18th May 2024

Great Wall Marathon

18th May 2024

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.


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