25 Sep 2021

Great Wall Marathon
25 Sep 2021

5,164 steps into history!

Since its inception in 1999, the Great Wall Marathon has become revered as one of the world's most challenging marathons.

Run the most demanding marathon of your life along one of mankind's greatest monuments.

The Great Wall Marathon event offers three distances: A marathon, half marathon and a 8.5km Fun Run.



Although we are looking forward to a brighter 2021 with Covid-19 vaccines being rolled out the current spikes of positive corona cases around the world still forces us to be restrictive and cautious. Many questions still remain unanswered, but organizing the Great Wall Marathon in May seems more and more unlikely, which is why we have decided to postpone the race until September 25th.
Participants who already booked have received an email with their options. If you would like to run the wall in September you will find all the details here on the website. 



While we remain optimistic that the world will win control over Covid-19 during 2021 there’s obviously still uncertainty and questions for the coming year. We have used the past several months to become as prepared as possible to organize races in the post-corona era and are positive that we can live up to various restrictions and regulations set forth by the Chinese authorities. With that said, however, we understand that many of you may still wonder how Covid-19 will effect travelling in the year to come, which is why we have outlined our policy for possible Covid-19 travel restrictions to give you peace of mind while still being able to secure your spot at the Great Wall Marathon.

If the race is cancelled by Albatros Adventure Marathons you will receive a full refund of the payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
If the race is postponed to a later date you will have the choice between moving your entry to the new date or receive a full refund of payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
Note that the decision to cancel or postpone the race will be taken no later than 4 weeks prior to the event, but in most cases the decision will be taken at least 8 weeks in advance.

If official travel restrictions prohibiting you from travelling to China are in place 30 days before the event you can cancel your booking and receive a full refund of the payments made to Albatros Adventure Marathons.
This includes restrictions disabling you to depart from your home country as well as restrictions banning you from entering China due to Covid-19 regulations.

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Beautiful, painful, and difficult. The most brutal race I have ever run. Loved it!

Michael Olsen
2014 Great Wall Marathon finisher