Built during the Warring States period over 2,000 years ago, the Great Wall of China is a symbol of strength and endurance, and remains one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. As it so happens, the marathon, inspired by peace and freedom in Ancient Greece, was founded in the same time period. Who would have thought that two millennia later, these two symbolic icons of ancient civilisation—the Great Wall and the Olympic Marathon—will harmoniously come together in a festive international sports and culture exchange.
You can sign up for a full marathon, half marathon or 5km run that is happening on Saturday, 19 April 2015. Be thoroughly prepared—the course is extremely challenging due to steep slopes, uneven surface tracks and varied step heights. But then again, you will be rewarded with first-hand panoramic views as you gaze upon these long-standing brick walls lining these enchanting mountains. As it will be in the heart of spring, you will also get to indulge in the beauty of blossoming apricot flowers, cherry blossoms, azalea and all kinds of wild flowers.
Registration Ends Soon!
Closing soon on 15 March 2015, the registration costs US$170 for the full and half marathons, and US$80 for the 5km run.
Fees include a race chip, round-trip bus transport between Beijing and Jinshanling Great Wall, Jinshanling a Great Wall ticket, race insurance, a quick-drying race T-shirt, bath towel, finisher’s medal, performance certificate, as well as other amenities and refreshments. Participants in the 5km category will not have chips, towels and performance certificates though.
There are cups and medals to be won for the top three in each category. Special trophies will also be awarded to entrants who break their personal best record.
Sign up online on the official Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon website. Do check out their International Tour Partner website too for more race tips and travel packages!