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The Great Wall Marathon China 2020

The Great Wall Marathon, ½ Marathon and 8.5K Fun Run will celebrate its 21st anniversary on May 16, 2020.

We hope you choose to be part of this fantastic event! Marlin Travel is the official Canadian Travel Agent Partner for this event and has sent hundreds of runners to China.

We offer an Early Booking Discount of $50.00 USD per person for Entry/Supporter applications received by December 1, 2019.

This demanding course covers over 3,700 steps on the Great Wall at Huangyaguan and includes steep up and down portions. Over 6 kilometers of the full marathon is run on the Wall. All other races are on the wall for about 3km. Most of the course runs through the small farmlands and villages of Tianjin Province. Many runners/walkers opt to carry a camera during their event and not be concerned about their finish time. For many, this is an experience of a lifetime, not a race


Attached are PDF files containing information on the Great Wall Marathon Events.


  1. Official Entry Form.  This must be completed and returned to me in order to confirm participation in the Marathon, ½ Marathon or 8.5k Fun Run. Spectators must also complete this form and there is no reduction on package cost for non-runners. 
  2. Payment and Insurance Form. To be completed and returned with your Official Entry Form. 
  3. Itinerary #1 Daily Schedule. 5 nights/6 days. This itinerary features 3 nights in Jixian (near the Marathon start) and then 2 nights in Beijing after the race. It is a nice itinerary for those who do not have a lot of time to spend in China and is quite economical. Arrival Transfers are included in this package (at set times). 
  4. Itinerary #1 Prices. Note: Pricing is in US Dollars.  There are 3 hotel types to choose from, ranging from Standard to Deluxe. 
  5. Itinerary #2 Daily Schedule. This itinerary is 6 nights/7 days and is more comprehensive than Itinerary #1.  The entire stay is in Beijing instead of switching hotels as in Itinerary #1.  Arrival Transfers are included in this package (at set times). 
  6. Itinerary #2 Prices.  Note: Pricing is in US Dollars.  There are 3 hotel types to choose from, ranging from Standard to Deluxe. 
  7. Runners Exclusion of Liability; must be read and understood by all participants. 
  8. Extension Tours. A great variety of tours for after the Great Wall Events. Explore China with tours organized by the Marathon staff.


Arrival transfers from the airport are included with both packages.  Departure transfers may be purchased for $50.00 USD per person. Taxi service is also available, but we recommend you have the name & address of your hotel/destination written in Mandarin in case the driver does not speak English/French.

Prices for additional Hotel nights are listed in the above price files for those who wish to arrive earlier or stay longer in Beijing.  

Optional Tours: Each itinerary offers several optional tours that take place during the duration of the package. We recommend you book these tours in advance as they do fill up quickly.

In order to confirm your participation, please return a completed Official Entry form and Payment and Insurance Form for each person to Elaine.tomiszer@marlintravel.ca

Flights are not included, please send me your dates and departure city if you would like a quote.

All participants must have a valid Canadian Passport and must also obtain a China Visitor’s Visa. Visa’s can only be issued within 3 months of your visit to China. We will supply you with all documentation to support your Visa application (Applying for the Visa is your responsibility). Note: As of this date (Sept 2019), all Canadian applicants for a China Visitor’s Visa must be fingerprinted in person at a China Visa Application Service Centre. For more info please visit: http://ca.chineseembassy.org/eng/lsyw/gzrz/vusa/t1692671.htm


Click here for prices of itinerary 1

Click here for prices of itinerary 2

Click here for official entry form

Click here for itinerary # 1

Click here for itinerary # 2

Click here for extension tours

Click here for Runners exclusion liability

Click here for payment and insurance form


For more information on registration, packages, and extensions, please contact Elaine Tomiszer at 905-377-0997 or email: elaine.tomiszer@marlintravel.ca

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