17 May 2025

Great Wall Marathon

17 May 2025

5,164 steps into history!

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

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


Throughout the years, it has developed from mere 350 runners to a sell-out event of 2500 runners, novices and experienced alike.


The route takes you along the spectacular Great Wall in the venue of Huangyaguan, threading through local villages as you are cheered on by its residents giving you the boost needed for its hilly routes and challenging last steps of the tower (5,164 to be exact!).


But this run is not only about the race. It is about the adventure of traveling together with other running-minded spirits, friends and family.


Its about experiencing Chinese culture, getting to know this fantastic country, its people and local cuisine. 


That’s why the race is always a part of an Entry Package which combines classic Beijing with China’s spectacular nature outside the busy metropolis. View our entry packages here

We also offer a variety of race extensions if you want to continue your adventure with us!


For any inquiries about the race, local entry or booking, please write us at info@adventure-marathon.com

We cannot wait to have you on board! 


Race distances

Want to share this experience of a lifetime with your friend or partner?

No problem!

Runners of all levels can take on the wall with these options.


Full Marathon
42.2 km
Half Marathon
21.1 km
Fun Run
8.5 km


All three distances take place at the same time, and all share the first part of the course.

Just select your preferred distance when booking.

Race info

The Great Wall Marathon is widely considered one of the world's most challenging marathons.

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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