Run around China on a marathon expedition from the Great Wall to Beijing and Shanghai.
Step your running goals up a notch with this incredible, yet challenging, marathon course along the Great Wall of China (Full, Half or 10km). Warm up in Beijing before heading to the Great Wall for the big run - the only Chinese-supported marathon in the country. This ain’t your average track; runners will navigate rough paths, sloping trails and narrow steps, so you’ll need to be fit and alert. That said, runners have the option to sign up for a full, half and ten-kilometre course, so there's something for most fitness levels. Recover with a week of travel around Northern China, taking in the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors and stylish Shanghai. On your marks, get set, GO!
Spend a night in a family-run guesthouse in the countryside near the Great Wall
Participate in a marathon run along the greatest wall in the world. (Full/Half or 10km)
Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
Feel the might of China’s imperial power while exploring Beijing's Forbidden City, filled with palaces, gardens and seemingly never-ending grand courtyards.
Enjoy a bike ride around the ancient city walls of Silk-Road era Xi'an
Indulge yourself with a traditional reflexology foot massage - you've earned it!
The marathon route covers three types of terrain: tarmac roads, a ten-kilometre stretch along the Great Wall itself, and mountain trails through the countryside. The section along the Wall is challenging, with steep ups and downs and loose bricks, while the steep gravel trails can get very slippery.
The official website for the 2019 marathon hasn't been released, however the site from the past years can be found here: http://www.jslmarathon.com/index.php?c=index&a=index&sid=2
Previous participants highly recommended that you bring a pair of trekking poles for the marathon itself.
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
We pack a lot in, in a short amount of time, so if you have some time to spare we highly recommend extra time in Shanghai and Beijing.
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1. A Single Supplement to have your own room is bookable on this trip, excluding the overnight train.
2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.
3. Marathon entry is priced separately from the trip cost to give our travellers the choice of one of the following options.
Full Marathon: $200.00 USD
Half Marathon: $200.00 USD
10km: $160.00 USD
(Prices reflect 2018 costs and are subject to change. Marathon registration will open early 2019).
4. Once booked on the trip, to register for the marathon, please contact your booking agent for the required registration forms. All forms will need to be submitted no later than 40 days prior to departure.
5. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.
6. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
Our China Highlights - Great Wall Marathon trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
Bring food supplies for before and during the run; especially if you are fussy or a novice traveller. The run is tough, and this way you won’t be caught short. Likewise coffee addicts should consider a secret stash for those days the espresso gods don’t smile.
Review submitted 12 May 2018
The best part about this trip was our guide , William and the itenerary. However some of the accommodations were unacceptable and there is a lot o extras you have to pay making this trip almost double to what you paid. The Intepid stuff is not very accommodating. The customer service is non existent.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2018