Official Sales Representatives For The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon

Travelling Fit is proud to be the official Australian sales representatives for the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon and has been sending people to this beautiful part of the world to run for over 16 years.

We are pleased to be able to offer a lodge option during the trek up to Everest Base Camp prior to the Marathon event.

It is also possible to include one of two extraordinary extension tours leading up to race day which include:

  • Gokyo Valley Trek – Trek to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m, a viewing point with astounding views of Cho Oyu’s full face and sections of Mt Everest.
  • Island Peak – designed for extreme adventure lovers which gives the opportunity to climb Island Peak
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  • Guaranteed race entry to the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon (Runners only)
  • Return airport Transfers in Kathmandu
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (2 pre and 2 post trek)
  • 12 Nights lodging during the trek
  • 2 Nights camping at Everest Base Camp prior to race day
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Return flights between Kathmandu or Ramechap and Lukla
  • All meals are included whilst on trek
  • Celebration Dinner Party and awards in Kathmandu on 02 June
  • Certified Guides
  • Trekking permits and National Park entrance fees
  • Porters to carry luggage during the trek (max. 15kg per person)
  • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
  • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Closed Facebook Group
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$1150 per Runner
$900per Supporter
Final Balance
19 February 2024
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THE Everest Marathon Course

The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is an International High Altitude running event being held at Mt. Everest Base Camp every year on May 29. The race commemorates the historical ascent of Mount Everest by Late Tenzing Norgay Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary on May 29, 1953.

Participants will climb Kala Patthar, a view spot at 5,643 m prior to the race. Glorious views of Mt. Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse and other mountains are visible in a panoramic structure from Kala Patthar. Competitors will spend two Nights at Everest Base Camp, prior to race start, where only expedition climbers are allowed to camp.

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon is the highest marathon in the world, starting at 5,356m above sea level from Expedition Base Camp right at the edge of Khumbu Icefall with a backdrop of Everest, Lhotse and Lola Pass.. The course is mostly downhill and is a trekking trail. The trails of this course descend through Gorakshep, Lobuche, Thukla and heads down towards Dingboche where runners will make a loop at Biber. From here, the tracks will descend through Pangboche, Tengboche, Laubisasa, Kyanjuma and finish in Namche at 3,550m.

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Henzing Hillary Marathon Race Information

Entry Fees

Entries are only applicable in conjunction with a marathon package.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times required for this event BUT each participant will require a Health Certificate from their doctor stating that you are physically able to participate in a marathon at high altitude and on this type of terrain.

All non-runners must have previous hiking experience on varied mountainous terrain.

Start Time

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Marathon will commence at 7:00am from Base Camp

Cut-Off Times

There is cut off time of 4:00pm for the Marathon runners at Thyangboche

Those who do not cross Thyangboche after 4:00pm must stop overnight at the local lodge in this village and continue the Marathon event the next morning at 6am.

For those who do not finish on the first day, there will be a penalty of 3 hours added to their total timing.

Race Timing

There will be Race officials at all checkpoints checking your time

Race Packets

Race Packets include the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon T-shirt and your Race Number which will be distributed at the briefing i.e before the flight to Lukla.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters for this event

Aid Stations

Water and electrolytes will be supplied along the course and light food provided at Dingboche

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

It is possible for runners to have their person drinks/food out on the course, this is also recommended.

Extra clothing is to be given to the Sherpas/Porters which will ensure their safe arrival at the finishing point.

Transport

All transport required on this tour will be included in the price of the package.

Expo

Not Applicable

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All finishers will receive a Certificate, Medal and a race T-shirts.

Weather Conditions

The Average Temperatures in May are as follows:

  • Kathmandu 22 Degrees Celsius.
  • Namche Bazaar 9 Degrees Celsius
  • Mt Everest Base Camp 0 Degrees Celsius.

Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon FAQs

The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon covers the standard marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.2 miles). 

This challenging race is renowned for being the world’s highest marathon, starting from Everest Base Camp, situated at an elevation of 5,364 metres (17,598 feet), and finishing in Namche Bazaar.

The event also offers a Half Marathon (21.0975km) and Extreme Ultra Marathon (60 km).

The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is considered one of the most challenging marathons in the world, due to the extreme conditions and terrain it encompasses.

Factors that contribute to its difficulty include:

High Altitude
Rugged Terrain
Climate and Weather
Preparation and Acclimatisation

The cost to participate in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon can vary depending on the package you choose, which typically includes not just the race entry but also a comprehensive trekking and acclimatisation program leading up to the event. 

These packages are designed to ensure participants are well-prepared for the high-altitude conditions and can include accommodations, meals, guided treks to Everest Base Camp, and various other support services necessary for the duration of the trip, which is often around 3 weeks.

The Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon is held annually on May 29th. This date commemorates the first successful summit of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953. 

It’s important to note that participants usually need to arrive in Nepal weeks in advance of the race date for acclimatisation and preparation.

Preparing for the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon, the world’s highest marathon involves comprehensive planning and prep due to its unique high-altitude and rugged terrain challenges:

Acclimatisation: Spend several weeks before the marathon acclimating to high altitudes. This can include training in high-altitude areas or using altitude simulation techniques.

Physical Training: Focus on endurance, strength, and trail running. Incorporate long runs, strength training, and trail runs on varied and rugged terrain into your training routine.

Mental Preparation: Familiarise yourself with the marathon details and route. Practice visualisation and positive thinking to build mental resilience.

Nutrition and Hydration: Adapt your diet for high-altitude conditions, emphasising carbohydrates and hydration. Experiment with your nutrition and hydration strategy during training.

Gear: Invest in appropriate clothing for cold and windy conditions and trail running shoes with good grip. Train with the gear you plan to use on race day.

Health Check and Insurance: Get a health check to discuss high-altitude risks and ensure you have travel insurance that covers high-altitude trekking and emergency evacuation.

Pre-Marathon Trek: Participate in the pre-marathon trek to Everest Base Camp to help with acclimatisation and familiarise yourself with the local conditions.

Official Australian Everest Half Marathon Sales Representative

Travelling Fit is proud to be the official Australian sales representatives for the Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon and has been sending people to this beautiful part of the world to run for over 16 years.

We are pleased to be able to offer a lodge option during the trek up to Everest Base Camp prior to the Half Marathon event.

