Rough terrain combined with climbs and uphill runs of more than 30 km make the Great Wall marathon one of the toughest marathons in the world. One of the runners, who had ran in a marathon on every continent (including the one in Antarctica), said that this was the most difficult marathon he had ever competed in.
Of the over 2,000 runners present at the beginning of the race, only 879 participated in the full marathon (26.2 miles). Among those, less than 500 were able to finish as many succumbed to exhaustion or were unable to finish within the time limit.
After more than six hours of pain and agony, it was finally time to savor the sweet taste of victory. (Josh, my running guru, and I at the finish line)
To check out the video of the 2011 Great Wall Marathon, click here.