Tur­tle Marathon can­celed

The Korea Times - - NATIONAL - [email protected]­re­atimes.co.kr

The 485th Tur­tle Marathon, orig­i­nally sched­uled for this Satur­day, has been can­celed due to the spread of African swine fever (ASF) to sev­eral ru­ral ar­eas, which is neg­a­tively af­fect­ing the lo­cal economies there.

The can­cel­la­tion comes as all fes­ti­vals hosted by lo­cal gov­ern­ments have been post­poned or can­celed fol­low­ing the out­break of the dis­ease.

The walkathon was to start at the his­tor­i­cal moun­tain fortress city of Namhansans­eong, 25 kilo­me­ters south­east of Seoul, and it was planned that par­tic­i­pants would walk around the UNESCO World Her­itage site’s north and west gates and see other land­marks in the iconic city.

The first ASF was re­ported Sept. 17 in Paju, a city lo­cated in north­ern Gyeonggi Prov­ince bor­der­ing North Korea, fol­lowed by a sec­ond case the next day in neigh­bor­ing Yeon­cheon County. More ASF cases have been re­ported through­out Gyeonggi Prov­ince and also on In­cheon’s Ganghwa Is­land, bring­ing the to­tal to five within a week.

As a sis­ter pa­per of Hankook Ilbo, the host of the walkathon, we, The Korea Times, are sorry for caus­ing un­in­tended in­con­ve­nience to those who were in­ter­ested in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the event.

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