It is also possible to include one of two extraordinary extension tours leading up to race day which include:

  • Gokyo Valley Trek – Trek to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m, a viewing point with astounding views of Cho Oyu’s full face and sections of Mt Everest.
  • Island Peak – designed for extreme adventure lovers which gives the opportunity to climb Island Peak
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  • Guaranteed race entry to the Tenzing-Hillary Everest Half Marathon (Runners only)
  • Return airport Transfers in Kathmandu
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (2 pre and 2 post trek)
  • 12 Nights lodging during the trek
  • 2 Nights camping at Everest Base Camp prior to race day
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Return flights between Kathmandu or Ramechap and Lukla
  • All meals are included whilst on trek
  • Celebration Dinner Party and awards in Kathmandu on 02 June
  • Certified Guides
  • Trekking permits and National Park entrance fees
  • Porters to carry luggage during the trek (max. 15kg per person)
  • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
  • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Closed Facebook Group
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$1150 per Runner
$900per Supporter
Final Balance
19 February 2024
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The Everest Half Marathon Course

The half marathon is the shortest distance in the Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon event.

The half marathon is an exciting yet adventurous run which starts exactly on the half point of the Full Marathon. Starting from Dingboche, the tracks of the half marathon end at Namche Bazar.

Mostly downhill, the track is a trekking trail and very scenic. This is the best way to experience the Everest region if you are not up for the Marathon or Extreme Ultra distance.

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Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon Race Information

Entry Fees

Entries are only applicable in conjunction with a half marathon package

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times required for this event BUT each participant will require a Health Certificate from their doctor stating that you are physically able to participate in a marathon at high altitude and on this type of terrain.

All non-runners must have previous hiking experience on varied mountainous terrain.

Start Time

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Half Marathon will commence at 8:00am from Dingboche.

Cut-Off Times

There is cut off time of 4:00pm for the Half Marathon runners at Thyangboche

Those who do not cross Thyangboche after 4:00pm must stop overnight at the local lodge in this village and continue the Half Marathon event the next morning at 6am.

For those who do not finish on the first day, there will be a penalty of 3 hours added to their total timing.

Race Timing

There will be Race officials at all checkpoints checking your time

Race Packets

Race Packets include the Tenzing Hillary Everest Half Marathon T-shirt and your Race Number which will be distributed at the briefing i.e before the flight to Lukla.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters for this event

Aid Stations

Water and electrolytes will be supplied along the course.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

It is possible for runners to have their person drinks/food out on the course, this is also recommended.

Extra clothing is to be given to the Sherpas/Porters which will ensure their safe arrival at the finishing point.

Transport

All transport required on this tour will be included in the price of the package.

Expo

Not Applicable

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All finishers will receive a Certificate, Medal and a race T-shirts.

Weather Conditions

The Average Temperatures in May are as follows:
  • Kathmandu 22 Degrees Celsius.
  • Namche Bazaar 9 Degrees Celsius
  • Mt Everest Base Camp 0 Degrees Celsius.

WELCOME TO THE EVEREST REGION

Travelling Fit is proud to be the official Australian sales representative for the Tenzing Hillary Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon and has been sending people to this beautiful part of the world to run for over 15 years.

We are pleased to be able to offer a lodge option during the trek up to Everest Base Camp prior to the Ultra Marathon event.

It is also possible to include one of two extraordinary extension tours leading up to race day which include:

  • Gokyo Valley Trek – Trek to Gokyo Ri at 5,357m, a viewing point with astounding views of Cho Oyu’s full face and sections of Mt Everest.
  • Island Peak – designed for extreme adventure lovers which gives the opportunity to climb Island Peak
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  • Guaranteed race entry to the Tenzing-Hillary Everest  Extreme Ultra Race (Runners only)
  • Return airport Transfers in Kathmandu
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu (2 pre and 2 post trek)
  • 12 Nights lodging during the trek
  • 2 Nights camping at Everest Base Camp prior to race day
  • Half day sightseeing tour in Kathmandu
  • Return flights between Kathmandu or Ramechap and Lukla
  • All meals are included whilst on trek
  • Celebration Dinner Party and awards in Kathmandu on 02 June
  • Certified Guides
  • Trekking permits and National Park entrance fees
  • Porters to carry luggage during the trek (max. 15kg per person)
  • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
  • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Tenzing Hillary Everest Marathon Closed Facebook Group
    exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$1150 per Runner
$900per Supporter
Final Balance
19 February 2024
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The Course

The 70KM Ultra-Marathon (70th Everest Ascent Anniversary Celebration Trail) is for extreme adventurous runners.

Starting from Everest Marathon, tracks of the ultra-marathon start from Everest Base Camp and end at Namche Bazaar like the full marathon.

However, the 70KM Ultra Marathon moves towards Bibre to Chhukung from Dingboche and to Nha La from Phortse and descends via Mongla towards Namche Bazaar, making it an ultimate adventure run.

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Race Information

Entry Fees

Entries are only applicable in conjunction with an Extreme Ultra Marathon package.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times required for this event BUT each participant will require a Health Certificate from their doctor stating that you are physically able to participate in an Ultra-Marathon at high altitude and on this type of terrain.

All non-runners must have previous hiking experience on varied mountainous terrain.

Start Time

The Tenzing-Hillary Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon will commence at 5:00am

Cut-Off Times

The Extreme Ultra Marathon has a cut off at Pangboche checkpoint of 11.30 am. Runners who do not make it on time will be disqualified.

There is a second cut off at Machhermo of 5.00 pm. Runners who are not able to make this cut off must stop overnight at the local lodge and continue with the event the next morning at 6am.

For those unable to complete it in the first day, a 3 hour penalty will be added to their overall time.

Race Timing

There will be Race officials at all checkpoints checking your progress and marking your time

Race Packets

Race Packets include the Tenzing Hillary Everest Extreme Ultra Marathon T-shirt and your Race Number which will be distributed at the briefing i.e before the flight to Lukla.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters in this event

Aid Stations

Water and electrolytes will be supplied along the course and light food provided at Dingboche and Nha-La.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

It is possible for runners to have their person drinks/food out on the course, this is also recommended.

Extra clothing is to be given to the Sherpas/Porters which will ensure their safe arrival at the finishing point.

Transport

All transport required on this tour will be included in the price of your package.

Expo

Not Applicable

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All finishers will receive a Certificate, Medal and a race T-shirts.

Weather Conditions

The Average Temperatures in May are as follows:

  • Kathmandu 22 Degrees Celsius.
  • Namche Bazaar 9 Degrees Celsius
  • Mt Everest Base Camp 0 Degrees Celsius.

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Everest Half Marathon
Everest Marathon

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is mystical, enchanting and like nowhere you have ever been. Voted one of the world’s top travel destinations, Bhutan remains accessible only to the privileged few.

Nestled between Tibet and India it is a country of raw natural beauty; from stunning mountain scenery to tropical plains. This pristine scenery is home to exotic wildlife and is one of the last refuges of species like the Black-Necked Crane, the Golden Langur and even the Royal Bengal tiger. The Bhutanese people with their Buddhist beliefs have a strong sense of identity and of the interdependence between man and nature. This is expressed in the national policy of Gross National Happiness and concern for the environment.

