Event Info - GWM


 Event Information


The Great Wall Marathon, Half-Marathon, 8.5K will host its 15th running with over 2500 runners from all over the world. Everyone is invited to participate.


May 20, 2017


All tour packages include the race entry fee, pre-race inspection tour of the course, race t-shirt, pasta dinner, transportation from your hotel to the start, return transportation back to your hotel and lunch after the race. This must be paid by runners and non-runners alike.

Your entry is guaranteed after receipt of a completed tour application form and deposit by check. 



8 hours -- overall

Please note that there is also a 6 hour cut-off at 32K for the marathon .  Runners must reach this point within 6 hours in order to continue.

This demanding course includes 5,164 steps on the Great Wall at Huangyaguan which includes steep up and down portions. Over 6 kilometers of the full marathon are run on the Wall. All other races are on the wall for about 3km. Most of the course runs through the small farmlands and villages of Tianjin Province. Many runners/walkers opt to carry a camera during their event and not be concerned about their finish time. For many, this is an experience of a lifetime, not a race.

Expected temperatures range from 80 to 90 degrees. Humidity is high while running in the valleys. 



The Great Wall Marathon is considered by many to be the most difficult marathon organized.  You must train properly for this event to avoid injury and allow for the best possibility of completion.  You can expect to run about 50% longer than your normal run.    You can expect terrain along the course that includes paved roads, dirt roads, trails, hills, and steps of varying size and height. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYVjPF8m_WE)