The Great Wall Marathon will be held on Saturday 15th May 2021, and all distance events will start from the Yin and Yang Square in the old Huangyaguan fortress and begin along the same route. Immediately reaching Jinwei Highway, the route leads south for 1km before turning left on to Changcheng Highway. At this point, you are on the road leading to the Great Wall entrance and will face a 4km uphill climb. After completing the first 5km of your respective distance, you will meet the first of many steps! The next 3km are run on the Great Wall of China itself, including 1km around the magnificent fortress walls. Just before the 7km mark, you will face a 700m long section with a steep descent on the infamous "Goat Track".
Once you've rounded the fortress walls and passed the 8km mark, you will find yourself back at the Yin and Yang Square. Fun Run runners have now completed their race and head straight to the finish line in the centre of the square. Marathon and half marathon runners can take in some energy from the cheering spectators before heading south again following the river to the Duanzhuang village. At 13km the route crosses the river and the half marathon route now truns left to explore more of the village while the marathon route heads south towards the township of Xiaying.
At the 16km mark, marathon runners exit Xiaying town and find themselves on the Maying Highway going east passing fields and farmlands for 1.5km. Taking a sharp left turn towards the tiny Dongjiafen village, the route now heads north. The 20km mark is the beginning of a 6km long loop, passing through the village of Qingshanling. Existing the loop section at the 26km mark, the next kilometre leads up to the Chedaoyu village with a steep ascent.
Back in Duanzhuang village, the marathon route merges with the half marathon route again. Marathon runners have now passed the 29km mark while the half marathon runners have 5km to the finish line. Crossing back to the river, runners follow the Jinwei Highway back north to the Yin and Yang Square. Entering the square, half marathon runners go straight for the finish line while marathon runners turn right and up the steps to face the Great Wall a second time!
*All marathon runners who have not reached the steps leading to the wall (34km) within 6 hours of the start will not be allowed to continue.
On the fortress' north wall, marathon runners head east crossing the bridge leading to the "Goat Track". At the foot of the hill, just before getting off the bridge, a wrist band is handed out as proof that the wall has in fact been run twice. Runners now climb the 700m ascent before conquering the Great Wall from west to east. Once the steps have been passed the final 5km are downhill to the Yin and Yang Square and the finish line.
Congratulations! You have completed the Great Wall and 5,164 historic steps!
Arrive at Beijing Airport and make your way to the hotel for check-in.
Transportation from the airport is not provided, but taxis are plenty-full. We have the afternoon free to relax and explore the neighbourhood near the hotel.
In the late afternoon between 1700-1900, race pack collection at the hotel lobby.
Today is the big day! After an early breakfast at the hotel, the buses will bring runners and supporters to the race venue in Huangyaguan.
Buses will also take all participants (runners and spectators) back to the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax.
Today is a day of recovery. Sleep in, relax, do a bit of shopping in the Silk Alley or fill your senses with the sights and sounds of Beijing. Enjoy and explore at your own pace. Optional excursions are available today but must be purchased prior to your arrival in China.
In the evening, we will gather for the big celebration dinner. All participants will be picked up at their hotels and taken to the party venue tonight.
Depending on your departure time, you might be able to do some last-minute shopping or take in more of Beijing's sights. Alternatively, you can make your way to the airport, after breakfast or after check-out at noon. Transportation to the airport is not included.
Prices of tour packages are listed in Sin$
Below are a list of items that are included and excluded in the tour package:
Runner @ $ 1,890
Non-runner/Companion @ $ 1,890
Runner @ $ 2,480
Thank you very much for choosing to travel with us to the Great Wall Marathon.
Registration is via a hard copy form.
Drop us a line at the link below, and make a request for the registration form, and more information on optional tours in Beijing.