Travelling Fit are offering a choice of 2 packages:

7 Day / 6 Night – Punakha and Paro
A tour that captures the wide variety and rich culture of Bhutan. The Paro Valley with its surrounding pine clad mountainsides; Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan; and the Punakha Valley, a lower lying valley with a semi-tropical climate. This tour can be combined with the Great Wall Marathon by adding flights from Beijing to Bangkok with an overnight stay in Bangkok.

9 Day / 8 Night – Paro, Thimphu and Druk (Thunder Dragon) Trail Trek
Bhutan has some of the best trekking in the world and as part of this 9-day package it offers a fully supported 4-day trek on the famous Druk (or Thunder Dragon) Trail. With much of the hike up and around 4,000m it also helps you acclimatize for the race (which has an average altitude of 2,300m). The 9-day itinerary also takes in a visit to the famous Tigers Nest and an overnight stopover in the capital Thimphu.

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  • BOTH PACKAGES INCLUDE:
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
    • Return flights Kathmandu to Paro (flights from Delhi, Bangkok or Singapore is possible at an additional cost)
    • Guided hike to Taktsand Monastery (Tigers Nest)
    • Visit the Capital City Thimphu & hike up to Buddha Point
    • All Meals
    • Celebration Dinner & Cultural Show post Marathon Event
    • All sightseeing & entrance fees as indicated on the itinerary
    • Transportation in Bhutan as indicated on the itinerary
    • Visa for Bhutan
    • Tipping for Guides and Drivers
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      Exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Thunder Dragon Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      Exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
  • PACKAGE 1 – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • 6 Nights’ Accommodation:
      Check-in: Tue 21 May | Check out: Mon 27 May
    • Sightseeing in Punakha
    • Guided hike to Soela Gompa
  • PACKAGE 2 – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • 8 Nights Accommodation
      Check in: Sun 19 May | Check out: Mon 27 May (Including 3 nights camping)
    • Guided 4 Day Druk Path Trek including 3 nights camping

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$600per Runner
$300per Supporter
Final Balance
Friday 16 February 2024
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The Course

The race route starts at Udumwara, underneath the cliff that the Tiger’s Nest is built on. The route is approx. half road surface and half farm trails.

The first 8km are on road surfaces and slightly downhill alongside the Paro Chu (river). At 8km the half marathon splits off to the right and makes its way up and behind Paro Dzong (Fort).

At Paro Chu the marathon and half marathon re-join beneath Paro Dzong to cross the famous wooden bridge.

The last 10km for both distances are on a gradual but long uphill climb on a mix of road and wide farm track, rising above Paro Chu, with views of the river and rice fields, before dropping into the finish back at Udumwara.

The total height gain on the marathon is 995m. The altitude at the start is 2.400m and the lowest point, in Paro Town, is 2,200.

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Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Thunder Dragon Marathon Bhutan is included in the price of the Marathon package.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times for the Thunder Dragon Marathon

Start Time

The Thunder Dragon Marathon starts at around 8.30am. Note that the exact time will be confirmed during the tour.

Cut-Off Times

The cut off time for the Thunder Dragon Marathon is 8 hours but has some flexibility depending upon the weather conditions.

All Runners who do not achieve the cut off will be picked up and driven to the finish line.

Race Timing

Final details about the timing will be announced in your participant guide.

The Thunder Dragon Marathon and Half Marathon will be manually timed.

Race Packets
Your race pack will be given to you upon your arrival
Pace Setters
There are no official pace setters for this event
Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 5km along the routes. Water will be served in bottles.

Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. Gels will be available at the 30km point.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing
There are no provisions for runners to leave personal refreshments along the course
TRANSPORT
Transfers to and from the race is included in the price of your package.
Expo

Not Applicable

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All travellers will get the event t-shirt, all runners who finish the event will get a medal and a certificate.

Prizes will be awarded at the Celebration Dinner

Weather Conditions

The expected temperature on race day is 23 degrees Celsius

Others Events

Half Marathon

WELCOME TO BHUTAN

Bhutan, the land of the Thunder Dragon, is mystical, enchanting and like nowhere you have ever been. Voted one of the world’s top travel destinations, Bhutan remains accessible only to the privileged few.

Nestled between Tibet and India it is a country of raw natural beauty; from stunning mountain scenery to tropical plains. This pristine scenery is home to exotic wildlife and is one of the last refuges of species like the Black-Necked Crane, the Golden Langur and even the Royal Bengal tiger. The Bhutanese people with their Buddhist beliefs have a strong sense of identity and of the interdependence between man and nature. This is expressed in the national policy of Gross National Happiness and concern for the environment.

Travelling Fit are offering a choice of 2 packages:

7 Day / 6 Night – Punakha and Paro
A tour that captures the wide variety and rich culture of Bhutan. The Paro Valley with its surrounding pine clad mountainsides; Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan; and the Punakha Valley, a lower lying valley with a semi-tropical climate. This tour can be combined with the Great Wall Marathon by adding flights from Beijing to Bangkok with an overnight stay in Bangkok.

9 Day / 8 Night – Paro, Thimphu and Druk (Thunder Dragon) Trail Trek
Bhutan has some of the best trekking in the world and as part of this 9-day package it offers a fully supported 4-day trek on the famous Druk (or Thunder Dragon) Trail. With much of the hike up and around 4,000m it also helps you acclimatize for the race (which has an average altitude of 2,300m). The 9-day itinerary also takes in a visit to the famous Tigers Nest and an overnight stopover in the capital Thimphu.

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  • BOTH PACKAGES INCLUDE:
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
    • Return flights Kathmandu to Paro (flights from Delhi, Bangkok or Singapore is possible at an additional cost)
    • Guided hike to Taktsand Monastery (Tigers Nest)
    • Visit the Capital City Thimphu & hike up to Buddha Point
    • All Meals
    • Celebration Dinner & Cultural Show post Marathon Event
    • All sightseeing & entrance fees as indicated on the itinerary
    • Transportation in Bhutan as indicated on the itinerary
    • Visa for Bhutan
    • Tipping for Guides and Drivers
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      Exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Thunder Dragon Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      Exclusive to Travelling Fit Clients
  • PACKAGE 1 – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • 6 Nights’ Accommodation:
      Check-in: Tue 21 May | Check out: Mon 27 May
    • Sightseeing in Punakha
    • Guided hike to Soela Gompa
  • PACKAGE 2 – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • 8 Nights Accommodation
      Check in: Sun 19 May | Check out: Mon 27 May (Including 3 nights camping)
    • Guided 4 Day Druk Path Trek including 3 nights camping

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$600per Runner
$300per Supporter
Final Balance
Friday 16 February 2024
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The Course

The race route starts at Udumwara, underneath the cliff that the Tiger’s Nest is built on. The route is approx. half road surface and half farm trails.

