There are two important marathons held along the Great Wall. One is held along the Huangyaguan Pass in Tianjin, and the other is held along Jinshanling, Beijing. For participants and spectators, it will be a fantastic experience to explore the Great Wall.
Since 1999, with the exception of 2003 (due to SARS), the Great Wall Marathon 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. Over 3,000 runners participated in 2013, with the oldest being 75 years old and the youngest was only 5 years old. The 2014 edition will be held on 17 May. And it has opened for registration in September 2013.
The Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon is another international marathon held annually on May 1st in Beijing, including full marathon, half marathon, 10 km and 5 km distances. As one of the most representative sections of the Great Wall, Jinshanling is richly endowed with natural and ancient culture. In 2013, the 11th edition attracted more than 500 participants from all over the world.
Both courses are unique and tougher than traditional marathons. But there is no doubt that ones 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 Great 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 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 7.5 km fun run is a good experience for anyone who is interested in marathon. Everyone who finishes the race will be given a medal.
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