On April 20, my husband will join hundreds at the 18K long Inwangsan Marathon. It will be held on the mystical mountain of Inwang, famous for its Buddhist and Shaman temples. This is his first marathon ever. This early, I’m thinking of joining the 10K race alone or the 5K race with my son next year. The registration fee is 30,000 won but Jongro-gu residents get a 50% discount, so he only paid 15,000 won (around US$15). The marathon package was delivered last Monday and I was so excited I opened it without my husband’s consent! Inside is a t-shirt, an electronic chip, his number and a magazine.
The race is only 18K but it is on a mountain – or tall hill – that peaks at 390 meters (according to the magazine). My husband is used to climbing mountains. He would even go on a 3-day trek at Jiri Mountain in Jeolla province. However, a mountain marathon is different from mountain climbing. Since this is his first marathon, he’s afraid that it might take him the maximum alloted time to finish the race which is three hours. I told him that it really doesn’t matter if he wins or not. Just charge it to experience, but I chided that I’ll buy him a Rolex Daytona if he finishes the race first placed. I know he can’t win first so I had the guts to tell that to him.