“Great Wall Marathon” – kind of does what it says on the tin. It’s a marathon, on the Great Wall of China – what’s not to like? Slickly organized, it’s a marathon, half marathon and 8.5K “fun run” rolled into one with 2,500 runners (about 1,000 in the marathon itself) and around the quarter of the race on the Great Wall itself – passing East to West near the start and then West to East towards the end with (apparently) some 5,164 steps to be climbed along the way. The rest of the course being a trog around some rural Chinese villages with a bunch of hills thrown in for good measure.
To reduce congestion the race sets off in five waves ten minutes apart from 7.30am to 8.10am with full and half marathon runners mixed together in the first four waves and the “fun” run […]