FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Get answers to the questions most frequently asked about running the Shanhaiguan Great Wall Trail Race.
WHEN IS THE RACE?
The Shanhaiguan Great Wall Trail Race takes place on October 15-17,
2021 2022. Read the update here.
WHERE IS THE RACE?
The Shanhaiguan Great Wall Trail Race takes place in the Shanhaiguan District of Qinhuangdao (秦皇岛市), a port city on the coast of China in northern Hebei province where the Great Wall meets the ocean.
IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM THE OTHER GREAT WALL RACES?
Yes, there are multiple Great Wall endurance events that take place every year. Out of the other races that take place on the Great Wall, this race (Shanhaiguan Great Wall Trail Race) is known to be one of the only ones that feature ultramarathon distances (106K, 110K, & 70K) over a standard marathon distance.
Running on the Great Wall is already extremely challenging, but running up to 160K distance makes this the most challenging Great Wall endurance race in the world. Most runners will not be able to complete such a distance and will drop out, but those who do are able to finish the race will reach a unique and very rewarding milestone in their life.
Featuring the most varied terrain and course with sections of the wall in their original, crumbling condition which requires extra careful attention by participants as they traverse the ancient history of the Great Wall of China. Additional sections of the course take runners off the wall onto trails and pathways through the natural mountain and scenery surrounding the Great Wall. This gives runners new perspectives and a greater variety of scenery to enjoy
WHEN DOES REGISTRATION CLOSE?
Registration will close on September 15, 2021. Please be aware that the deadline to register is 1-month prior to the race date. race date. Due to continuous event planning and logistics, we are not able to accept registration entries after this date.
I’M THINKING ABOUT JOINING… WHAT’S INCLUDED?
- Official race shirt
- Finisher shirt (must run 160K or 110K)
- Race Towel (must run 70K or 42K)
- Collectible finisher medal
- Performance visor hat
- Race buff
- Chip timing
- Volunteer support
- Support at course aid-stations
- Medical first aid
- Finish line water & food
- Event insurance
- Special trophy for top finishers
- Shuttle bus transportation
- A bucket-list race experience!
WHAT ARE THE RACE RULES?
It is important that all participants understand and follow the race rules, please review for details.
WHAT ARE THE ELEGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS?
160K & 110K PARTICIPANTS
- Required to be in good health and be in a fit condition to participate
- Required to submit a certificate of achievement for one of the following:
- Completion of a 100K distance or more in an official competition within the last 2-years
- Completion of two full marathons (42K) within the last 2-years
- Required to be in good health and fit condition to participate
- Required to submit a certificate of achievement for a 50K or longer distance within the last 2-years
ARE THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
Yes. Due to the extreme challenge of the course, it is advised that participants are between the ages of 19 to 68.
ARE THERE ANY HEALTH REQUIREMENTS?
Yes, you must be in good health and be in a fit condition to participate in this challenging race. The organizing committee reserves the right to refuse entrants who are at risk of including those with heart disease, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, or other potential health risks. Drinking is forbidden for all participants before the race and smoking is forbidden at the Great Wall. Please respect the national park and do not litter at the environment.
Please be aware that there are COVID-19 health requirements for traveling to China and the race.
Please check your local Chinese Embassy website for up-to-date requirements.
WILL THERE BE AID-STATIONS ON THE COURSE?
Yes. There are multiple aid stations on the course ranging depending on which distance category you are running.
Study the Course page for details.
CAN I WEAR HEADPHONES?
For your safety and the safety of all participants, we do not recommend wearing headphones while running a race. However, if you do, we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level or only in one ear so you can hear other runners and instructions from event personnel. It is important for you to be aware of other people coming up behind you. The important thing is paying attention to everyone’s safety and maintaining good race etiquette with other runners.
CAN I DO PROMOTION AT THE RACE?
No. The race takes place on an international landmark in China. Participants are not allowed to have any activity or promote politics, religion, race, or human rights issues. Please respect the China requirements and laws.
DO I NEED A TRAVEL VISA?
Yes. A China travel visa is required for foreigners to enter the country. If you haven’t applied for your visa, we recommend that you do so right away. It is best to apply early rather than risk missing out.
When applying, be sure to provide in advance your flight itinerary and hotel details.
Almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different visa categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorized flight itinerary from your travel agent. This process takes about one to two weeks. Note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after entry. For more information please visit the Chinese Embassy website.
HOW WILL I GET THERE?
Participants will need to arrive at the port city of Qinhuangdao in the Shanhaiguan District in the Hebei province of China.
Located about 300 km due east of Beijing. Below are details for transportation methods.
Participants flying in will need to arrive at Qinhuangdao Beidaihe Airport (BPE, ZBDH). This airport is approximately a 90-minute drive to the Shanhaiguan District.
Participants traveling by train will want to arrive at the Shanhaiguan Railway Station. There are several high-speed train services daily running between Beijing train stations and Shanhaiguan. The First Pass Under Heaven is about 10-minute walk north of Shanhaiguan Train Station.
Public buses to the First Pass Under Heaven Tianxiadiyiguan (天下第一关): 13, 25, 33, 302
IS INSURANCE & PROTECTION PROVIDED?
Participants will need to purchase insurance on the day of the competition. It is recommended that contestants purchase annual accidental injury insurance to give themselves and their families peace of mind.
If you decide to join, we provide the following:
- Professional rescue agencies, medical runners, and team collection
- Emergency vehicles for competitions along the way (this event will only provide necessary emergency medical care during the race, and it is not covered by the participants’ own illnesses; the public accident insurance only covers injuries suffered due to accidents during the race)
- 200+ volunteers on the course to provide services to the runners, all of whom are senior travel friends and outdoor enthusiasts with many years of outdoor experience
WHAT TYPE OF WEATHER IS EXPECTED?
