Yes. Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different visa categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorized flight itinerary from your travel agent. This process takes about one to two weeks. Note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry. For more information please visit the Chinese Embassy website.
All runners need to attend the Course Information meetings to be held on DATE TBD at the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. (Runner’s HQ)
- Location and times at the Renaissance will be announce closer to the race date.
At this time you will be able to ask questions and collect your race kit, BIB, timing chip, and goodie bag. Let us know if you can’t collect your kit at this time and we will make other arrangements for you. There is a lot to cover in the Course Information meeting, so take the time to read the Runners Handbook before the meeting to ensure everything goes smoothly.
Yes. The course time limits will be STRICTLY ENFORCED. There is a 10-hour time limit for all races, start time is approximately 6:00 AM with a 4:15:00 PM CUT-OFF time. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race.
- FULL MARATHON: START 6:00 AM
- HALF MARATHON: START 06:05 AM
- 10K: START 06:10 AM
- 5K: START 06:15 AM
Yes. There is no age limit for the 5K and 10K races. You must be at least 18 years old to participate in the full marathon, 14 years old for the half marathon. Younger runners must have special approval from the Race Director. Please contact the Race Director for more information.
How do I get to the start and finish lines?
Round-trip transportation from Beijing to the Great Wall on race day is included with your race entry fee. Buses will depart to the Great Wall from the Renaissance Hotel very early in the morning and return at the end of the day. Guest and spectators can purchase a Spectator Pass which will allow them to join the runners on the bus rides.
The course is almost run fully on the Great Wall of China, there are sections where you will need to exit the Wall due to dangerous areas. The majority of the course is on non-repaired sections of the Wall. For more information please see our Course Information section for complete details.
Yes. The Great Wall of China Marathon is not your everyday marathon. This is an adventure marathon with a challenging course. Runners should be physically fit and in shape as this marathon can be extremely strenuous. We suggests using the training program to help condition your body to make your race experience unforgettable. We are adding new Training plan through Lamai Fitness, so be sure to check this spot again for updates, updates will be posted on our Facebook page as well.
Yes. Water and aid stations are strategically positioned along the courses. We will also provide food and water at the finish line. Proper hydration is essential when running any distance. One of the greatest dangers for runners is completing the race in a dehydrated state. We encourage runners to plan on being hydrated throughout the event.
Yes. We actually recommend a water bottle or hydration pack on our runners checklist. We encourage the eco-friendly option of using a runners water bottle or hydration pack. Each aid station will include fresh water to refill your bottle or hydration pack.
No. The course is challenging with thousands of steps, loose stones, gravel, missing steps, and crumbling walls along with trees and grass in some areas. Unauthorized bicycles, motorized vehicles, wheelchairs, strollers, or dogs not permitted on the race course due to safety concerns.
No. The marathon will be held whether it’s sunny, raining, snowing or anything in between. In the area you will be running the average temperature at the start of May is 21.8°C / 71.2°F but has been know to go as high as 27.3°C / 81.1°F and as low as 15.1°C / 59.2°F. The average consist of 6 rainy days in May, and plenty of sunshine. We anticipate beautiful weather. However if there is lighting we will stop or delay the race for safety. We recommend to check the weather forecast a few days before the race so you can dress appropriately.
No. Entry fees are NON-REFUNDABLE and entries are NON-TRANSFERABLE. Sorry, no exceptions. Once we receive and accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. You MAY transfer your application to the following year or another Great Wall of China Marathon event. Submit a cancellation or transfer request from our Contact page.
There are two separate marathon events put on by different organizations. Please do not confuse the two. Our race, The Great Wall of China Marathon, takes place on a rarely visited section near the Badaling Great Wall. The 2016, Year of the Monkey, event will be held on May 15th. The other Great Wall Marathon takes place on the Huangyaguan portions of the Great wall on the 3rd weekend of May of each year. There are many marathons around the world that claim to be adventure marathons, yet so few live up to the title. The Great Wall of China marathon has no equal, and is an event that separates the tourists from the adventurers. It will test you like no other race. More than 20,000 unrelenting stone steps, and no less than 30km of running experience on one of the oldest and most recognizable structures in the world. At times you will find yourself in remote, crumbling sections of an ancient landscape where time has stood still – areas that mother nature is beginning to reclaim. From the excitement of the start line to the solitude of an ancient landscape, the Great Wall of China marathon will leave you with an experience that will last forever. Both races are completely different if you have more questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org