Former soccer player Lee Young-pyo and actor Im Ji-wan participated in the 2023 Chosun Ilbo Chuncheon Marathon and the 77th National Marathon Championships (co-organized by Chosun Ilbo, Sports Chosun, and the Korea Athletics Federation).
On the 29th, the two competed together and completed the 10-kilometer course. They completed the 10 kilometers in 45 minutes and 21 seconds. This was good enough for 280th place out of 10,000 participants in the 10-kilometer course, putting them in the top 2.8%.
“At the Seoul Marathon in March this year, I ran 45 minutes and 25 seconds, so it’s a little better,” said Lee, “but it’s a shame because I could have done better with more practice.” “It was good to participate in a marathon after a long time and be with my brother Youngpyo,” he said, adding, “Marathoning became my hobby while filming the movie ‘1947 Boston’.”
Together, they have a running crew called “UNKNOWN CREW,” which is a running team. They are joined by actors Park Bo Gum, Im Si Wan, Yoon Se Ah, Choi Si Won, Lee Si Young, and singer Sean. The running group was founded in 2015, the 70th anniversary of Korea’s liberation, when they ran 81.5 kilometers, and they continue to donate money for each run. Over the years, they have accumulated more than 3.5 billion won in donations. They have been nicknamed the “good running team.굿모닝토토 도메인
Both men have a special connection to Chuncheon. Lee was the CEO of Gangwon FC from 2020 to 2022, and his office was located near the marathon course. “I have a special attachment to the Chuncheon Marathon course because it was the correct and beautiful route I used to travel back then,” he said. “Chuncheon was not only a place where we filmed a drama, but also a place where I ran a lot in my daily life, so I felt like I was running in a place that I had researched beforehand,” says Lim.
Both said they plan to continue running and donating in the future. “This year, I came in with no energy to talk, but next time, I will try to improve my time and continue to donate and run,” they said.