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Don’t put all that training to waste by running your same old marathon…snore. 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.
The course can be divided into two sections:
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.
You will complete this section of the course twice.
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. You should be aware that there is a long ascent when going towards the turning point. This ascent may seem easy compared to the road leading to the Great Wall section, but after running approximately 21km it may come as an unpleasant surprise.
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The Great Wall Marathon was an amazing experience and I will cherish the memories for the rest of my life.
I would highly recommend any runner to use Travelling Fit when they consider doing an Overseas Marathon. The service from the Travelling Fit team from time of booking to when we were in China was remarkable and they were really helpful. Thank you for all your hard work and keep up the good work. I can't wait to do another trip later on.
I just want to say thank you for a fabulous week in China. I would not be lying but it was probably the best week of my life, I loved it. Thanks to the Travelling Fit representatives, our tour guides, bus drivers and anyone else who made it possible. To be honest when I boarded the plane in Brisbane I was shaking, I was like a 14 year old going on first date. I met some fabulous people, made new friends. I will be meeting you again I don’t know when yet, most of our group spoke about doing wall again in two years time. All the best
Vahid and I would like to thank you very much for your superb/hard work prior and during the Great Wall Marathon tour in China couple of weeks ago. We had the most amazing experience of our life and without your great effort/help it would not have happened. so thank you, you should be very proud of yourselves; we are!
The whole experience was unreal! The Travelling Fit crew were amazing, fun, super professional and great support cheering us on as they saw us all cross the finish line. The tips given in our Travelling pack were very useful. The tours and guides were excellent. I had a great time! Thank you!
The whole week was a fantastic adventure. It's the first time I have done a trip like this and it was really nice to share it with people that all had a common goal. As hard as the run was I just love the wall and really appreciated the Travelling Fit folk at the finish line. Thanks to you all.
I would like to say a big thanks to the Travelling Fit crew. They went out of their way to make sure we all had what we needed. It can't have been easy, particularly with the flight delays in getting to Beijing both for us runners and also for them. They were always available to us when we had questions, comments or requests. The trip to China and the Great Wall Marathon were incredible and it was something that will stay with me forever.
We just wanted to thank you so much for the wonderful experience of our trip to China and the Great Wall. We enjoyed it thoroughly and had a fantastic time. Thank you again for your professionalism, friendliness and kindness it was an amazing experience that we will never forget.
Thanks for all you did in organising such an incredible and smooth trip to China! What an amazing experience! Appreciated every second and travelling with you guys made this an unforgettable experience. Will remember this for years to come! Looking forward to the next one!!
Thank you so much for everything you did for Dave and I in the planning, organising, chasing accommodation and booking for our trip to China and Singapore stopover. Our holiday would not have been as perfect as it was without your help. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in China and as well as the breathtaking Great Wall run the sightseeing you organised was just so much more than we could've hoped for. Thankyou :) Our stopover stay at Marina Bay Sands was simply incredible. I don't know if I have the words to describe how wonderful a time we had there too. Paying the extra for the Club Room was also worth every cent. If anyone ever asks you about it, a high recommendation from us is an understatement! It was the perfect end to what Dave has described (to everyone we have talked to so far about our trip) as "the best holiday we have ever had"
Flights and Additional Travel
Travelling Fit is a fully accredited travel agency which offers a full range of services to our clients. This enables us to book your flights and additional touring to help us assist you in creating your perfect holiday experience.
The entry fee for the Great Wall Marathon is incorporated into the price of the package you choose and cannot be purchased independently.
There are no qualifying times for the Great Wall Marathon.
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.
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.
The Great Wall Marathon will be timed using BibTag technology to ensure that all finishers are accurately timed.
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.
There are no official pace setters in this event.
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 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
Finishers 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.
The average May temperature in Beijing is between 14 degrees Celsius and 27 degrees Celsius (56 degrees Fahrenheit and 80 degrees Fahrenheit.)
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.
Half Marathon run/walk
Great Wall MarathonSo finally the time came and the trip began, Team G&T (Grace Kendrick, Tania Goodwin and friends Simon Pearse & Ranelle Cliff) said goodbye to Perth and headed to Beijing. Beijing is an amazing ...
So finally the time came and the trip began, Team G&T (Grace Kendrick, Tania Goodwin and friends Simon Pearse & Ranelle Cliff) said goodbye to Perth and headed to Beijing. Beijing is an amazing city of a hustle and bustle, cars, buses, taxis, bikes and people with a smoggy air that shadows the sun.
A few days later saw the arrival of many other runners and the anticipation was building rapidly, what would our section of the wall be like, as steep as the pictures lead you to believe.
