On Request bookings
Request Bookings will confirm that you have accepted our Booking Conditions. Your booking is not, however, guaranteed until our partner company confirms availability. Please expect confirmation of place within 1-3 days of making your booking. Your card payment details will still be required for the deposit to secure your space, though please be advised this information will be held securely, and the card will only be debited upon confirmation of booking.
Albatros Adventure Marathons reserves the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.
By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.
Please note that it is each traveler’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveler. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your destination.
Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee, and providing the Chinese authorities with a service voucher from the Great Wall Marathon containing hotel information and dates.
If you are a solo traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.
Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip.
The following arrival transfer times to Jizhou, Tianjin are included in the package price:
07:00, 09:00, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00, 19:00, 21:00, 23:00
It is possible to purchase a private transfer if your plane arrive later than 22:00 (minimum 1 hour should be estimated to get through immigration and customs) or do not want to wait in the arrivals hall for the set transfers.
To make sure everybody have room on the transfers you must provide us with your arrival flight details no later then 4 weeks prior to your arrival.
If you arrive to Beijing by other means of transportation than flight it is your own responsibility to make it back to PEK or PKX to catch the set transfers to Beijing city centre, but again we need to know which transfer you then want to go on.
There will be Great Wall Marathon representatives in the arrivals hall during the set transfer time hours to welcome you and show you to the bus.
Departure transfers are included in the packages and go only as far as Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) or Beijing Daxing Airport (PKX).
Light-colored clothing, and short-sleeve technical shirts are a good choice as they do not absorb sweat (like cotton, which remains wet), sun block is highly recommended (use SPF30 or above), a running hat with visor is also advisable as it can help keep the sun out of your eyes.
In May, spring is in its prime with sunny, blue skies and lush, green vegetation lining the Great Wall. In recent years, the weather during The Great Wall Marathon has been somewhat unpredictable, varying from a low of 16°C/61°F to a high of 35°C/95°F. On average, the temperature is around 25°C/77°F. Rain is unusual during the race, but can occur. Be prepared for high humidity.
The cut-off time for all distance events is 8 hours. All runners with a net finishing time slower than 8 hours will receive a FNT (Finished No Time) on the result list.
At 14:00 (6 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the gate leading to the wall will be closed. Marathon runners who have not reached the gate at this time will not be allowed to finish.
At 16:00 (8 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the Great Wall Marathon ends.
Runners still on the route will be picked up by a race official car and taken to the finish area.
The Great Wall Marathon features three distances:
Full marathon - 42.195km/26.2mi
Half marathon - 21.1km/13.1mi
Fun Run - 8.5km/5.5mi - a non-competitive run also on the Great Wall
It is possible to change the distance you want to run up to 10 days before the race starts. All you need to do is contact us with your request.
If you want to change your distance while on tour, contact a Race Official after the briefing on Inspection Day. You must bring your original race number!
Change of distance is NOT PERMITTED on Race Day.
Full marathon runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.
Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old.
Fun Run participants must be at least 12 years old on race day.
Fun Run participants under the age of 12 are also welcome, so long as they are accompanied by a runner aged 16 or above
Awards and medal
All finishers receive a medal. A small, symbolic prize is given to the winners of both distances for men and women. Please note that there is no prize money.
Start / Bib number
You will receive your start/bib number in the race goodie bag.
All runners will receive two bib numbers and both must be worn during the race. The large bib must be attached to the front of your body and the small one is for your back. The bib numbers are color-coded according to the distance you are running.
The bibs are color coded according to your chosen distance:
- Full marathon bibs - black
- Half-marathon - red
- 8.5km Fun Run - green
Please do not bend or fold the bibs as the timing chip inside may break. Marathon and half marathon bibs are also marked with a wave number. On race day, please go to the start wave corresponding to the wave number on your bib.
Upon check-in at your hotel, you will receive a goodie bag containing your start/bib number, official race T-shirt, Runners' Guide and tickets for the Inspection and Race Days and the gala dinner. If you don't receive your goodie bag at check-in, it will be given to you on Inspection Day. Local runners pick up their goodie bags at our Beijing office. Details will be provided upon registration.
Your bib number is a tool for race directors to tell hundreds of runners apart, made of a plastic-like material, which you pin on your body. It facilitates tracking individual progress and ensuring everyone's safety. It also serves as a memento for you to remember this unique experience.
Time Taking & Results
Final details about start times will be announced in the runner's guidebook that you will receive upon arrival in Beijing. The Great Wall Marathon is timed with a bib chip timing system.
Results will be posted at Yin and Yang Square during the race. Final results will be published on this website at: https://great-wall-marathon.com/results.
On Race Day, a team of Danish doctors and Chinese paramedics will provide medical assistance to runners in need. The Medical Team reserves the right to remove any runner who is deemed unable to complete the race. Please note that all decisions made by the Medical Team or Race Officials are final.
Doctors and race officials will be positioned along, and move in and out of, the route, but will not be able to monitor all parts at all times. We kindly ask all runners to look out for each other and report to race officials, water stations or doctors if you see a fellow runner in need of help.
If you take daily medicine prescribed by your physician or need any other medication, please inform Marathon Tours and Travel in advance.
During Inspection Day and Race Day, a variety of exclusive Great Wall Marathon merchandise can be purchased at the start and finish area in Yin & Yang Square in Huangyaguan.
Additional information regarding the selection of available merchandise (such as Finisher Shirts, running jackets, caps, and more) and acceptable forms of payment will be provided in the Runners' Guide. This guide book is your go-to source for important information. It will be available online in the weeks leading up to The Great Wall Marathon and a print copy will be provided in your goodie bag.
It is possible to deposit bags with personal items for use after the race. Luggage can be stored in the designated luggage area at the Yin and Yang Square. Please mark your bag clearly with your name and bib number. To avoid unnecessary queuing on the morning of race day, please mark your luggage before entering Yin and Yang Square.
Although the luggage area is manned, depositing personal belongings in the area is entirely each runner’s responsibility and the Great Wall Marathon organisers are not responsible for loss or damage of personal belongings.
English-speaking race officials from Albatros Adventure Marathons are in charge of the event. The race officials reserve the right to change the course and other aspects of the race without advance notice.
Please note that all decisions made by the race officials and/or medical team are final.
By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions of Albatros Adventure Marathons.
Rules & Regulations
Change of Distance: If you decide to change distance during the race, ie. if a half marathon runner decides to follow the marathon route instead of the half marathon route, he or she will receive a medal but not an official time. The race result will read FNT (finished no time). The same applies for a marathon runner who changes distances during the race. All runners who change distances before race day will be registered accordingly and receive an official time.
Top Finishers: The top three male and female finishers of all distances are the first three to physically cross the finish line regardless of their net time.
Gear: Nordic walking and trekking poles are not allowed.