In 1964, the Dong-A Marathon finally became a full
course race with 42. 195 km. Starting in 1931, the Dong-A Marathon
produced many marathon stars and new records. At the 35th Game,
all the marathon stars joined the race as the top winners of the
race were supposed to win the ticket to the Tokyo Olymp ics. Changhoon
Lee from KEPCO turned out the first winner with a record of 2:27
:13.8 The record was not as good as expected due to the rain. Only
33 out of 93 participants finished the race.
Myungjung Lee set the first Korean marathon
Myungjung Lee, who was the second winner at the
last year's race, beame the first winner at the 36th Game with a
record of 2:21:21.6. Myungjong Yoo, a rookie was ranked the second.
The best year for Bokrae Kim - He broke
the 20 minute barrier
Bokrae Kim became the winner again in 1966. Setting
a new record for the Game and the Korean marathon with 2:19:07,
he broke the 20 minute barrier for the first time. It reinvigorated
the marathon in Korea, which went idle after the victory at the
Boston Marathon in 1947 and 1950.