Some Basic Info for Preparing and Running the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,2024(March 25,2024)

1. Easy Flights and Visa to China:
International flight connections between China and various destinations worldwide are expanding every week. For instance, starting from March 31, 2024, Air China will introduce new flights connecting Beijing to Stockholm, Budapest, Athens, Geneva, and Barcelona. Additionally, as of April 1st, Air China will increase its flights between Beijing and Vienna as well as Copenhagen. Furthermore, beginning April 2nd, Hainan Airlines will increase its flights between Beijing and Dublin. Moreover, from April 16 onwards, there will be additional flights connecting Beijing to Riyadh.

Starting from March 14, 2024, individuals from Switzerland, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Brunei, Hungary, Australia, Belgium, and Luxembourg have the privilege to travel to China without the need for a visa. It is evident that the number of flights between these countries and China is steadily rising. Notably, France is currently among the most active nations in terms of expanding flight connections with China.

International flight hubs around China include Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Singapore, as well as some cities in the Middle East. Consequently, there is a higher number of transit flights connecting these cities with China.

As of March 23, 2024, over 89 global airlines are facilitating flights that connect various destinations worldwide with China. further more, starting from March 31, 2024, there will be an increase in the number of flights between China and the United States, with a total of 100 flights scheduled every week.

Visitors from 46 different countries have the opportunity to participate in the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon in Beijing on May 1st, 2024, using a convenient 144-hour transit visa. Additionally, international flight tickets to Beijing are reasonably priced. And now you can also find the cheap flight options connecting China with your country through Thailand and the Philippines.

We have already assisted a considerable number of international runners in obtaining their visas to China very smoothly for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st, 2024. We will continue to provide this assistance to runners from all over the world till the end of April 2024.

2. Elderly Participants:
Those born in 1964 will reach the age of 60 this year, and during the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st, 2024, special considerations will be made for participants aged 60 and above, including introducing age-based rankings for the first time! As of now, the oldest participant registered for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st, 2024 is a 75-year-old from the USA!

3. Repeat Marathoners:
At least, 5 participants who completed the Great Wall of China Marathon in 2023 will return for the 2024 race, with one of them having completed the marathon over 10 times since 2011. These dedicated runners will be honorably introduced on race day! Additionally, some of them will continue on to participate in the Roof of the World Marathon 2024, starting from May 2nd, 2024!

4. Event Schedule:
Registered participants can collect their race bags from 9AM to 6PM on April 30, 2024, at the 4-star Mercure Hotel Beijing Zhongguancun. Limousine buses will depart from the official hotel at 5:30AM on May 1st, 2024, transporting all registered runners and spectators to the Great Wall. The buses are expected to arrive at the Great Wall around 7AM, where participants can store their belongings, change clothes, warm up, and prepare for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon 2024, which will commence at 8AM on May 1st, 2024. After the race, the buses will transport all runners and spectators back to the official hotel. Starting this month, the 5-star Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing has been added as a new official hotel, and transportation arrangements are being made for participants staying overnight at this hotel. The distance between the two official hotels is less than 2K.

Mercure Hotel Beijing Zhongguancun(kX关X)
Address: No.31 Zhongguancunnandajie,Haidian District,Beijing,China 100081(kC撆关X31j

Hotel Nikko New Century Beijing(kV纪q饭X)
Address:No.6 Southern Road Capital Gym Haidian District, Beijing 100044(kCs̈馆H6j

5.How to choose your distance to run?
When deciding on the distance to run, it is important to consider your normal marathon time.
For instance, if you typically finish a marathon in 4 hours, it may take you 7 hours or more to complete. The fastest runners usually finish the marathon in over 5 hours, with an estimated normal marathon time of around 2 hours and 30 minutes to 3 hours. The average finishing time for a marathon is 7 hours and 30 minutes.
2)Half marathon:
If your normal marathon time exceeds 6 hours, it is recommended to opt for a half marathon instead, where the average finishing time is around 4 hours.
3)10K and 5K:
For 10K races, the average time is 2 hours and 30 minutes, while 5K races have an average finishing time of 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Regardless of the distance chosen, there is a 10-hour time limit for all runners. Some participants may not be concerned with their finishing time and prefer to run at their own pace, and taking beautiful photos along the way.

6.Course Map and Elevation:

In the past 22 years,we have already used the 6 different sections of the Great Wall for the Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,this year,we still use the Great Wall that we used at the Great Wall of China Marathon 2018-Autumn,and Here is the basic information we released in 2018 that you need to know and prepare for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,2024.



Thank you all very much,the world runners,for your warm support every day! We also thank all the world runners,who have registered and who will register to run the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,2024!

Registration links:

The 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon 2024
Date: May 1st,2023




Beijing:Optional Tours for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,2024 

Useful:The Total Registration List of the Great Wall of China Marathon/the Roof of the World Marathon in 2024 

Tibet:The Optional Tours for the 23rd Great Wall of China Marathon on May 1st,2024


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