (person who does sport only for fun).

You can read the original story and watch the video in the Level 3 section.

Have you ever run a marathon?


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