The Great Wall Marathon 2018

Huangyaguan , Tianjin
26.2M, 13.1M, 5M

The Great Wall Marathon 2018
Race Distances


May 20th 07:30 AM 4,137 Ft. Elevation Gain


May 20th 07:30 AM 4,137 Ft. Elevation Gain


May 20th 08:10 AM 4,137 Ft. Elevation Gain

5,164 steps in history

Deemed one of the toughest marathons in the world by other runners, The Great Wall Marathon (est. 1999) is also one of the most beautiful and extraordinary races.

The event takes place in the picturesque and rural surroundings of Huangyaguan in Tianjin Province, China and offers three distances - marathon, half-marathon and 8.5km/5.5mi Fun Race. 

This race is more than the average running challenge with steep ascents and descents, not to mention the 5,164 steps that marathoners conquer by crossing the Great Wall twice! Half-marathoners and Fun Run participants will cross the wall once.

The courses showcase the Great Wall of China, typical Chinese villages and the countryside with supportive villagers lining the route. The variation offers a well-deserved break from focusing on the wall's many steps!

Entry includes a multi-day tour package offering accommodation, transportation and sightseeing in and around Beijing.

Capacity is limited to 2,500 participants and a wave system is utilized to prevent congestion and ensure a more personal experience on the Great Wall.

Join us and many other running-minded spirits from around the world to conquer the Great Wall of China!

Watch the teaser video now!


Standard registration for the 2018 Great Wall Marathon closes on March 19, 2018. Late registration for an additional fee is possible until April 19, 2018. After this date, no new entries will be accepted.

In recent years, The Great Wall Marathon has sold out well in advance of the standard registration period. If you are committed to the challenge, we strongly advise you to book early.


If you unfortunately become injured and must cancel your entry to The Great Wall Marathon 2018, you may do so before 15 December 2017 and receive a full refund. We simply require you to present an official doctor's note in English, which confirms your injury and your inability to participate.

Map Info

Map Address: Huangyaguan, Tianjin, China
Marker: 26.2M

Map Address: Jixian, Tianjin, China
Marker: 13.1M

Map Address: Jixian, Tianjin, China
Marker: 5M

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