A walk along the Great Wall is near the top of every traveler’s bucket list. But few people ever get the chance to run it. The Great Wall Marathon is considered one of the most difficult on Earth. With more than 26 miles to traverse, this challenge is one for only the most dedicated runners.
The annual event offers three distances for runners — a marathon, half marathon and fun run — with each beginning at the Yin and Yang Square, Huanyaguang section of the Great Wall. It takes place on the third Saturday of May each year. While most of the race is run on asphalt, the trips up and down the steep steps see runners traversing brick, concrete, rock and other surfaces. Each participant will receive a medal upon passing the finish line, though only one can claim the top prize.
The marathon is timed, with runners expected to cross the finish line in less than eight hours. Those unable to accomplish this will be picked up and forced to ride to the end. Either way, you’ll be treated to some pretty incredible views in one of the world’s most awe-inspiring locales. If you think you’ve got what it takes to make it to the end, head over to the website and register for next year’s race.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Ireland is a gorgeous country with friendly citizens and lots of areas to explore. Many travelers stick to Dublin, Cork or Belfast when they visit, but there are many cute and charming towns in between these major cities that should not be ignored. The best way to see all these places is to rent a car and do a road trip through Ireland. This is a great way to make travel memories that are memorable and off the beaten path. Ireland is a safe and easy country to navigate, so it’s a perfect trip for firs- time travelers as well as more experienced travelers.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.