Conquer The Wall Marathon: 2017 | The year of the Rooster.
COUNTDOWN TO CONQUER THE WALL 2017:
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Disclaimer

Please note that course maps below represent previous courses. For 2016 the course will change. The restoration of a previously closed section of the Great Wall has been completed and we will be measuring and mapping out a revised course in the fall of 2015. We strive to improve the event experience from year to year for the runners and the course will be greatly improved in 2016. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Full Marathon Course Map

Full Marathon Race Description

THE RED LOOP – X2

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 24 (ET24).

Turn around and run back to ET20, where you leave the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again and run west from ET20 all the way back (passing the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area) to West Tower 7 (WT07). Turn around & go back to the start tower.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Red Loop. Run this loop a second time, then start the Blue loops.

THE BLUE LOOP – X4

From the Start Tower, (which overlooks the start/finish line) run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 13 (ET13).

After running through ET13 take the exit steps to the right, off the wall and onto the Old Horse Track (now a paved set of steps).

Run back down the mountain to where the Old Horse Track meets the entrance road. Turn left and run to the finish line.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Blue Loop. Run this loop 3 more times and your marathon is done.

Full Marathon Race Records

  • WOMENS CHAMPION: 7 hours 54 min 33 seconds, set by Filipa Elvas [Portugal] 2013
  • MENS CHAMPION: 6 hours 17 min 31 seconds, set by David Le Lievre [New Zealand] 2013

Half Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon Race Description

THE RED LOOP – X2

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 20 (ET20).

Turn off the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again and run west from ET20 all the way back (passing the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area) to West Tower 7 (WT07). Turn around & go back to the start tower.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Red Loop. Run this loop a second time, then start the Blue loop.

THE BLUE LOOP – X1

Make your way down to the main square, where the Start/finish area is located.

Run north along the entrance road, past the Ticket booth and the Jinshan Hotel. Your turn around point is located in the Main Car Park area.

From the car park run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment!!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China Half marathon.

Half Marathon Race Records

  • WOMENS CHAMPION: 5 hours 02 min 55 sec, set by Louise Adderley Smith [Australia] 2013
  • MENS CHAMPION: 3 hours 54 min 06 seconds, set by gwcm-2013-mens-record-holder [Japan] 2013

10K Course Map

10K Race Description

THE RED LOOP – X1

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 20 (ET20).

Turn off the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again, running west from ET20 all the way back to the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area. Make your way down to the main square, where the Start/finish area is located.

Run north along the entrance road, to the turn around area which is situated at the Camp Site of the Golden Mountain.

From here, run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment !!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China 10km.

10K Race Record

  • OVERALL CHAMPION: 1 hour 59 minutes 13 seconds, set by Borja Sanchez [Spain] 2013

5K Course Map

5K Race Description

THE BLUE LOOP – X1

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 13 (ET13).

Turn off the wall and run down the old horse track to the Entrance area.

Turn right and run to the turn around point near the Jinshan Hotel.

From the turn around point run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment!!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China 5km race.

5K Race Record

  • OVERALL CHAMPION: 1 hour 18 minutes 24 seconds, set by Margot Despreaux [France] 2013

Elevation Graph

TRACK ELEVATION

Overall the Great Wall of China running course varies in height by around 200m (about 650feet) between the start line and the highest point at East Tower 20.

Stone guard towers are spread along the length of the wall, each some 200m to 300m apart. Stone steps and walkways, following the up and down contours of the ground, connect the towers.

The effect this creates for runners is similar to interval training, with an effort required to climb up, followed by a recovery period coming down. Regular training on steps as part of your preparations for the Great Wall is highly recommended.

The Great Wall of China Marathon Event Location

Disclaimer

Please note that locations, hotels, course information here represents the Great Wall of China Marathon as of 2015. Locations, hotels, course variations, adjustments, and changes may apply for future races depending on conditions, availability, and improvements. We strive to improve the event experience from year to year for the runners.