Great Wall Marathon, Half Marathon & 8km

China is a country like no other, a land of many contrasts, ancient cultures, beautiful temples and fascinating people. Beijing holds an important position, many consider it China’s cutural and historical centre. History mixed with modern and of course the gateway to rural areas and the Great Wall.

5,164 steps into history!
Since its inception in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon has become revered as one of the world’s most challenging marathons.
All three distances take place at the same time, and all share the first part of the course.

Visas – South African passport holders require a visa to enter China, as do most nationalities. All other nationalities to please check. Entry requirements and procedures are available on request.

Information on passports and visas


Date: 18 May 2024

Location: China

Pricing: From R 33 225 per person sharing


No pre-qualifying required
Time limit to finish the marathon is 8 hours (from start of last wave)

Approximately 6 kms of the marathon course are on the Great Wall with exhausting ascents, steep descents and more than 5100 steps to conquer. Runners will also be taken on a fairly flat and scenic route through beautiful farmlands and small picturesque villages.

Focus of The Great Wall Marathon® is on experiencing a unique adventure and not on setting new records. Truly an experience not to be missed. There will be a choice of itineraries combining the race with the fascinating city of Beijing. Extensions and visits to other areas of China and/or stopovers en route are possible.

The Marathon starts at 7.30am and is split into different waves to aid a running start and reduced congestion. The cut-off time is eight hours from the start of the last wave. Further more, full marathon runners have a six hour cut-off at kilometre 32 where runners re-enter the Great Wall section of the course. All runners still on the course after eight hours will be picked up and driven to the finish line.

21km and 8.5km options are also available.

Great Wall Marathon 2019
Great Wall Marathon 2019
Great Wall Marathon 2019
Great Wall Marathon 2019
Great Wall Marathon 2019

We are delighted to be able to offer two itinerary options; 

The Great Wall Marathon 2024 - 6 day Itinerary 1

The Great Wall Marathon 2024 7 day Itinerary 2

Booking Form -GWM

Standard Terms and Conditions



The Great Wall Marathon 2024 - 6 day Itinerary - Optional excursions

The Great Wall Marathon 2024 7 nights Itinerary 2 - Optional excursions

The Great Wall Marathon 2024 - OPTIONAL EXTENSIONS


To proceed with your booking we need the following;

  1. Booking form completed by main contact and signed by all travellers
  2. Passport copies of all travellers
  3. Last page of T&C’s signed by all traverllers


IMPORTANT: We cannot sell race entry alone; it has to be sold as part of a travel package.

Non-running companions are welcome and priced accordingly