The day of the Great Wall preview tour was here, at 6:30 we climbed on board our bus and set off for 150km drive through to Tainjin and to part of the wall at Huangyaquan. What awaited us was one of the most awe inspiring sights that many of us had ever seen, a trail of wall rising and falling with the contours of the Chinese hills and countryside. Back onto the bus and a 5km steep dive up the hill (which we would be running up on the day) to the start of the 4km wall section.
This 4km section took us 1:30 hrs to walk and everyone was tried and starting to seriously worry about race day and just how difficult this course would be. Up and down uneven steps, down a goat track and small uneven paths with no real hand rails or barrier to save you from falling down the side of the mountain…exciting yes, scary definitely!
1800 people from 53 countries were to take part in this the 11th Great Wall Marathon. The idea for the Marathon was the brain child of some beer fuelled Danes in Copenhagen, from a small idea to a now global event! Some of the stories of dedication were simply humbling, 1 person raining funds was doing 52 marathons in 52 weeks, another lady had been given some serious health news by doctors with only a few months to live and was still determined to finish her marathon experience.
And so onto race day, a 02:30 wake-up call and a 03:30 bus departure to ensure we were all at the starting line on time. The bus was filled with nervous chatter and focused determination. Square would be the start and finish lines and was full of runners, stretching, making sure running belts, camelbaks were all full of water and other necessary fluids. Mass warm up aerobics and the starting gun for the first runners went off, we were next……….The starting line, hundreds of people and adrenaline pumping and we were finally running! First the 6km hill climb, all we wanted was to keep a steady pace to get up to the top to the start of the wall with enough energy to get us up and over the 2700+ steps. Slowly but surely we ran and jogged up the hill, over the wall and down a very steep goat track, back through the square and onto the 13km through the local villages. The locals were lining the streets and young and old had come out to cheer us on and high five us as we went past, it was this support and mass will power that got many of the runners through this gruelling race and is exactly that feeling and help that we hope Youth Focus will help others achieve.
The highlight was crossing the finishing line and receiving our medals, with the whole team finishing the race in under 3:15hrs which was itself under what we had hoped for.
Running the Great Wall Half MarathonJeff Meltzer, Karen Mason and Rachel Mason of Meltzer Mason Heath entered the Half Marathon event of this annual race. Billed as an adventure Marathon, where the course is at least 25% harder than...
Jeff Meltzer, Karen Mason and Rachel Mason of Meltzer Mason Heath entered the Half Marathon event of this annual race. Billed as an adventure Marathon, where the course is at least 25% harder than any other Marathon, times don’t matter and it’s all about the experience. It is a “tough, beautiful and definitely extraordinary experience. The 5164 steps of the Great Wall Marathon will put your physique to the test, and the breathtaking surroundings of Tianjin Province will compete with your tired muscles for attention. The Great Wall Marathon is the ideal way to combine an unusual running event with exploring one of the world’s most astonishing sights.”
It seemed like a good idea last November when we first had the notion that this would be a fun thing to do- climbing up a 5km mountain road, 2,582 steps up and down a 5km section of the Wall, gambolling through villages, soaking up the scenery and the atmosphere, not to mention the culture and the history. The reality, however, was completely different. In fact, it was so much better than we had anticipated.
Our journey began nearly six months ago, with some serious training. But had it prepared us for the big day? Endless runs up and down hills, numerous sessions on carpark staircases, and hours of pounding the pavements all in the wee hours of the morning. Would it all paid off?
May 15, 2010 dawns cold. It is 3.30am and we are heading out to Jixian, to “our part” of the Great Wall of China and the challenge we have taken on. The streets of Beijing are busy even at this time of the day and we watch the sun rise up from behind the mountains. It glows red, and two thoughts occur simultaneously: “where else can you look directly at the sun and not go blind?” and “what on earth have we got ourselves into?”. Two and a half hours later, the bus pulled into the carpark, and along with nearly 1800 other participants from 52 countries, we spilled from our bus, hopping up and down, almost bursting with nerves and excitement. We were greeted at the entrance to the race start area by a group of local villagers, decked out in traditional dress, dancing and playing music, and generally revving us up. We spent the next hour or so preparing ourselves for the start.
Finally, we assemble at the start line, and off we go. There was little of the usual pushing and shoving, and from the start we knew this was going to be something different. The first 5km was a hard slog up the mountain road, steep and hard going. This set the pace for the first half of the race, and we made it in reasonable time. Coming upon the entrance to the Wall we knew this was it – the main event, six months in the training, we were about to conquer or be conquered.
A difficult leg of the race, it was also the most thrilling and awe-inspiring. The fact that we were running along a structure built thousands of years ago, and was for the main part still wonderfully intact, was a very humbling experience. The view across the valley was stunning.
