The Great Wall of China Marathon traverses through the Simatai and Jinshanling portions of the Great Wall featuring prestigious pathways on the most picturesque parts of the Great Wall giving marathon runners breath-taking panoramic views and memories that will last a lifetime. You are signing up for an experience you will talk about for the rest of your life, but don’t forget that this is an adventure race, filled with challenges. So take the time to prepare thoroughly to make sure you get the most out of this experience.
The entry registration fee to the Great Wall of China Marathon starts at $250.00 USD and will increase in price as we get closer to the race day. If not sold out, registration cut off is 5/5/2016. The registration includes all of the following participant perks listed below.
- Registration – 4/15/2016: $250.00
- Late Registration – 4/16/2016: $275.00
- There is no expo registration, last day to Register is 5/5/2016
Race size is limited, this is a sell out event, register early!
- Free round-trip transportation to the Great Wall of China Marathon start line from Beijing hotels
- Official Great Wall of China Marathon technical running shirt
- Official finisher certificate
- Collectible finisher medal
- Official swag bag
- Runner breakfast
- Runner lunch at finish line
- Scenic course highlighting of the Great Wall of China famous sites
- Course support
- Finish line water, fruit, and bagels
- Optional local city tours
- Optional Tibet tour
Runners need to attend the Course Information meetings to be held on April 29th and April 30th at the Renaissance Beijing Capital Hotel. (Runner’s HQ) Please note the time and meeting room TBA closer to race event.
At this time you will be able to ask questions and collect your race kit, BIB, 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.
The course traverses through the Simatai and Jinshanling portions of the Great Wall featuring prestigious pathways on the most picturesque parts of the Great Wall giving marathon runners breath-taking panoramic views and memories that will last a lifetime. Get the full course details with a partial walk through, the challenging course conditions and recommended preparations to ensure you have an excellent experience.
Get a detailed course map with descriptions of each race distance; full marathon, half marathon, 10 and 5 kilometer runs. We’ve also got an updated elevation map profile showing you exactly what to expect for each section of the course.
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.
TRANSPORTATION & LOCATIONS
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 Shenzhou Beijing International Hotel and the Renaissance Hotel very early in the morning and return at the end of the day.
Before you enter the startline, drop-off your pre-race/post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Each participant will receive a large, durable swag bag at the Course Meeting when you pick up your packet that will serve as your gear bag on race day. Attach your gear tag to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the designated Gear Check area. DO NOT leave valuables, cash or jewelry in your gear bag. It is recommend to not bring important valuables to the race, only the essentials. The event is not responsible for any lost items. Gear bags must be claimed before close of the race day.
Timing chip systems will be used to record participants’ times at the start and at the finish. Make sure you run over the finish mat to ensure your time is recorded. The timing chip will be given to you at the Course Review meeting when picking up your BIB and goodie bag. The chip will be labeled with a number that matches your race number. When you pick up your bib, please make sure these numbers match. Proceed to the Information Table if any of the information is incorrect. Prior to the race, you must attach your chip to your running shoe. Please follow the instructions provided in your registration packet. All participants in this race MUST wear the timing chip on your shoe in order to have their times recorded. After the race the chips will need to be removed and collected at the designated collection point by the finish line.
The Information Booth will be positioned at the start and finish to assist you with any race day questions and help you find your way. The Information Booth will also serve as the Lost & Found on the race day. Any valuables found at the start or finish should be turned in to the Information Booth. Any valuable items NOT claimed by 4:00 PM will be brought back to our head quarters. To claim a lost item after the event, please contact Race Director.
The Medical Team is a dedicated group of Great Wall of China Marathon medical professionals, available to help assess your race day medical needs and administer acute first aid when necessary. Don’t forget that if you feel unwell after the race, or simply that you need something for those new blisters that were not there when you started the race, the medical staff is on standby to check you out. We strongly recommend that you consider having adequate travel medical insurance to cover any unexpected incident on race day. (20,000 stone steps? What could go wrong?)
RECOVER AND REUNION ZONE
Completing an event at the Great Wall of China is great experience, however you will be exhausted which is why we will have volunteers ready to guide you through the finish line procedures. Once you cross the finish line, you’ll receive your finishers medal and refuel with water and refreshments. Just outside of the Finish line, you can retrieve your gear bag from the Gear Check. Then reunite with family and friends to relish in your post race accomplishment with refreshments. With a large number of participants and excited spectators, it can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet-up location with friends and family BEFORE the race.
At 4:00 PM on race day don’t miss the official Closing Ceremony which will be held at the Great Wall of China to celebrate the achievements of all the runners (and their patient supporters). Whether you have run 5km or the full marathon, we think it’s important to mark this very special occasion with recognition of your achievement. Winners of each of the race categories will be formally presented with their awards, entertainment will be provided and you will have one last chance to get those all important photographs along with all your new friends. Photographs and video of the race will be taken on the day and will be available (for a small fee). Full details of this offer will be announced at the Course Information meeting on the day before the race.
There will be showers offered after the race. The cost is 40RMB and prepaid tickets can be purchased at the Course Meeting on 30 April or at the Renaissance Hotel prior to race day.
COURSE TIME LIMITS
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 4:00 PM CUT-OFF time. Participants must maintain a pace faster than the course time limits in order to complete the race. Note that start times are approximate.
- FULL MARATHON: START 6:00 AM
- HALF MARATHON: START 6:10 AM
- 10K: START 6:20 AM
- 5K: START 6:30 AM
Race change requests are available, however they must be submitted no later than April 15th online. We are unable to guarantee any change request after April 15th, except for requests made at the Course Meeting held the day before the race. Submit your change request from our Contact page.
- Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. 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 race number to anyone else. You may request a deferment for a future race. If you attempt to sell your race number, you may be banned from future Great Wall of China Marathon events.
- 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, submit request from the Contact page.
- You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenge of a Marathon or Half Marathon.
- You must show photo ID/Passport to receive your race number and timing chip.
- Race numbers are required to participate.
- Timing chips must be worn on shoes. Runners must run over the start line and finish line mats for timing chips to register.
- No coaches, handcycles, bikes, in-line skates, skateboards, baby joggers or dogs will be allowed on the course.
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 the Contact page.
Please note that locations, hotels, race information here represents the Great Wall of China Marathon as of 2014. 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.