There are three important marathons held along the Great Wall. One is held along the Huangyaguan Pass in Tianjin, and the other two are held along Jinshanling, Beijing. For participants and spectators, it will be a fantastic experience to explore the wall.
1. Great Wall Marathon
Since 1999, with the exception of 2003 (due to SARS), it has been held in every May on the Huangyaguan Pass in Tianjin. With increasing numbers of the participants from all over the world, the marathon is now an international event acknowledged by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (also known as AIMS).
In addition to the 42 km full marathon recognized as an international standard field marathon route by International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the half marathon distance was introduced in 2001. 5 km and 10 km distances were also added to the event in 2004. In 2013, a 7.5 km Fun Run was introduced to replace the 5 km and 10 km distances. Then in 2014, the 7.5 km Fun Run was extended to 8.5 km. Over 3,000 runners participated in 2014, with the oldest being 75 years old and the youngest only 5 years old.
Time: May 21 (Saturday), 2016
Starting Point: Yin and Yang Square
2. Great Wall of China Marathon
It is an international marathon held annually on May 1st in Beijing, providing a full selection of runs including full marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km distances. As one of the most representative sections of the wall, Jinshanling is richly endowed with natural and ancient culture. In 2013, the 11th competition attracted more than 500 participants from all over the world. The year 2015 has seen the 14th occurrence of this game.
Time: May 1 (Friday), 2016
Starting Point: Western Square Terrace
Registration Fee: 250 US Dollars
3. Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon
It is another race originated from the year of 2013. From then on, the event takes place on every third Sunday of April. Just like the Great Wall of China Marathon, its course runs along Jinshanling Section too. It is an event mainly organized by the Luanping County Government and Tourist Bureau of Hebei Province. The 3rd session will be held on April 19, 2015, covering full marathon, half marathon, and 5 km run. It has already opened for registration.
Time: 10:00, April 19 (Sunday), 2015
Deadline for Registration: March 31, 2015
How to Register: 0086-010-67050772 (hotline)
Registration Fee: 170 US Dollars / Semi or Full Marathon, 80 US Dollars / 5 km Run
The courses are unique and tougher than traditional marathons. But there is no doubt that those held on the Great Wall of China will be the most exciting ones, because participants will be challenged by many steps with steep ascents and descents, and also some narrow passages. They can not only enjoy the excitement of the race but also have a great opportunity to see the stunning view of the wall. It will be an incredible experience for both participants and spectators.
Please note that the race requires a high physical condition of the participants, so people with the following diseases are advised not to take part: heart disease, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, coronary artery disease, arrhythmia, and diabetes mellitus. For the full marathon and the half marathon, participants are required to be between the ages of 18 and 65. The 8.5 km Fun Run is a good experience for anyone who is interested in marathon. Everyone who finishes the race will be given a medal.