The 11th 518 Marathon will be held in Gwangju on May 21st.
Marathons, half-marathons, and 10K and 5K races, as well as fun runs, are held in Jeollanam-do throughout the year, just as they are all over the country. Here are a few with looming registration deadlines. A marathon in Jangseong county is scheduled for May 1st, but the registration deadline was April 15th.
* Gwangju 518 Marathon (518마라톤). May 21st. Half, 5km, and a "518 run" that follows a 5.18km course to mark the city's commemoration of the Gwangju Massacre. Registration from February 14th through April 20th.
* Yeonggwang Marathon (굴비골영광마라톤 대회). June 5th in Yeonggwang county. Half, 10K, and 5K runs. Registration through April 30th.
* Jeongnamjin Marathon (정남진 장흥 전국 마라톤 대회). June 19th in Jangheung county. Registration through May 29th.
* Yeonggwang Mud Marathon Festival (영광갯벌마라톤축제). July 30th and 31st in Yeonggwang county, coinciding with a local mud festival. Eight- and five-kilometer courses. Registration open now.
See similar posts in January 2009 and 2010 for more comments and links. It's worth sharing here the Seoul Flyers---an expat running group in Seoul---and the Gwangju Running Club for locals who would like some inspiration, camaraderie, and practice.