The first 8km are on road surfaces and slightly downhill alongside the Paro Chu (river). At 8km the half marathon splits off to the right and makes its way up and behind Paro Dzong (Fort).

At Paro Chu the marathon and half marathon re-join beneath Paro Dzong to cross the famous wooden bridge.

The last 10km for both distances are on a gradual but long uphill climb on a mix of road and wide farm track, rising above Paro Chu, with views of the river and rice fields, before dropping into the finish back at Udumwara.

The total height gain on the marathon is 995m. The altitude at the start is 2.400m and the lowest point, in Paro Town, is 2,200.

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Enquire now about a fully escorted marathon alongside like-minded experts.

Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Thunder Dragon Half Marathon Bhutan is included in the price of the Marathon package.

Qualifying Times
There are no qualifying times for the Thunder Dragon Half Marathon
Start Time

The Thunder Dragon Half Marathon starts at around 8.30am. Note that the exact time will be confirmed during the tour.

Cut-Off Times

There is no cut off time for the Thunder Dragon Half Marathon.

Race Timing

Final details about the timing will be announced in your participant guide.

The Thunder Dragon Marathon and Half Marathon will be manually timed.

Race Packets

Your race pack will be given to you upon your arrival

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters for this event

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 5km along the routes. Water will be served in bottles.

Some stations will also server energy drinks and bananas.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

There are no provisions for runners to leave personal refreshments along the course

TRANSPORT

Transfers to and from the race is included in the price of your package.

Expo

Not Applicable

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All travellers will get the event t-shirt, all runners who finish the event will get a medal and a certificate.

Prizes will be awarded at the Celebration Dinner

Weather Conditions

The expected temperature on race day is 23 degrees Celsius

Others Events

Marathon

Official Great Wall Marathon Travel Partner since 2001

Travelling Fit has been an Official International Travel Partner for the Great Wall Marathon since 2000, and we are pleased to be able to offer you a host of Travelling Fit exclusive packages for the Great Wall Marathon and Half Marathon

Important Notes:

  • Budget Packages 1 & 2 are NOT hosted by Travelling Fit but by local representatives with no dedicated Australian representation.

The Travelling Fit Exclusive Package on the other hand, are organised by Travelling Fit, meaning we have more control of what goes on whilst in Beijing. We have our own private coaches, our own private guides and our own private tours.  It also gives you, the client, the opportunity to travel with other like-minded Australians travelling with us as part of a unique group.

For personalised Travelling Fit fully hosted tours (recommended) please refer to the Exclusive Travelling Fit Packages. In summary, the exclusive packages are as follows:

  • Exclusive Package 1 – Great Wall Marathon – 6 Days/5 Nights – Beijing
  • Exclusive Package 2 – Great Wall Marathon – 7 Days/6 Nights – Beijing

Please note that hotels in China are not always to Western Standards

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  • ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (Runners Only)
    • Arrival transfers from airport to hotel at set times
    • 5 or 6 Nights’ Accommodation:
      Check in: Tue 13 or Wed 14 May Check out: Mon 19 May
    • Breakfast Daily
    • Great Wall Marathon Course Inspection including lunch and transport
    • Celebration Dinner post Marathon Event
    • All other meals as per your itinerary
  • TRAVELLING FIT EXCLUSIVE PACKAGES – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • Departure transfer from hotel to Beijing Airport
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Pre-Marathon Group Dinner Asian Style
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square Tour including traditional Peking Duck Lunch – Exclusive Package 2 only
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Supporters will be looked after on race day to cheer on the runners
      exclusive to Travelling Fit supporters
    • Travelling Fit Representative on site and available for questions
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Great Wall Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Preliminary Deposit
$300per Runner
Initial Deposit
With Preliminary Deposit
$350 per Runner
$350 per Supporter
Initial Deposit
Without Prelim
$650 per Runner
$650 per Supporter
Second Instalment
$400 per Runner
$400 per Supporter
Due Monday 20 November 2023
Final Balance
Friday 09 February 2024
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The Great Wall Marathon Route

The Great Wall Marathon is not just a race; it is a moment that will live with you forever! Nowhere else can a marathoner run over one of the world’s most famous landmarks, through picturesque villages and alongside China’s own rice fields.

Sounds like the marathon of a lifetime right? It is! Having run the Great Wall Marathon ourselves, we can highly recommend it. We can even do better than that, we can help you book a travel package that will save you money and give you peace of mind so you can concentrate on the marathon itself. Below is a description of the Great Wall Marathon course:

Stage 1: Great Wall ascent and the infamous “Goat Track”

No matter what race type you choose, all runners complete the same 8.5km to start the race. 

Commencing at Yin and Yang Square within the ancient Huangyaguan fortress. 

Participants commence the race along Jinwei Highway, travelling south for the first kilometre.

The route then takes a turn onto Changcheng Highway, leading runners into a challenging 4 km ascent towards the entrance of the Great Wall. This uphill path tests endurance early in the race.

Upon reaching the 5 km mark, the course transforms as runners meet the iconic steps of the Great Wall. A captivating 3 km stretch on the wall itself includes a loop around the fortress walls, offering breathtaking views and a glimpse into China’s rich history. 

The course then introduces a dramatic change at the 7 km point with the ‘Goat Track’, a 700 m steep descent back towards Yin and Yang Square. 

After rounding the fortress walls at the 8 km point, fun runners end their race in Yin and Yang Square while the half marathon and full marathon runners continue south towards Duanzhuang village.

Stage 2: Enjoy the scenes towards Duanzhuang village 

The next 4.5 km follows a picturesque route along the river towards Duanzhuang village. This stretch offers a scenic run, with views of the river and surrounding landscapes. It’s a chance for participants to appreciate the rural tranquillity of the region.

As they approach the 13km mark, the course takes the runners across the river. This is where the half-marathon runners and full-marathon runners route splits into 2. 

Half-marathon runners turn left to complete a 4 km loop through Duanzhuang village while full marathon runners continue south towards Xiaying.

Stage 3: Test yourself through the Chinese countryside

After the split at 13 km, marathon runners head south to Xiaying, transitioning from village energy to the tranquillity of the countryside. 

At 16 km, the route exits Xiaying, leading east on Maying Highway towards Dongjiafen village. The landscape is dotted with traditional homes and local farms, providing a rich cultural experience.

