The Great Wall Marathon vs. The Great Wall of China Marathon
2012-05-10 15:49:31 m.cri.cn Web Editor: Duanxuelian
Runners descend the wall at the Huangyaguan Great Wall Marathon. Photo taken by William Wang for CRI, May, 2012.
by William Wang
Much to the confusion of many runners, Beijing is the jump off point for two totally separate Great Wall races, with almost identical names. One is quite a small race, which covers the Jinshanling Great Wall, and later in the month is the larger race on the more distant Huangyaguan Great Wall. Both races are very enjoyable and have their own pros and cons.
The Great Wall Marathon (GWM) is the larger of the two, having started up in 2007, and growing in size each year. This year, over 400 runners are registered (which is actually overcapacity).
In comparison, the Great Wall of China Marathon (GWCM) had a smaller total of 170 runners this year, though it is the elder brother by five years. The smaller size makes for a more relaxed atmosphere, though it's clear that with the lower price point, less is offered.1 2 3 4