Great Wall Marathon
In 2016, five marathons will be held along different sections of Great Wall: Huangyaguan Pass in Tianjin; Badaling Ancient (Badaling Remnant), Juyongguan, Jinshanling, and Mutianyu in Beijing. For participants and spectators, it will be a fantastic experience to explore the wall.
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 race 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, 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 2015, with the oldest being 75 years old and the youngest only 5 years old.
Full race participants must be at least 18 years old. Half race participants must be at least 16 years old. Fun Run runners must be at least 12 years old, but those under the age of 12 are also welcome as long as they are accompanied by a runner aged 16 or above.
Time: May 21 (Saturday), 2016
Starting Point: Yin and Yang Square
Great Wall of China Marathon
It is usually held annually on May 1st, which provides full race, half race, 10km, and 5km distances. It attracts participants from all over the world. The 14th competition in 2015 attracted more than 1,000 participants. Notably, it will hold two races in 2016 for the first time. One has been held on May 1st at Badaling Ancient Great Wall. It was the first time for participants to run the race on this wild and genuine section, a unique and unforgettable experience. The other will be held on October 16th at Juyongguan.
Registration Hotline: +86-15101680346
Registration Fee: USD 250
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. The course runs along Jinshanling Section. It is an event mainly organized by the Luanping County Government and Tourist Bureau of Hebei Province. It covers full marathon, half marathon, and 10 km run.
Time: 9:30, April 17 (Sunday), 2016
Deadline for Registration: 17:00, March 17, 2016
How to Register: 0086-010-67050772 (hotline)
Registration Fee: 200 US Dollars / Semi or Full Race; 160 US Dollars / 10 km Run
"The Great Wall"
"The Great Wall" originated in 2015, and is held annually in the Huairou District of Beijing. The route comprises the three most beautiful scenic spots of the Huairou District: Yanqi Lake, Hongluo Temple, and Mutianyu Great Wall. The marathon is well-known for its abundant and delicious supplies. In 2016, the participants can enjoy the fresh fruit provided by local farmers, such as pears, peaches, and melons. The Award Ceremony will be held on the wall. All the participants can get a cable car ticket at Mutianyu Great Wall. Thus, they can have a bird's-eye view of this magnificent heritage site after the race.
Time: September 11th, 2016
Registration Hotline: 86-010-67018030
Foreigners: CNY 600
Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan Residents: CNY 288
Events: 42.195km+5km; mini race
Starting Point: Jiugukou
Ending Point: Zhengguan Terrace
The courses are unique and tougher than traditional ones. 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.
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