We invite you to read what others had to say about their Great Wall experience.
Awesome. The run was incredible and very well-supported. Marathon Tours made it all so easy, taking care of all the little details so we could just enjoy ourselves. I would never try to do a trip like this on my own.
Overall, the Great Wall marathon and experience was absolutely life changing. Before this trip my option and understanding of China was not at all what I saw and experienced. This was eyeopening and hugely educational. I feel fortunate to have taken this trip and am excited to share what I learned with my friends and family. Job Well Done!!
Learning about the different cultures. Meeting people from all around the world and their different abilities and interests in traveling. Best of all was being with people with the same (running) values. No whiners. I had a great compatible roommate that you paired me up with.
Jeff and Scott provided very valuable information about the race from a participants point of view. This helped me greatly and I was able to better prepare my expectations.
I had an incredible time on this trip to China. Running the GW was extremely difficult but also very rewarding when I crossed the finish line. The comradery and friendships of fellow runners made this event even more special. Both Scott and Jeff were extremely helpful on this journey and made the experience so much fun. Thank you for creating a first class running experience!!!
I wanted to send you all a quick note to congratulate and thank you for a first class trip and an unforgettable experience. Everything about your all's operation was excellent, from the communication with you personally pre-trip, to the information and itineraries, support in country (including great tour guides and all the sites), and knowledgeable and upbeat staff. I have zero suggestions for improvement.
I just wanted to take a moment to say "Shae Shay Nee"…Stephen and I had a WONDERFUL and AMAZING experience in China. Your attention to detail and organization made out trip stress-free and totally enjoyable. From the Wall to the Warriors we couldn't have and a more seamless transition to tours, airports and hotels. Words can not totally express the gratitude we really feel.
It was a pleasure meeting you, Jeff, Lee and Jacqui. We also LOVED our Beijing tour guide, Lilly…she was funny, pleasurable, accommodating and informative…learned so much from her.
Thanks for making this once in a life time trip to China so extraordinary, memorable and a trip to remember.
The race was fabulous, but sharing it with the people I met on the trip -- including the MT folks -- made it so much more memorable. It was this incredible group vibe of excitement and anxiety. I had so much admiration for everyone I met, who, like me, wanted to take on this challenge and visit this far away place. I never thought I'd say this, but I loved being part of a tour that involved riding on buses with new friends. It was like camp for grown-ups, and I didn't want it to end.
The whole trip was amazing! We were discussing that it would have been great to have another night in Xi'an, but then we would have to give up something else. It was a very packed itinerary, but I wouldn't have it any other way. The Tibet extension was great and I would definitely recommend it to others. The Marathon Tours staff was great as always. This was my second trip with Scott and my fourth with Jacqui. They made me feel right at home and like a member of the family. On every trip I've taken, I've met great people and we still keep in touch (on social media and in person).
This trip was an awesome experience. Marathon Tours provided an excellent service. This trip was well worth the money.
I was so well taken care of I did not even wear a watch. It was nice to have all the decisions and logistics taken care of so we could focus on the venues and the overall experience. It was really a downer having to make my own breakfast and drive my own car!!
The atmosphere of traveling with a group of fellow runners. I have been on several group type trips and nothing has had the same sort of camaraderie, support, respect and level of understanding as runners traveling together.
What I liked best was the camaraderie. This trip was filled with supportive individuals with a similar purpose--to run the Great Wall. I also enjoyed the tours and excursions. Some may want more free time, but being in a foreign country, it was good to be structured-making sure we saw the important areas of the country.
Everything seemed to come together perfectly for this trip. I honestly feel the money I spent was worth every penny for the cultural experiences I received.
I liked meeting people from all over the world with the same passion for running. The race itself - more challenging than I ever anticipated, but that made it so much more meaningful.
We were truly impress with the amazing level of detailed organization on such a grand scale, the hotels A+, food, I don't believe anyone will complain about not having had enough to eat. I am now trying to loose the 10 or 12 lbs I gained. The river cruise was so relaxing, peaceful and very scenic..... Sorry I can't think of any one thing I liked the best. oops, I take that back. Our MT guide Scott was AWESOME. I found myself observing him on several occasions, and I am convinced that he posses a certain quality about him that is exceptional only to those who truly love their job and people in general. To be able to deal with so many people and all the different personalities without once showing any level of annoyance is to be commended.
I love being able to say I ran the Great Wall and that I went to China. But, really, it was the good friends I made along the way and being with so many people for a single purposes and memory we experienced together.
The Great Wall did not disappoint for adventure and stamina needed to complete the race. Local Guides and sites were terrific. Also liked the Rikshaw ride into old Beijing
Experiencing the Great Wall itself was by far the pinnacle. The terra-cotta warriors in Xi'an were a close second.
From the very first email all our questions were answered within the same day, and additional tips and help was always offered !!! Great contrast to another agency.
We definitely hit the big sightseeing destinations of the cities. Forbidden City, Great Wall and the Terra Cotta Warriors were all must sees and I'm glad we did them. Lots of good food.
Scott was with us, he was very accommodating and helped make this happen during one of the shopping trips in Beijing and in Xian. As for Marathon Tours guides - Scott was fantastic and on top of things
This is a Unforgettable 26 mile Marathon-Obsticle Course of Epic Measure!
I really enjoyed almost every aspect of the trip! The Marathon Tours staff was amazing; the guides were very personable and knowledgeable; the accommodations were excellent.
Well planned and organized by Marathon Tours. Meeting many very nice people! Visited many locations, sites etc. that I never would have done on my own...I wouldn't have know how to do them all...? Many very good memories of the entire trip!
A fascinating tour covering the highlights of China and enabling travellers to experience both modern and rural China.