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 greatwallmarathon.com