15 May 2021

Great Wall Marathon
15 May 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.

Since the inaugural Great Wall Marathon in 1999, the field has grown steadily to a sellout event with 2,500 runners from over 60 nations. The Great Wall Marathon event offers three distances: A marathon, half marathon and a 8.5km Fun Run.



The safety of our runners is our top priority. We have thus decided, in coordination with our local partners in China, that it is in everyone’s best interest to cancel The Great Wall Marathon 2020 due to the situation with COVID-19, the novel coronavirus.

We are deeply saddened to make this decision, but due to the World Health Organization’s declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and resulting travel restrictions imposed by many countries, we believe that the right course of action is to cancel for this year. We offer a heartfelt apology for any ensuing disappointment – we are equally disappointed, but we hope to see you at one of our other races in 2020 or back in China in 2021. 



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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