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.
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Date: 21 May 2022

Location: China

Pricing: From R 24 895 per person

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.

As the Official Agent in South Africa for this event we are delighted to be able to offer the full choice of itineraries and hotels. Extensions and visits to other areas of China and/or stopovers en route are possible.

The Great Wall Marathon 2022 Itinerary 1 (5 nights)

The Great Wall Marathon 2022 Itinerary 2 (6 nights)

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Standard Terms & Conditions

 

Itinerary 1 (5 nights)

Price starts from R24 895

R24 895 per person sharing a double room

R29 295 per person single room

 

Prices include;

5 nights accommodation (Jizhou 2 nights, Beijing 3 nights)

Guaranteed Race entry to the Great Wall Marathon 2022 (42km, 21km or 8.5km)

Transfer from airport to hotel on set transfer times as advised under important information

Meals as stated in the itinerary

 

Itinerary 2 (6 nights)

Price starts from

R26 495 per person sharing a double room

R34 095 per person single room

 

Prices include;

6 nights accommodation (Beijing)

Guaranteed Race entry to the Great Wall Marathon 2022 (42km, 21km or 8.5km)

Transfer from airport to hotel on set transfer times as advised under important information

Meals as stated in the itinerary

 

Prices exclude;

Flights

Passport & Visa

Travel Insurance

Departure Transfers

Travel insurance

Anything not mentioned in inclusions above

 

Itinerary descriptions

Itinerary 1 is 5 nights and the cheapest option and combines the Tours are not included and have to be added to the price and you have less time to explore Beijing. Please be aware that the hotel in the rural area (Jixian) is limited in facilities and not as comfortable as perhaps one would like (equivalent to a 2* hotel) but the convenience of staying closer to the wall the 2 nights before the race is an advantage. On race day transport to the start leaves at 5.00am

Itinerary 2 is a 6 nights option and gives you the entire stay in Beijing, a sightseeing tour is included. On race day transport to the start leaves at 3.30am.

Please refer to the itineraries for more details, inclusions and exclusions.

Non-running companions are welcome and still visit the Great Wall.