Running On Ancient History

Adventure runners rejoice with a bucket list race to run one of the 7th wonders of the world, a historic landmark, the Great Wall of China. Run through the steps of ancient history on what has been revered as one of the most challenging marathons on the planet. Your next ultimate running adventure awaits you!

Race Day: Sunday, April 12, 2020

2022 race date TBA, read the update page for details.


Dream Race

This is no regular race, prepare and train to conquer the physical and mental challenge that will push you for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure experience on the Great Wall of China.


Steps In History

Featuring thousands of massive, steep, uneven steps you'll climb and descend. Guaranteed to make your legs burn as your traverse the historical Great Wall of China.


Rewarding Challenge

The challenge is well worth it as you will experience breathtaking panoramic views of the Great Wall, then crossing the finish line will be one of your greatest accomplishments!

Get Your Spot To Run The Great Wall

Plan your bucket list adventure.


Race Preview Videos

Previews the previous years race on the GREAT WALL of China.

2018 Preview
2017 Preview

Race Details

The 8th annual international Jinshanling Great Wall Marathon is a well-organized marathon event tailored to athletes and runners from around the world. Giving participants the required support to run the challenging race course on the historic Great Wall of China. Making for an amazing marathon adventure to check off your bucket list.


Race day is Sunday, April 12, 2020, race date TBA, read update for details.


Registration deadline is March 12, 2020.


  • 5:30 AM - Buses depart from Beijing
  • 8:30 AM - Opening ceremony
  • 9:30 AM - Race start
  • 16:00 PM - Awards ceremony
  • 17:00 PM - Bus departs to Beijing


All participants are picked up in the city of Beijing by bus and transported to the Jinshanling Great Wall Scenic Area.



Full Marathon
Half Marathon
10 Kilometers


  • Shuttle bus transportation
  • Official race shirt
  • Collectible finisher medal
  • Special award ceremony
  • Course aid-stations
  • Medical first-aid
  • Volunteer support
  • Finish line water & food
  • Event insurance
  • Race photos
  • A bucket list adventure

Great Wall Course + Facts

The scenery on the Jinshanling Great Wall is a sight that must be seen in person. However, to fully enjoy the experience you must be prepared for the challenging climbs and descents of the Great Wall's massive stairs. Study the maps and elevation profile, then train so you are physically and mentally prepared to conquer the Great Wall!

Run The Great Wall Photos

Race Entry

Entry details for the Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10K will be posted once the 2022 race has been set. 

Race Packages

The majority of international athletes and participants are traveling from abroad to Run The GREAT WALL of China. To make things simple and worry-free we have developed a few awesome race package options for participants.  Make your journey to Beijing, China and the Great Wall a true bucket list adventure.


Please note that event and travel package information here represents what is planned for the event. Locations, hotels, schedule, adjustments and changes may apply depending on conditions, availability, late participation entries, and improvements. The event strives to improve for the best experience.

Your Bucket List Adventure To Run
The Great Wall of China Awaits You!