5,164 steps into history : Great Wall of China Marathon May 2016
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Great Wall of China Marathon 2016
Great Wall of China Marathon 2016 : The Great Wall is one of the largest building construction projects ever completed. It stretches across the mountains of northern China, winding north and northwest of Beijing. It is constructed of masonry, rocks and packed-earth. It was over 5,000 km (=10,000 Li) long. Its thickness ranged from about 4.5 to 9 meters (15 to 30 feet) and was up to 7.5 meters (25 feet) tall.
During the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), the Great Wall was enlarged to 6,400 kilometers (4,000 miles) and renovated over a 200 year period, with watch-towers and cannons added.
The Great Wall Marathon is widely considered one of the world’s most challenging marathons.
The Great Wall of China stretches more than 5,000 miles through northern China. China’s first emperor, Qin, began constructing the wall in the 3rd century BC.
Clothing and weather : The weather in May is hot and humid with temperatures reaching highs of around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).
Cut-off times: The cut off time is 8 hours. All runners with a net finishing time slower than 8 hours will receive a FNT (Finished No Time)
Date: The Great Wall Marathon takes place on the third Saturday in May every year. The next Great Wall Marathon will take place on 21 May 2016.
Distance : The Great Wall Marathon features three distances: a full marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi, a half marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi and a 8.5km/5.5mi Fun Run – a non-competitive run on the wall.
Eligibility: Full marathon runners must be minimum 18 years old on race day. Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old. Fun Run participants must be at least 12 years old on race day. Fun Run participants under the age of 12 are also welcome as long as they are accompanied by a runner aged 16 or above.
All three distances start and finish at the Yin and Yang Square, at the fortress at the Huanyaguang section of the Great Wall, Tianjin province. The race will start in waves with intervals of ten minutes. You will be assigned to a wave based on the running time you provided on the entry form. You must start in the wave to which you have been assigned. Runners who are assigned to separate waves but want to start together may do so by going to the wave corresponding to the higher number. Fun Run participants will start in the last wave. Final details about number of waves and start times will be announced in the runner’s guidebook that will be handed out upon arrival in Beijing.
The finish line for all distances is located at the centre of the Yin and Yang Square. All runners will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Results will be posted at Yin and Yang Square during the race. Final results will be published here. Lunch will be served at the designated area. A limited number of cold showers are available in the neighbouring courtyard of the Yin and Yang Square. Please bring your own towel if you want to shower before heading back to Beijing. A massage service is available at the entrance of the Yin and Yang Square. Your entry ticket is valid for one free massage. Coaches back to Beijing will depart from the bus parking lot from 12:00-16:30. The coaches will only leave when full.