Running on The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall Marathon® organisers have set 16 May 2017 as the date for runners to scale The Great Wall of China Beijing in 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon races.

Almost all visitors to The Great Wall Tianjin Province China find a high volume of footfall. Imagine joining in with thousands of international runners stepping out and up in Beijing.

With enough training, money, time and passion for visiting China, runners can make 2017 the year to take an organized running vacation with their country’s official agent to run The Great Wall Marathon®.

Planning a Running Vacation to China for Beijing Races

All runners planning a vacation to run in the races organized by The Great Wall Marathon® are required to obtain entry into their chosen event within one of the travel packages offered by “Official Agents”. This is the only way to travel and take part in running a half marathon or marathon on The Great Wall of China.

Canadian runners have a choice of two official agents for The Great Wall Marathon®:

  • Valhalla Travel and Tours
  • DaneTour

For the 2008 event, DaneTour offered runners from Canada fourteen choices of an escorted itinerary to run in the Great Wall events in Tianjin Province China. Runners and their companions could select from three star to five star accommodation and sightseeing tours including Beijing Opera, Forbidden City and Ming Tombs with prices ranging from $1190 to $2310.

Runners based in the USA can run The Great Wall Marathon® by booking vacations with one of the four official agents:

For British runners, 209 events can make arrangements for running The Great Wall Marathon®. The 209 events Full Package in a single room for the 2017 races costs £1795. This package includes race entry accommodation, sightseeing and flights with departure from London Heathrow (BA39 16.35) on Monday May 11, 2017 to Beijing and return on a British Airways flight from Beijing Airport on Tuesday May 19, 2017 at 11.25.


Traveling Fit are the only official agent for runners living in Australia. Travelers who like to make independent plans for their vacations can add on to an “Official Agents” itinerary with visits to Hong Kong or within China.

All international runners must check with their government’s health and security departments about recommended vaccinations for travel to the overseas destination, visa arrangements and to be informed of the latest Travel Warnings.

Interested runners are encouraged to read Marathon Running on The Great Wall before booking a race place and package with their country’s Official Agent. A full list of Official Agents by country is available from the race organiser.