Frequently Asked Questions

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Our team has collected a list of frequently asked questions about the Great Wall Marathon. If you don’t find your question listed below, then feel free to contact us.

Dates
The Great Wall Marathon takes place on the third Saturday in May every year.
Registration Deadline
The deadline is March 1st. However the Great Wall Marathon registration may end before March 1st as we operate with a limited number of expat runners. It is advisable to register as early as possible. The registrations come after the deadline (March 1) are subject to a compulsory late booking fee according to the late booking policy if we still have spots.
Distances

The Great Wall Marathon features three distances:
Full marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi
Half marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi
Fun Run – 8.5km – a non-competitive run also on the Great Wall

What will the weather be like?
In recent years, the weather during The Great Wall Marathon has been somewhat unpredictable, varying from a low of 16°C/61°F to a high of 35°C/95°F. On average, the temperature is around 25°C/77°F. Rain is unusual during the race, but can occur. Be prepared for high humidity.
What type of running gear should be bring?
Wear normal running shoes. shorts and a light colored running sing let. On your head, do not wear a baseball cap (as it builds up a lot heat on your head)but a shade is very recommendable. Wear sunscreen with high factors, as the Chinese sun is potent.
What is the Cut-off time for the race?

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) on the result list.
At 14:00 (6 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the gate leading to the wall will be closed. Marathon runners who have not reached the gate at this time will not be allowed to finish.
At 16:00 (8 hours after the last runner in wave 4 has crossed the start line) the Great Wall Marathon ends.
Runners still on the route will be picked up by a race official car and taken to the finish area.

How to get the race packs?
We will arrange courier delivery(by SF Express) for the race pack in April. Please provide us receiver name , contact address and phone number. We prefer office address with Chinese speaking helper which is easier for the courier man.
When can I get the confirmation?
You will be confirmed by service voucher in one week once the full payment and entry form with necessary documents are received before the deadline. If you booked any extra service such as transfers and accommodations with us , we will send you a separate voucher for the extra service in mid-April.
Where is luggage kept during the race?
There is temporary luggage storage for runners near the start area. Please mark your bag with the baggage tag. The baggage storage will be manned throughout the whole day. The GWM organization cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of any personal belongings and valuables.
Can GWM office help book accommodation?
Yes. We can help book the hotel in Beijing or local hotel/hostel in race site. Please email us for details.
Can GWM office help book transfer?
Yes. We can help book different vehicles at reasonable prices. Please email us for details.
Where is the race start/finish?
All distances start and finish at Yin & Yang Square.
How to get the GWM Finisher Certificate/photos?

After the race , visit the Marathon Photos website to download your Finisher Certificate (free of charge) and to purchase photos and DVDs from Race Day.
Here is the link: www.marathon-photos.com

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Contact Information

The Great Wall Marathon Head Office,

Culturestone Event Co. Ltd.
Address: 1209 unit3 Building 40,
Shouyishangcheng, Xingfeng Street,
Daxing District, Beijing. PRC
Tel: (8610)-63552521 / 68512395 
Fax: (8610)-63552521 
E-mail: gwm_booking@263.net.cn