Great Wall Marathon

5,164 steps in history
Experience one of the mankind’s greatest feats while running the most challenging marathon of your life.

The Great Wall Marathon will put your physical and mental tenacity to the test amidst a backdrop of ancient Chinese history and stunning scenery.

Annually in May

The Route
The Great Wall Marathon features three distances – full marathon, half marathon and 8.5km Fun Run – offering something for everyone. Regardless of the chosen distance, all runners will take on the Great Wall of China.

The routes feature steep ascents and descents, plus thousands of steps on the Great Wall of China – in fact, marathoners will face 5,164 demanding steps by traversing the Great Wall twice! Participants will experience ancient Chinese history, stunning scenery and typical villages with supportive locals lining the route.

Tour Package
Entry in The Great Wall Marathon is combined with a multi-day tour package, providing the opportunity to run one of mankind's greatest monuments and explore a one-of-a-kind destination. This is more than just a race. It is about rewarding your efforts and enjoying time together with family, friends and other running-minded spirits!

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