Great Wall Half Marathon

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Great Wall Half Marathon Package

All details are based on the 2024 Great Wall Half Marathon and the prices and dates should be used as guide only. Please click on the "BECOME A PRIORITY CLIENT" button above to sign up, so that we will notify you as soon as further information becomes available. Alternatively, please pay a preliminary deposit and guarantee your place for next year.


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

Ei Chefgradient
    • 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
    • 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



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


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.

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