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Extreme marathons in very challenging circumstances

I have done an article on some of the most far-flung marathons once before – but not for a couple of years, September 2009 to be exact; so I thought it was about time that I reminded you about Adventure Marathons and their first marathon this year: The Great Wall Marathon which is due to start on 15th May.

1,952 runners have already signed up to take part in the Great Wall Marathon. This, needless to say, is in China! It’s not exactly an ultra-marathon but when you consider that it includes 5,164 steps, I think you’ll agree with me that it is fairly extreme! “It is a tough, beautiful and definitely extraordinary experience which will put your physique to the test,” say event organisers Adventure Marathons. “It was the most awesome experience I’ve ever had!!! It’s definitely an extreme marathon. My advice is, if you are planning on doing this, read all the blogs and follow their advice. I didn’t (follow advice totally) and I kind of suffered! However…….I’d do it again in a minute,” says one enthusiastic participant.

A brief look at The Great Wall Marathon

The Great Wall Marathon is set in the beautiful surroundings of Tianjin Province – a whole new country to explore and a marathon thrown in for good measure. How can you resist the temptation?

The course can be divided into two sections:

  • The first section covers approximately 9 kilometres takes the runners up to, across and down the Great Wall of China. This part of the course is marked by steep ascents and descents of up to 10% and consists of thousands of steps. Runners are advised to run slowly going up and down the mountain, as well as to walk when passing the steepest parts of the Great Wall. Full marathoners will complete this section of the course twice, whereas half marathoners will only pass it once.
  • The second section of the course, which takes the runners through picturesque villages and rice fields, is done on flat asphalt and gravel roads. All roads are in good condition and do not require special footwear. Full marathoners should be aware that there will be a long ascent on the route. This ascent may seem easy compared to the road leading to the Great Wall section, but after running approximately 21 kilometres it may come as an unpleasant surprise.

Only 48 places including the full tour package are left, so if you‘re interested and haven‘t registered, don‘t wait too long, go to their registration site NOW!

A grueling exercise – is this the most difficult marathon?

Aiie aiie aiie – how your bones must ache after that ankle twisting 26.2 miles!

I think this must be undeniably one of the most difficult marathons in the world…

Remember, only 48 places left…

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3 Responses to “Extreme marathons in very challenging circumstances”

  1. gogogasti
    2012 | 14 June at 18:09 #

    These are awesome! We just filmed one that also deserves mentioning because it’s totally badass: the Everest Marathon!

    Check out the video for some inspiration:

    • lolajones
      2012 | 14 June at 18:52 #

      Thanks, I certainly will…. with a bit of luck tomorrow!


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