Great Wall Marathon

In 2022, three marathons will be held along different sections of Great Wall, while one has been cancelled due to the Covid-19. For participants and spectators, it will be a fantastic experience to explore the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall Marathon

Great Wall MarathonSince 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 2,500 runners from 60 countries participate in the event each year.

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), 2022
 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. Great Wall of China Marathon attracts participants from all over the world. Notably, it held two races in 2016 for the first time. One was 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 was held on October 16th at Juyongguan.

 Time: May 1, 2022 (Sunday)
 Location: Great Wall in Yanqing District of Beijing
 Registration Hotline: +86-15101680346
 Registration Fee: EUR231

Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon

Participants in Great Wall MarathonIt 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. 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: April 18 (Sunday), 2021
 How to Register: 0314-8830222 (hotline)
 Registration Fee: CNY480 / Semi or Full Race; CNY380 / 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. On April 22, 2017, the World Earth Day, the race was held in Mutianyu Great Wall and themed on environmental protection. 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: Cancelled in 2022
 Registration Hotline: 86-0519-81165781
 Registration Fee: 100 US Dollars / Super or Full Race; 80 US Dollars / Semi Race; 50 US Dollars / Mini Race
 Events: 42.195km+5km; mini race
 Starting Point: Jiugukou
 Ending Point: Mini Race: Playground of University of Chinese Academy of Sciences; Semi Race: Parking lot of Hongluo Temple; Full Race: Culture Exhibit Center of Mutianyu Great Wall; Super Race: Parking lot of Mutianyu Great Wall.


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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- Last modified on Mar. 03, 2022 -
Questions & Answers on Great Wall Marathon
Asked by Eliza from USA | May. 15, 2019 08:28Reply
Visiting the wall at Mutianyu on May 18 2019, as a tourist not marathon spectator
I will be visiting the wall as a tourist on May 18, will I still be able to enjoy the scenic views and the wall itself due to the race? Will some sections be closed off to tourists?
Answers (1)
Answered by Juliana from POLAND | May. 15, 2019 23:16

As I know, only part of the scenic area will be closed for temporarily.
Asked by Sam APPALSAMY from SOUTH AFRICA | Dec. 10, 2018 09:06Reply
The Grand Slam of Marathons
I am running 7 Marathons on 7 Continents, The Great Wall Marathon being the Asian Leg. Can I register independently as I have family and friends that are joining me on this adventure. I have completed the Vancouver, Rio de Janeiro and Cape Town Marathons

Thank you and kind regards
Answers (6)
Answered by Jim from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 10, 2018 19:37

Yes, you can as long as you provide your past grades and proof of Marathons. You can see more specific information in the official site of the Great Wall Marathon.
Answered by Sam Appalsamy from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 10, 2019 03:43

Hi Jim

I have been trying to get onto the Great Wall Marathon official web site and register, but am always directed to the "Tour Package".

Can you please help with some direction to register independantly

Many thanks
Answered by Jim | Jan. 10, 2019 17:07

You can search thegreatwallmarathon since the website link cannot be posted here. However, the game for 2019 has not opened yet and you cannot register now.
Answered by Sam Appalsamy from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 11, 2019 01:40

Hi Jim

Thank you

Any idea when the registration opens

Answered by Jim from AUSTRALIA | Jan. 13, 2019 17:11

Last year, it starts from March 22 and you can have a try in late March.
Answered by Sam Appalsamy from SOUTH AFRICA | Jan. 15, 2019 03:35

Hi Jim

You are a STAR

Thank you kindly. Will try registration end of March

Asked by Lenka Vrátná from ČESKO | May. 05, 2018 13:48Reply
Hello, we would like to register for October 1/2 Marathon
and I am looking for the map of the track so I see the elevation etc, but I can´t find it anywhere :( could you help?
Thanks a lot,
Answers (1)
Answered by Aurora from USA | May. 07, 2018 21:54

Maybe you can always pay attention to on the Beijing Great Wall Marathon official website. Hope to help you.
Asked by erasto c olave from PHILIPPINES | May. 02, 2018 20:29Reply
I'm presently here at Beijing China and has resident visa until 31 August 2018.
May I ask how to join the half marathon for this month..many thanks

Erasto Olave
Beijing China
Answers (1)
Answered by Elinor from USA | May. 04, 2018 01:19

I'm afraid you cannot attent the half marathon in May because the last date for registration has passed. You can pay close attention on the offical website of Beijingrun and more accurate information will be posted on this website.
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