Run : Train : Register for The Great Wall Of China Marathon

The Great Wall of China Marathon is an annual marathon race held in May along and on the Huangyaguan, Tianjin section of the Great Wall of China East of Beijing. Aside from the main marathon, a half marathon, 10 km and 5 km runs are also held.

How tough is the course of great wall marathon

Participants are challenged by 5,164 stone steps and many steep ascents and descents.

These Course records are a good indicator of how tough the great wall marathon is

Men – 3:18:48

Women – 4:09: 10

Marathon Training Plan for the Great Wall marathon

This is one marathon that will require a runner to do plenty of hill running. But hill running alone won’t be enough to tackle the stone steps, a runner will need to do extra strength work.

Resistance training in the gym with a focus on the hips and calf muscles will give you a good foundation.

Developing mental confidence to run the great wall marathon.

Vertical running. Running up and down the stair case  of a storeyed building will prepare a runner physically and give you mental confidence.

A word of advice from the organizers of great wall marathon

“No runner should enter The Great Wall Marathon® believing that this is an easy course. However, no one shall think this is an impossible challenge reserved exclusively for a running elite. It takes a lot of training and willpower to succeed but on average, 25% of the earlier “combatants” has premiered as marathoners on the Great Wall. Don’t be scared; just make sure to come prepared.” source

One thought on “Run : Train : Register for The Great Wall Of China Marathon

  1. khalfan

    Thanks for the info on Great Wall Marathon, I will keep this in mind. First I might consider to try the Fuji Tozan Marathon in July. It is a Marathon to the peak of Mount Fuji(about 3,700 metres high).

    Fuji Tozan

    Held every year on July 25, the Fuji Tozan race is actually two races in one: a 15K race to the “5th Station” of the mountain and a 21K race all the way to the top. Rule of thumb: the final 6K takes about as long to “run” as the first 15K. For most people, running the 21K up Mt. Fuji takes a little longer than racing a full marathon.

    Although the total distance is 36Km even the best do it for about 4hours, and 6 hours is the average time!


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