As runners arrive at the 20 km mark, they commence a 6 km loop passing through the village of Qingshanling. This steep section is challenging, however, it offers a deeper insight into the local community and their way of life.

Exiting the loop at 26 km, runners face a challenging climb up to Chedaoyu village, testing endurance and strength. Once at the village, a steep descent begins back towards Duanzhuang village. Both the full-marathon and half-marathon participants reunite just before the village at the 29 km and 16 km marks respectively.

Stage 4: Great Wall – Round 2

Once the half marathon and full marathon routes reunite, the runners cross a bridge back to Jinwei Highway. From there, they begin to run back towards Yin and Yang Square. 

This is where half-marathon runners finish their race and head straight for the square. For marathon runners however, they turn right and begin to mentally prepare navigating the great wall portion of the run once more. 

This time in reverse, runners start by ascending the ultra-steep ‘Goat Track’, before descending 5km down the Great Wall towards Yin and Yang Square where their finish line finally awaits.

 

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Great Wall Marathon Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Great Wall Marathon is incorporated into the price of the package you choose and cannot be purchased independently.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times for the Great Wall Marathon.

Start Time

The Great Wall Marathon starts at 7:30am (to be confirmed). Please note that those runners that are staying in Beijing will need to check with their tour leader as to specific wake up times in order to ensure that they do not miss their bus to the start.

Cut-Off Times

The cut-off time is eight hours from the start of the last wave.

At 14:00 (6 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the gate leading to the wall (32km point) will be closed. Marathon runners who have not reached the gate at this time will not be allowed to finish.

At 16:00 (8 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the Great Wall Marathon ends.

Runners still on the route will be picked up by a race official car and taken to the finish area.

Race Timing

The Great Wall Marathon will be timed using BibTag technology to ensure that all finishers are accurately timed.

Race Packets

T-Shirts and Race information (including race numbers and your Great Wall personalised BibTag) will be handed out to you by your tour leader once you reach your hotel.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters in this event.

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water.

Marathon runners will be offered energy gel after 26km and 35km.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

No personal drinks are able to be left out on the course

It is possible to deposit bags with personal items for use after the race. Luggage can be stored in the designated luggage area at the Yin and Yang Square.

Please mark your bag clearly with your name and bib number. To avoid unnecessary queuing on the morning of race day, please mark your luggage before entering Yin and Yang Square.

Although the luggage area is manned, depositing personal belongings in the area is entirely each runner’s responsibility and the Great Wall Marathon organisers are not responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings.

TRANSPORT

Transport to the Great Wall and from the Great wall is provided as part of your overall package.

Expo

There is no Expo as part of the Great Wall Marathon although there will be various stalls setup at the start/finish area to purchase merchandise.

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All competitors will receive the official race t-shirt. All finishers will receive a Medal as they cross the finish line and Certificates will be emailed to all competitors after the conclusion of the event.

Weather Conditions

The average May temperature in Beijing is between 16°C/61°F and 35°C/95° however the temperature out at the Great Wall will be cooler.

Light-coloured clothing, short-sleeve technical shirts are a good choice as sweat is not absorbed (like cotton), sun block is a must (use SPF30 or above), a running hat with visor is also advisable as it can help keep the sun out of your eyes.

Great Wall Marathon Elevation Gain

The two most substantial elevation gains during the Great Wall Marathon are both around 243  metres and occur during the first 7 km of the race and around for around 700 metres at the 36 km mark. Marathon runners also experience an elevation gain of around 200 metres from the 16 km – 23 km mark and around a 50-metre elevation gain during between the 27 km – 28 km portion of the race.

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Great Wall Marathon FAQs

The Great Wall Marathon offers a full marathon distance, which is 42.195 kilometres (26.2 miles). 


Additionally, the event typically includes shorter race options, such as a half marathon and an 8.5km run/walk.

The 2024 Great Wall Marathon will be held on Saturday the 18th of May.

The Great Wall Marathon is traditionally held in May each year. However, the exact date can vary. 

To find the specific dates for future Great Wall Marathons, it’s best to visit the official event page on the Travelling Fit website or contact the team directly.

The Great Wall Marathon is renowned for being one of the most challenging marathons in the world, due to the steep ascents and descents, uneven steps, and the varying width of the Great Wall itself. 

Runners face thousands of steps along the course, some of which are very high and uneven, adding a significant level of difficulty to the race. 

The weather can also add to the challenge, as May in China can be quite warm, contributing to the physical exertion required.

Preparation for this marathon typically involves specific training, including stair climbing and hill workouts, to adequately prepare for the unique conditions of the course.

Runners can expect to encounter over 5,164 steps during the race. 

These steps vary in size and steepness, presenting a challenge even to experienced marathoners.

The registration process for the Great Wall Marathon is straightforward however you need to register through an approved travel partner.

We can help you find a travel package that suits your budget and needs.

WELCOME TO CHINA

Travelling Fit has been an Official International Travel Partner for the Great Wall Marathon since 2000, and we are pleased to be able to offer you a host of Travelling Fit exclusive packages for the Great Wall Marathon and Half Marathon

Important Notes:

  • Budget Packages 1 & 2 are NOT hosted by Travelling Fit but by local representatives with no dedicated Australian representation.

The Travelling Fit Exclusive Package on the other hand, are organised by Travelling Fit, meaning we have more control of what goes on whilst in Beijing. We have our own private coaches, our own private guides and our own private tours.  It also gives you, the client, the opportunity to travel with other like-minded Australians travelling with us as part of a unique group.

For personalised Travelling Fit fully hosted tours (recommended) please refer to the Exclusive Travelling Fit Packages. In summary, the exclusive packages are as follows:

  • Exclusive Package 1 – Great Wall Marathon – 6 Days/5 Nights – Beijing
  • Exclusive Package 2 – Great Wall Marathon – 7 Days/6 Nights – Beijing

Please note that hotels in China are not always to Western Standards

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  • ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (Runners Only)
    • Arrival transfers from airport to hotel at set times
    • 5 or 6 Nights’ Accommodation:
      Check in: Tue 13 or Wed 14 May Check out: Mon 19 May
    • Breakfast Daily
    • Great Wall Marathon Course Inspection including lunch and transport
    • Celebration Dinner post Marathon Event
    • All other meals as per your itinerary
  • TRAVELLING FIT EXCLUSIVE PACKAGES – ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
    • Departure transfer from hotel to Beijing Airport
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Pre-Marathon Group Dinner Asian Style
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square Tour including traditional Peking Duck Lunch – Exclusive Package 2 only
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Supporters will be looked after on race day to cheer on the runners
      exclusive to Travelling Fit supporters
    • Travelling Fit Representative on site and available for questions
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Great Wall Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Preliminary Deposit
$300per Runner
Initial Deposit
With Preliminary Deposit
$350 per Runner
$350 per Supporter
Initial Deposit
Without Prelim
$650 per Runner
$650 per Supporter
Second Instalment
$400 per Runner
$400 per Supporter
Due Monday 20 November 2023
Final Balance
Friday 09 February 2024
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The Course

Travelling Fit are delighted to announce that all packages booked before 30 November 2023 will automatically receive a $75 discount (taken off your final balance)

The Great Wall Half Marathon is not just a race; it is a moment that will live with you forever! Nowhere else can a marathoner run over one of the world’s most famous landmarks, through picturesque villages and alongside China’s own rice fields.

