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.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
As solo travel becomes more and more popular, introverts may wonder if the seemingly courageous act is one they would enjoy. The truth is introverts aren’t necessarily shy or anti-social, but they gain energy from their alone time and often need quiet in order to recharge. So long as there are opportunities for such solo moments, a solo trip can be an introvert’s dream vacation. Here are a few ways to make the most of a solo trip as an introvert.