The Great Wall Marathon is widely considered one of the world’s most challenging marathons. Runners should expect the race to take about 50 percent longer to complete than an average marathon due to extreme ascents and descents. The route starts near the village of Huangyaguan, a couple hours northeast of Beijing, and heads straight to the Wall. While going up and down the 5,164 steps of the Wall, you can expect stunning views of China’s countryside. The course then heads through scenic villages and rice fields before looping back to the Wall again for the final portion of the race, when you’ll finish in the center of Yin and Yang Square. There is a unique atmosphere all way along the race. Also you can expect huge number of cheering onlookers to give you an energy boost.

Weather: The weather in May is hot and humid with temperatures reaching highs of around 30 degrees Celsius

Route Map: Maraton, Half Maraton, Fun Run (8,5km)

Cut-off time: 8 hours

Which means that if anyone who does not finish the race in 8 hours will be knocked off the wall and thrown to be devoured by chinese wolves. But seriously runners still on the route after the cut-off time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.

Date: The Great Wall Marathon takes place on the third Saturday in May every year. In 2015 it will take place on 16 May.

Registration: In order to participate in the Great Wall Marathon, you’ll have to book a marathon package (unless you are a resident of China) through a travel agency. Package combines run and Beijing tour and  so you can also get to know the most interesting places in Beijing and the surrounding area. The official website of the marathon is a list of agencies that offer this service. The deadline for 2015 registration is 16 March 2015.

Sample prices: 6 day package from 13th  to 18th of May 2015 – EUR 925

 Have a look at the trailer and feel like you are at the 4023 step of this marathon

 

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