Our Team at Conquer the Wall Marathon was started with the dream of allowing international and Chinese runners the opportunity to run/experience as much of the Great Wall of China as possible. There are many Great Wall marathons to choose from. “Conquer the Wall” has zero road sections and spends more than 90% of the event running on the wall. It is organized by North American ultrarunners. We try to bring some of the US conveniences and flavor in hopes of making your race experience the best possible. This is our 3rd year putting on this event, and 2nd time in Jinshanling. After the conclusion, please let us know the good, bad and ugly. We would like to see this race grow. We think it is the best marathon available on the Great Wall.
Terry | Race Director
My intense love for running and goal oriented personality has taken me a lot of directions since I started running in 1999 at the age of 35. I have run in almost every type of race, 5k, marathon, ultra marathon, relay races, and triathlons. I have directed dozens of very small to medium sized races, as well as helped in every aspect of starting races and managing races.
I’m always looking for new and exciting events that I think people will love. The places in the Pacific Northwest are really spectacular, and I want to share them with as many people as I can. So, if you enjoy beautiful sights, great runs, come out to one of our events.
I have been fortunate to have finished 138 marathons, 80 ultra marathons, (25) 100-mile races and placed in the Top 10 at Badwater 135 miler. You can read more about Terry here on his website.
Delores | Registration Coordinator
Growing up I was a pretty active kid. I enjoyed every sort of activity I did, and I tried quite a few. It wasn’t always easy for me though, because I was born with Cerebral Palsy. Yet, even though my right leg is a bit shorter than my left, and I have very little control of my right hand, I don’t let it keep me down. I always strive to do what anyone else can. Most people don’t even notice my CP when they meet me. I’m pretty proud of that.
I didn’t start my running career until after my children were fully grown. I just didn’t have the time to take care of them and run before that point. When I started out I couldn’t do much, yet that first 5k I did was exhilarating. Now I’ve been running half marathons and 25k’s and loving every minute of them. I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of not only running but helping out at races, seeing people who’re doing their first run and cheering them on. I know that I take pride in our events because we encourage every sort of person to run. One of my favorite memories of an event was when there were about 30 people waiting for an 80-year-old woman to finish. She was the last person to come in, and when she did everyone was cheering and clapping for her. The community around these events always makes me glad that I’m a part of it.
With regards to that community, right now I’m the current president of Skagit Runners. I help out with many, if not most, of the races in Skagit County, some in other counties, so if you see me at one of the events, come say hi. I enjoy meeting new people, especially those who’re just starting their running career. You can read more about Delores on her website.
Mosi | Course Management
Mosi is a certified coach through USA Track & Field and the Road Runners Club of America and was the assistant coach of the U.S. Naval Academy Marathon Team. Here is his Mental Preparation to help condition your body to be in shape for running of Conquer the Wall Marathon.
Ken | Photographer
Born in the Seattle area, I was exposed to all the wonders of the great Pacific Northwest. Swimming, camping, water skiing in the summer. Mountains, snow and skiing in the winter. In high school, I was in the Photography Club. In the late 1980s I started to gain interest again in photography when I purchased my first 35MM SLR, the Ricoh XR-P. It was a great camera and advanced for its time. I mostly took pictures of my kids, people, places, and cars back then. Since then, I’ve owned and used a Nikon F3 HP, F3 P, FA, F5, FM 2, D700, Coolpix P7700, D750, Df, and D810, and my iPhone 7 Plus. My current interests are still mostly traveling, places, people, and of course my kids. My website was created to share my travels, blog, and photos throughout the world. There you will find pictures from China, South Korea, Sweden, Thailand, USA, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Vietnam, and Sri Lanka. I love to capture all the great moments of the Conquer the Wall Marathon.