SUBSCRIBE TO CHINA
PICTORIAL
CHINA PICTORIAL MAGAZINES
  • Now
Running the Great Wall
Text and photographs by Zhang Wei

 

May 17, 2014: The 15th China Tianjin Huangyaguan Great Wall International Marathon kicks off at the Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass) section of the Great Wall in Jixian County, Tianjin, drawing over 2,500 runners from 50 countries.  Friends wear matching panda shirts.

“On your mark... Get set... Go!” On May 17, 2014, the 15th China Tianjin Huangyaguan Great Wall International Marathon kicked off at Huangyaguan (Yellow Cliff Pass) section of the Great Wall in Jixian County, Tianjin, drawing over 2,500 runners from 50 countries. Since its launch in 1999, 14 Great Wall Marathons have been held and sanctioned by the Association of International Marathons. The race is jointly sponsored by Tianjin Tourism Administration and Jixian County People’s Government.

Runners participated in three events, including the full marathon, a half marathon, and an 8.5km Fun Run. The full marathon has been classified as a wild route in line with international standards by the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Of the runners, the oldest was 76, and the youngest, five. Henrik Brandt from Denmark is the only runner who has participated in all 15 Great Wall Marathons since 1999. “I’ll continue running in every event in the future as a faithful fan,” he declared.

It was not all about competition. During the event, participants enjoyed the splendor of the ancient Great Wall as well as the beauty of various tiny villages along the way. 

High fives as a runner finishes.   Every participant who completes the race receives a souvenir medal.

 

 

Copyright by China Pictorial © 2000-2014 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.


Add:33 Chegongzhuang Xilu, Haidian District, Beijing 100048, China
Questions, Comments, or Suggestions? Please send to:
cnpictorial@gmail.com