October begins the fall season in Qinhuangdao China. The typical weather is cool mornings with warming during the day. Expect temperatures ranging from 10ºC-18ºC (45ºF-65ºF) with about a 10% chance of precipitation. We recommend checking the weather forecast a week before the race so you can plan to dress appropriately.
WILL THE RACE BE CANCELED DUE TO RAIN?
No, the race will be held rain or shine. However, in the event of extreme weather and force majeure, the organizing committee will promptly terminate the competition.
WHEN SHOULD I ARRIVE?
The event takes place over 2-days with check-in on the day before. Plan to arrive at least 1-2 days before your start day to allow for travel and lodging time. Please review the schedule page for specific details.
On the day of the race: Please arrive 4 hours before race start time. Please make sure that you have enough time to check-in and allow for shuttle transportation time.
 CHECK-IN LOCATION
The check-in will be located at Shanhaiguan Pass, famously known as The First Pass Under Heaven, a UNESCO World Heritage-Cultural Site.
 BIB PICK-UP
Bib pick-up will be located at The First Pass Under Heaven. Once checked in, runners will board a shuttle bus to the start line.
 SHUTTLE TO STARTLINE
There will be a shuttle bus at The First Pass Under Heaven to the race starting point of 4-hours before each distance group.
STARTING LOCATIONS & TIMES
📍Starting point is Bingtangyu (冰塘峪)
10/14/2022 08:00AM – 10/17/2021 14:00PM (2-DAY RACE)
📍 Starting point is Tiannv Town (天女小镇)
10/15/2022 08:00AM – 10/17/2021 14:00PM (FINISH NEXT DAY)
📍 Starting point is Tiannv Town (天女小镇)
10/15/2022 08:00AM – 10/17/2021 8:00AM (FINISH NEXT DAY)
📍 Starting point at the Ninth Gate (九门口)
10/15/2022 08:00AM – 20:00PM (SAME DAY RACE)
The Shanhaiguan Great Wall Trail Race is trying to be as green as possible to have minimal environmental waste. We do not provide cups at events, so please make sure that you pack a personal water bottle or hydration pack for the race. You can refill water along the course stations. Below you will find a list of recommended items for running the race:
- Minimum 1.5-liter water bottle or hydration pack
- 1000 calories + of emergency food (i.e, gels, energy bars)
- Personal cell phone
- Course map or electronic map downloaded to phone
- Trail running shoes
- Running hat, visor, sunglasses
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Personal medicine/salt capsules
- First aid-kit, elastic bandages
- Garmin/GPS tracking
- Camera (optional)
- Mind of a champion!
- Recovery drink (we highly recommend coconut water!)
- Food or snacks to refueling
- Change of clothes
Please review the race rules for any additional mandatory required items.
Runners must meet the following cut-off time limits to finish the race for the race and stations:
- 160K – 48-hours（14th 14:00-16th 14:00）
- 110K – 30-hours（15th 8:00-16th 14:00）
- 70K – 24-hours （15th 8:00-16th 8:00）
- 42K – 12-hours （15th 8:00-15th 20:00）
View the Course page for details on station cut-off time requirements.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS (CHECKLIST)
Currently, China requires proof of dual-negative COVID-19 test results for a Health Declaration Certificate (HDC) QR code before boarding any plane to China. The tests must be completed no more than 48-hours prior to departure and submitted to the local Chinese embassy or consulate.
As you prepare for your trip to China, it is very important to consult your doctor regarding your general health to participate in endurance activities and any vaccinations you may need.
It is also important to check with the China embassy and your local travel requirements to verify if vaccination and certified test results are required for travel.
Vaccinations should be obtained from your own physician. If the race gives information about vaccination measures or other medical information, this should be considered as a service that is under no medical liability.
Participants must be able to document the fulfillment of vaccination requirements by presenting the International Certificate of Vaccination.
Please be advised that vaccination and testing requirements are the customer’s responsibility.
Additionally, there may be quarantine requirements upon arriving in China. Requirements are being updated regularly as we progress through the pandemic.
Please check your local Chinese Embassy website for up-to-date requirements.
- All finishers will receive an official finisher medal.
- The top 3 finishers of each race will be presented on-site and receive the following cash awards (RMB/pre-tax):
|Finish Place Prize||42K||70K||110K||160K|
This race is an ITRA, UTMB point certification event, and all participants who finish the race will get corresponding points.
Points are as follows:
- 160K- 6 points
- 110K- 5 points
- 70K- 3 points
- 42K – 2 points
CAN I CHANGE MY RACE DISTANCE?
Yes. Distance change requests are available, the cut-off for all changes is 1-month before the race. Submit change request from the contact page.
I CAN’T MAKE IT, CAN I TRANSFER MY ENTRY?
The deadline to cancel an entry is August 31, 2021, 50% of fees will be refunded to anyone that submits a cancellation request before this deadline. After September 1, 2021, no refunds are available and entries are non-transferable. Packet pick-up must match entry name and ID. No exceptions. Due to race logistics and planning, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate.
Please submit a cancellation request from the contact page.
CAN I APPEAL RACE RESULTS?
Anyone who disagrees with the results of the competition, the referee’s judgment, and the qualifications of the contestants, and submits an appeal, must submit a written appeal report to the Arbitration Committee of the Organizing Committee and an appeal fee of ¥500 yuan (~$78.24 USD) to be accepted; if the case is won, the full amount of ¥500 yuan (~$78.24 USD) will be accepted. return.
Appeals must be made before or during the announcement of the competition results, and will no longer be accepted after the announcement.
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