Full Marathon

Course map - Full marathon

THE RED LOOP – X2

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 24 (ET24).

Turn around and run back to ET20, where you leave the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again and run west from ET20 all the way back (passing the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area) to West Tower 7 (WT07). Turn around & go back to the start tower.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Red Loop. Run this loop a second time, then start the Blue loops.

THE BLUE LOOP – X4

From the Start Tower, (which overlooks the start/finish line) run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 13 (ET13).

After running through ET13 take the exit steps to the right, off the wall and onto the Old Horse Track (now a paved set of steps).

Run back down the mountain to where the Old Horse Track meets the entrance road. Turn left and run to the finish line.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Blue Loop. Run this loop 3 more times and your marathon is done.

Course map - Full marathon elevation

Half Marathon

THE RED LOOP – X2

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 20 (ET20).

Turn off the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again and run west from ET20 all the way back (passing the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area) to West Tower 7 (WT07). Turn around & go back to the start tower.

Congratulations, you have run 1 full Red Loop. Run this loop a second time, then start the Blue loop.

THE BLUE LOOP – X1

Make your way down to the main square, where the Start/Finish area is located.

Run north along the entrance road, past the Ticket booth and the Jinshan Hotel. Your turn around point is located in the Main Car Park area.

From the car park run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment!!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China Half Marathon.

Course map - Half marathon elevation

10K

Course map - 10K

THE RED LOOP – X1

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 20 (ET20).

Turn off the wall for a side trip down the mountain to the Visitors Centre and back.

Hit the wall again, running west from ET20 all the way back to the tower that overlooks the Start/finish area. Make your way down to the main square, where the Start/Finish area is located.

Run north along the entrance road, to the turn around the area which is situated at the Camp Site of the Golden Mountain.

From here, run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment !!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China 10km.

Course map - 10K elevation

5K

Course map - 5K

THE BLUE LOOP – X1

From the start line, climb the stairs up onto the Great Wall, then run east through the Guard Towers, arriving at East Tower 13 (ET13).

Turn off the wall and run down the old horse track to the Entrance area.

Turn right and run to the turn around point near the Jinshan Hotel.

From the turn around point run back to the finish line – but be warned, this last short distance is on a slight uphill gradient – so save your sprint right to the very last moment!!

Congratulations, you have now completed the Great Wall of China 5km race.

Course map - 5K elevation

Track Elevation

Overall the Great Wall of China running course varies in height by around 200m (about 650feet) between the start line and the highest point at East Tower 20.

Stone guard towers are spread along the length of the wall, each some 200m to 300m apart. Stone steps and walkways, following the up and down contours of the ground, connect the towers.

The effect this creates for runners is similar to interval training, with an effort required to climb up, followed by a recovery period coming down. Regular training on steps as part of your preparations for the Great Wall is highly recommended.

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