Sounds like the marathon of a lifetime right? It is! Having run the Great Wall Half Marathon ourselves, we can highly recommend it. We can even do better than that, we can help you book a travel package that will save you money and give you peace of mind so you can concentrate on the marathon itself.

The first section, covering approximately 9 km, takes the runners up to, across and down the Great Wall of China. This part of the course is marked by steep ascents and descents of up to 10% and consists of thousands of steps. Runners are advised to run slowly going up and down the mountain, as well as to walk when passing the steepest parts of the Great Wall.

The second section of the course, which takes the runners through picturesque villages and rice fields, is done on flat asphalt and gravel roads. All roads are in good condition and do not require special footwear.

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Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Great Wall Half Marathon is incorporated into the price of the package you choose and cannot be purchased independently.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times for the Great Wall Half Marathon.

Start Time

The Great Wall Half Marathon starts at 7:30am (to be confirmed). Please note that those runners that are staying in Beijing will need to check with their tour leader as to specific wake up times in order to ensure that they do not miss their bus to the start.

Cut-Off Times

The cut off time is 8 hours. All runners with a net finishing time slower than 8 hours will receive a FNT (Finished No Time) on the result list.

At 14:00 (6 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the gate leading to the wall will be closed. Marathon runners who have not reached the gate at this time will not be allowed to finish.

At 16:00 (8 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the Great Wall Marathon ends.

Runners still on the route will be picked up by a race official car and taken to the finish area.

Race Timing

The Great Wall Half Marathon will be timed using BibTag technology to ensure that all finishers are accurately timed.

Race Packets

T-Shirts and Race information (including race numbers and your Great Wall personalised BibTag) will be handed out to you by your tour leader once you reach your hotel.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters in this event.

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

No personal drinks are able to be left out on the course

It is possible to deposit bags with personal items for use after the race. Luggage can be stored in the designated luggage area at the Yin and Yang Square.

Please mark your bag clearly with your name and bib number. To avoid unnecessary queuing on the morning of race day, please mark your luggage before entering Yin and Yang Square.

Although the luggage area is manned, depositing personal belongings in the area is entirely each runner’s responsibility and the Great Wall Marathon organisers are not responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings.

TRANSPORT

Transport to the Great Wall and from the Great Wall is provided as part of your overall package.

Expo

There is no Expo as part of the Great Wall Marathon although there will be various stalls setup at the start/finish area to purchase merchandise.

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All competitors will receive the official race t-shirt. All finishers will receive a Medal as they cross the finish line and Certificates will be emailed to all competitors after the conclusion of the event.

Weather Conditions

The average May temperature in Beijing is between 16°C/61°F and 35°C/95° however the temperature out at the Great Wall will be cooler.

Light-coloured clothing, short-sleeve technical shirts are a good choice as sweat is not absorbed (like cotton), sun block is a must (use SPF30 or above), a running hat with visor is also advisable as it can help keep the sun out of your eyes.

Other Events

8.5k run/walk
Marathon

WELCOME TO TOKYO

Travelling Fit is pleased to announce that we are the official Australian sales agent for the Tokyo Marathon 2024. We offer a four-night Marathon package inclusive of guaranteed race entry and accommodation at the Keio Plaza Hotel, ideally located within a short walking distance to the race start.

There are two packages to choose from, of which we recommend the Deluxe Package that includes the amazing cultural post-race celebration, offering loads of food, drinks and live Japanese entertainment. This is not to be missed! Please click here to watch the video for a bit of a taster.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you book and pay a deposit no later than Monday 21st August, runners will receive a complimentary official 2024 Tokyo Marathon Jacket.

Travelling Fit will be offering a Half Day City Tour with a stop at the Expo. Please contact us for further details

NOTE:
The land arrangement is operated by KNT, Japan.
We will close the tour bookings once the maximum number of entrants has been reached.

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PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$1200per Runner
$650per Supporter
Second Instalment
$1500per Runner
$950per Supporter
Due no later than Monday 16 October 2023
Final Balance
Friday 08 December 2023
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The Course

The Tokyo Marathon 2024 is a large-scale international marathon race with a total number of runners capped at 37,500.

The new course that was introduced in 2017 for the Tokyo Marathon has the Marathon start at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building in Shinjuku with the new finish line at Tokyo Station / Gyoko-dori Ave (near the Imperial Palace).

From the start, the course will take runners through Kanda, Nihombashi, Asakusa Kaminarimon, Ryogoku, Monzen-nakacho, Ginza, Takanawa and Hibiya and runners will cross the finish at Tokyo Station / Gyoko-dori Ave (near the Imperial Palace).

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Entry Fees

Guaranteed entry into the Tokyo Marathon 2024 is included in your marathon package

Qualifying Times
There are no qualifying times for the Tokyo Marathon 2024 but all runners MUST be at least 19 years of age on race day.
Start Time

The Tokyo Marathon 2024 will commence at 9.10am

Cut-Off Times

There is a 7 hour cut-off for the Tokyo Marathon 2024.

Please note that the 7 hour time limit is based on the gun time for the first wave and not the net time.

Race Timing
The race will be timed using timing chip technology
Race Packets
  • Packet Pick-up times will be preasigned within a specific time frame.
  • You must enter the Expo to collect your race pack 30min before the closing time for both Packet Pick-up and the EXPO.
  • The registered runner must conduct Packet
  • Pick-up in person.
    Packet pick-up is not available on the race day.

Note that bibs cannot be picked up on race day

Pace Setters

Pace setters will be present, wearing orange coloured bibs to enable runners to spot them along the course.

These pace setters will be targeted to complete the event in the following times:

  • 3 hours
  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • 4 hours
  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • 5 hours
  • 5 hours 30 minutes

Note: these times are subject to confirmation and may change

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

Personal clothing can be placed in the baggage deposit bag you will receive at registration.

Your bag will be available for collection at the end of the race.

