Yesterday for the first time in the 27-year history of the Pyongyang marathon, North Korea allowed foreign amateur and professional runners to take part. Competitors from 27 countries ran in front of crowds gathered in Kim Il Sung Stadium and around Kim Il Sung University in part to celebrate Kim Il Sung's 102 birthday on Tuesday. Above, runners pass under a pedestrian bridge in central Pyongyang.

[AP Photos/David Guttenfelder]