The morning mist had faded, there was no smog, just beautiful mountains (where you just knew that dragons lived). Still, the Wall tried its best to beat us. Two and a half thousand steps up and down. Not just normal steps. We’re talking steps with 30cm rises and 15cm widths, or vice versa. Goat trails, broken steps, sheer sided drops. This was no walk in the park, and it really was apparent why this is an adventure race, one where one’s personal bests don’t matter, and where a running time that is half as much again is considered normal.
Up steps, down steps, short flat-ish runs, through towers and down dirt goat trails, all too soon we had reached the end of the Wall section. We crossed through Yin Yang Square (the start/finish and half way area) and were cheered on by the watching crowd. Out of the Wall and onward to the villages. We had expected lush rice paddies, quaint houses, and perhaps the odd farm animal to be roaming around. Our romantic illusions were fairly quickly removed. For the main part, we ran along bumpy dirt tracks, with bare land either side. We had forgotten that China was just out of winter! We reached the village itself, and ran through the streets. With closely built mud houses, and drainage down the middle of the lanes, it was certainly a vastly different experience. The villagers lined the streets, and all wished us “Ni Hao”. Little children waved and were excited to run alongside for a bit. The people were so friendly, it made this tough leg a bit easier. It certainly lifted our hearts! Time was getting on, we were exhausted, dehydrated in the nearly 30 degree heat, but we were happy. We’d nearly made it, and look how far we’d come and what we had seen!
As we neared the finish line, we could hear the crowds, and we knew that this was it. Somehow, from somewhere, that last burst of adrenalin kicked in, and we found the reserves to finish strongly. In full on racing mode, we entered Yin Yang Square, heard our names over the PA, and burst across the finish line. Triumphant, exhausted, and thrilled. What an achievement, what an experience. And we got a medal.
As an adventure, running in the Great Wall Marathon was wonderful. It has become a part of our soul, and an experience we’ll never forget. After all the training, the gruelling day, would we do it again? In a heartbeat. Watch this space for next year’s bit of “adventure before dementia”!
Welcome to China
As Australia’s Official International Tour Partner for the Great Wall Marathon, Travelling Fit are pleased to be able to offer you a host of exclusive packages for the Great Wall Marathon and Half Marathon
- Budget Packages 1 & 2 are NOT hosted by Travelling Fit but by local representatives with no dedicated Australian representation
- All bookings received after 18th March 2019 incur a late booking fee of $150 per person.
For personalised Travelling Fit fully hosted tours (recommended) please refer to the Exclusive Travelling Fit Packages 1 through to 6. 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
- Exclusive Package 3 – 9 Days / 8 Nights – Exclusive Package 2 + Xi’An
- Exclusive Package 4 – 11 Days / 10 Nights – Exclusive Package 2 + Xi’An + Shanghai
- Exclusive Package 5 – 14 Days / 13 Nights – Exclusive Package 2 + Xi’An + Guilin + Yangshou + Shanghai
- Exclusive Package 6 – 14 Days / 13 Nights – Exclusive Package 2 + Lhasa (Tibet)+ Xi’An
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS:
- Book and pay your deposit no later than 30 November 2018 and receive a $68 discount off the price of Package 1 & 2 (Budget and Exclusive)
Book and pay your deposit no later than 30 November 2018 and receive a $100 discount off the price of your Travelling Fit Exclusive Packages 3 to 6.
Please note that hotels in China are not always to Western Standards
- ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:
- Guaranteed Race Entry (Runners Only)
- 5 or 6 Nights' Accommodation:
Check in: Tue 14 or Wed 15 May Check out: Mon 20 May
- Breakfast Daily
- Great Wall Marathon Course Inspection including lunch
- Gala Dinner post Marathon Event
- All other meals as per your itinerary
- TRAVELLING FIT EXCLUSIVE PACKAGES - ADDITIONAL INCLUSIONS:
- Arrival airport/hotel transfers
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Pre-Marathon Group Dinner Asian Style
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Sightseeing and excursions as listed (Optional tours must be purchased separately)
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Supporters will be looked after on race day to cheer on the runners
exclusive to Travelling Fit supporters
- Personalised Travelling Fit Running Top
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Travelling Fit Representative on site and available for questions
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
- Invite to Travelling Fit's Great Wall Marathon Facebook Group
exclusive to Travelling Fit clients
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS:
Book and pay your deposit no later than 30 November 2018 and receive a $65 discount off the price of your Travelling Fit Exclusive package (Package 1 & 2)
Book and pay your deposit no later than 30 November 2018 and receive a $100 discount off the price of your Travelling Fit Exclusive package (Package 3, 4, 5 & 6)
STANDARD PAYMENT SCHEDULE:
Prelim Deposit: $300
Deposit (With Prelim): $250 per Runner and $250 per Supporter
Deposit (without Prelim): $550 per Runner and $550 per Supporter
2nd Installment: $300 per Runner and $300 per Supporter Mon 26 Nov 2018
Balance Due: Thu 14 February 2019