Aid Stations

Starting at the 5km water will be available every 2-3kms and sports isotonic drinks every 5kms.

Food such as bananas, bread and sweets will be available from the 22km mark.

Note: these are subject to confirmation and may change

Transport

The Keio Plaza Hotel is within walking distance of the Starting Area.

Bus transfers from the finish area back to the hotel are included in the price of your package

Expo

The Tokyo Marathon EXPO 2024

Location (to be confirmed):

Tokyo Big Sight South Exhibition Halls
3-11-1 Ariake, Koto, Tokyo, Japan

IMPORTANT: If you choose to go on the exclusive Travelling Fit Optional Half Day City tour on Friday 3rd March , please note that this tour will make a stop at the expo for approximately 1hr 30min before heading back to your hotel.

Opening Days
NOTE: The venue will be open for entry until 8:30pm on Thursday & Friday and until 7.30pm on Saturday

Thursday 29 February10:00 a,m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday 01 March10:00 a,m. – 9:00 p.m.
Saturday 02 March10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All entrants will receive an event t-shirt.

All finishers will receive a commemorative medal and the certificate will be sent in the mail.

Weather Conditions
The average October temperature in Tokyo is between 2 degrees Celsius and 10 degrees Celsius (36 degrees Fahrenheit and 50 degrees Fahrenheit)
Other Events
  • 10.7km Race – This event only accepts the following competitors: Runners who are aged between 16 and 18 years of age on the race day; those who are visually impaired, intellectually challenged, organ transplant recipients or wheelchair participants. Conditions apply.
  • Tokyo Marathon Friendship Run 2024 – Saturday 02 March

Exclusive Petra Marathon Tour Packages

Take part in a historic run, in remarkable settings. The start of the race will make you see parts of this UNESCO World Heritage site that most never will before heading into the lunar-like landscape of the Jordanian desert.

The Petra Desert Marathon is part of a six-day tour package with great opportunity to explore one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

Before and after the marathon, you’ll get the pleasure of tasting delicious Jordanian cuisine, meeting welcoming people, and immersing yourself in their rich history and culture.

With a grand celebration dinner under the stars, a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and the opportunity to extend your trip on an Adventure tour, you will be flying back home with a suitcase full of memories from this friendly country.

Be sure to check out the additional activities and extension tours on offer.

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  • 6 Days / 5 Nights Package Inclusions
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
    • 5 Nights Accommodation:
    • Check in: Wed 04 Sep | Check out: Mon 09 Sep 2024
    • Meet and Greet on arrival
    • Arrival transfer from Amman Airport to the Dead Sea
    • 4 scheduled departure transfers from Petra to Amman airport
    • Meals as per itinerary including post race Celebration Dinner
    • Transportation during tour as per itinerary
    • 3 Days entry to Petra
    • English speaking tour leader
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Petra Desert Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$990per Runner
$890per Supporter
If adding an Extension Tour please add the following:
  • Wonder of Amman Pre-Tour: $110 per person
  • Adventure Extension Tour – Standard Tent: $350 per person
  • Adventure Extension Tour – Star Tent Dome: $430 per person
Second Instalment
$450per Runner and per Supporter due
Friday 08 March 2024
Final Balance
Monday 03 June 2024
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The Petra Marathon Course

The Petra Desert Marathon is a challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. From the lunar-like mountain landscape to the arid desert, runners navigate challenging terrain in the dry, desert heat. The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections is sand with loose rocks.

From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves and monasteries carved in the mountainsides.

A 2km uphill section on paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries and via the main road towards the desert on hilly tarmac road.

After 6 kilometres, the route leaves the asphalt road and continues into the desert. Half marathon runners take the direct way to the river bed gorge “Siq Al Bard” while marathon runners have to do a loop around the hill top “Al Musirh”. Leaving Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route is back on the tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine

Just before the village, half marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do a 8km back tracking stretch running past incredible rock formations that only few tourists visit.

When passing the 30km mark, full marathon runners find themselves back at Ammarine village and merge again with the half marathon course. From here, the route goes uphill to a mountain ridge for the next 5 kilometres, but the strenuous efforts are rewarded with an astonishing view over most of the marathon route, the mountains covering Petra and on clear days even Israel can be seen. On this mountain ridge the surface becomes gravel for the next 3 kilometres.

The final 4 kilometres are steep downhill running on paved roads towards the finish line.

Note: The Petra Desert Marathon is a hilly course with an ascent of roughly 1,200m and a descent of 1,100m.

Have you thought about extending your stay? Check out our amazing optional tours to make your holiday the trip of a lifetime.

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Petra Marathon Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Petra Desert Marathon is included in the package

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times required for the Petra Desert Marathon

Marathon runners must be minimum 18 years old on race day.

Start Time

The Petra Desert Marathon has a scheduled start time of 06:30am.

Cut-Off Times

All runners have 7 hours from start time to complete their race, regardless of distance. Runners still on the route after the time limit will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.

Five hours after the start, however, the marathon route closes at the 31km mark (10km mark for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be permitted to finish the race.

Race Timing

Timing is done with AMB Chip. The chip will be in the race pack that runners receive the day before the race.

The chip must be attached around the ankle with the velcro strap that follows or in the shoe lace.

The chip must be handed back to the timing staff at the finish line.

Race Packets

At the race briefing the night before the race, runners will receive their race packets.

Inside this bag you’ll find your start number, race t-shirt, information on the route, and your timing chip/velcro strap.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters for the Petra Desert Marathon

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water. Marathon runners will be offered energy gel after 26km and 35km.

It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to selected drinks stations. Marathon runners can get personal supplies at four stations.

The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities.

Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials at the race briefing the day before the race – remember to clearly mark your supplies with your start number and the number of the drinks station you want it deposited at.

Personal supplies deposited at the drinks stations will not be returned.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

Personal belongings can be dropped off at the Visitors Centre and will be brought to the finish area. Any personal belongings you want available at the finish area should be packed in a bag or backpack and clearly marked with your name and start number. The bag must be handed over to the race officials at Petra Visitors Centre before 5:30 on race day morning.

The walk from the Visitors Centre to the start line can be chilly and a light jacket or sweater is recommended for the walk. This jacket or sweater can be dropped at the start line and will be brought to the finish area. Again we ask you to clearly mark all your belongings with name and start number.

The Petra Desert Marathon organisers cannot be held responsible for any lost or damaged items or valuables.

It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to 4 of the drinks stations.

The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities.

Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials at the race briefing the day before the race – remember to clearly mark your supplies with your start number and the number of the drinks station you want it deposited at.

Personal supplies deposited at the drinks stations will not be returned.

After the event, water and a sandwich lunch are given to all participants. Checked-in bags can be picked up at the bag check-out area.

TRANSPORT

All runners must meet at the Petra Visitor Centre (within walking distance from your hotel) and from there you walk 2.5 kilometers through the Siq and past the Treasury to the start line at the Street of Facades.

The finish line is located near the Petra Visitor Centre where you will make your short way back to your hotel.

Expo

There will not be an Expo.

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All runners who complete the marathon within the time limit will receive a medal after crossing the finish line.

The official race event shirt will be included in your race pack.

Weather Conditions

The temperature in late August/early September is around 30 degrees Celsius and can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (86-104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Night time temperatures can be as low as 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit)

OTHER EVENTS

Exclusive Petra Desert Half Marathon Tour Packages

Take part in a historic run, in remarkable settings. The start of the race will make you see parts of this UNESCO World Heritage site that most never will before heading into the lunar-like landscape of the Jordanian desert.

The Petra Desert Marathon is part of a six-day tour package with great opportunity to explore one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.

Before and after the marathon, you’ll get the pleasure of tasting delicious Jordanian cuisine, meeting welcoming people, and immersing yourself in their rich history and culture.

With a grand celebration dinner under the stars, a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and the opportunity to extend your trip on an Adventure tour, you will be flying back home with a suitcase full of memories from this friendly country.

Be sure to check out the additional activities and extension tours on offer.

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  • 6 Days / 5 Nights Package Inclusions
    • Guaranteed Race Entry (runners only)
    • 5 Nights Accommodation:
    • Check in: Wed 04 Sep | Check out: Mon 09 Sep 2024
    • Meet and Greet on arrival
    • Arrival transfer from Amman Airport to the Dead Sea
    • 4 scheduled departure transfers from Petra to Amman airport
    • Meals as per itinerary including post race Celebration Dinner
    • Transportation during tour as per itinerary
    • 3 Days entry to Petra
    • English speaking tour leader
    • Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
    • Invite to Travelling Fit’s Petra Desert Marathon Closed Facebook Group
      exclusive to Travelling Fit clients

PACKAGE FLYERS

PACKAGE PRICES

deposit and payment structure

Initial Deposit
$990per Runner
$890per Supporter
If adding an Extension Tour please add the following:
  • Wonder of Amman Pre-Tour: $110 per person
  • Adventure Extension Tour – Standard Tent: $350 per person
  • Adventure Extension Tour – Star Tent Dome: $430 per person
Second Instalment
$450per Runner and per Supporter due
Friday 08 March 2024
Final Balance
Monday 03 June 2024
Trav Cut V2 Op

The Petra Desert Half Marathon Course

The Petra Desert Marathon is a challenging adventure marathon set in the beautiful desert region of Jordan. From the lunar-like mountain landscape to the arid desert, runners navigate challenging terrain in the dry, desert heat. The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections is sand with loose rocks.

From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves and monasteries carved in the mountainsides.

A 2km uphill section on paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries and via the main road towards the desert on hilly tarmac road.

After 6 kilometres, the route leaves the asphalt road and continues into the desert. Half marathon runners take the direct way to the river bed gorge “Siq Al Bard” while marathon runners have to do a loop around the hill top “Al Musirh”. Leaving Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route is back on the tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine

Just before the village, half marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do a 8km back tracking stretch running past incredible rock formations that only few tourists visit.

The final 4 kilometres are steep downhill running on paved roads towards the finish line.

Have you thought about extending your stay? Check out our amazing optional tours to make your holiday the trip of a lifetime.

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The entry fee for the Petra Desert Half Marathon is included in the package.

Petra Desert Marathon Race Information

Entry Fees

The entry fee for the Petra Desert Half Marathon is included in the package.

Qualifying Times

There are no qualifying times required for the Petra Desert Half Marathon

Half marathon runners must be minimum 16 years old on race day.

Start Time

Petra Desert Half Marathon has a scheduled start time of 06:30am.

Cut-Off Times

All runners have 7 hours from start time to complete their race, regardless of distance. Runners still on the route after the time limit will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.

Five hours after the start, however, the marathon route closes at the 31km mark (10km mark for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be permitted to finish the race.

Race Timing

Timing is done with AMB Chip. The chip will be in the race pack that runners receive the day before the race.

The chip must be attached around the ankle with the velcro strap that follows or in the shoe lace.

The chip must be handed back to the timing staff at the finish line.

Race Packets

At the race briefing the night before the race, runners will receive their race packets.

Inside this bag you’ll find your start number, race t-shirt, information on the route, and your timing chip/velcro strap.

Pace Setters

There are no official pace setters for the Petra Desert Half Marathon

Aid Stations

There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water.

It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to selected drinks stations. Half Marathon runners can get personal supplies at one aid station.

The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities.

Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials at the race briefing the day before the race – remember to clearly mark your supplies with your start number and the number of the drinks station you want it deposited at.

Personal supplies deposited at the drinks stations will not be returned.

Personal Refreshments and Clothing

Personal belongings can be dropped off at the Visitors Centre and will be brought to the finish area. Any personal belongings you want available at the finish area should be packed in a bag or backpack and clearly marked with your name and start number. The bag must be handed over to the race officials at Petra Visitors Centre before 5:30 on race day morning.

The walk from the Visitors Centre to the start line can be chilly and a light jacket or sweater is recommended for the walk. This jacket or sweater can be dropped at the start line and will be brought to the finish area. Again we ask you to clearly mark all your belongings with name and start number.

The Petra Desert Marathon organisers cannot be held responsible for any lost or damaged items or valuables.

It is possible to have personal supplies delivered to 1 of the drinks stations.

The personal supplies can be food, drink, sunscreen or other personal necessities.

Personal supplies must be handed over to the race officials at the race briefing the day before the race – remember to clearly mark your supplies with your start number and the number of the drinks station you want it deposited at.

Personal supplies deposited at the drinks stations will not be returned.

After the event, water and a sandwich lunch are given to all participants. Checked-in bags can be picked up at the bag check-out area.

TRANSPORT

All runners must meet at the Petra Visitor Centre (within walking distance from your hotel) and from there you walk 2.5 kilometers through the Siq and past the Treasury to the start line at the Street of Facades.

The finish line is located near the Petra Visitor Centre where you will make your short way back to your hotel.

Expo

There will not be an Expo.

Finishes T-Shirts, Medals and Certificates

All runners who complete the half marathon within the time limit will receive a medal after crossing the finish line.

The official race event shirt will be included in your race pack.

Weather Conditions

The temperature in late August/early September is around 30 degrees Celsius and can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (86-104 degrees Fahrenheit).

Night time temperatures can be as low as 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit)

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