THE GREAT HAKKA MARATHON

A boutique cross-country marathon held annually in scenic Nanjing County, close to the city of Xiamen, China. Organized by some of the original creators of the Great Wall Marathon, the Great Hakka Marathon features a similar event format with a marathon, half-marathon and a fun-run. The Great Hakka builds on organizing experience developed over the course of 15 years. Come join us for an amazing run!

A perfect and unique running experience

The Great Hakka features three distances on scenic tracks in beautiful Nanjing county:
a marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi, a half-marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi and a 8 km/4.97 mi Fun Run.

LOCATION

Yuchang Tulou,
Nanjing, Fujian, China

RACE DATE

Saturday,
November 25, 2017

RACE SCHEDULE

Start : 7 30 am
Ends: 2 30 pm

The Great Hakka Marathon 2017 starts on November 25 7:30 AM, which is in

2017/11/25 07:30:00

The Great Hakka Marathon 2016 Review

November 26, 2016 saw the third edition of the Great Hakka Marathon, held in scenic Nanjing County about 2.5 hours by car from the city of Xiamen, Fujianc Province, China.

More than 500 participants from 33 countries and regions, as well as hundreds of volunteers and thousands of locals along the race tracks took part in this boutique cross-country marathon event, held amidst the iconic Hakka Houses.

Most important: Despite the difficult weather conditions, all runners finished the demanding course safely and – judging from the feedback received during and after the race – they all had a good time and an gread race in Nanjing County.

On behalf of the whole organizing team and the locals, we would like to sincerely thank all participants for making the trip to Nanjing County, and for joining us in this celebration of sports, nature, culture and travel.

Your support and enthusiasm made this a very special event, and we are already looking forward to the fourth edition in 2017.

We will work hard to make it even better than this year, and we will follow-up and publish information here soon. You can also find us on Facebook and Wechat – we would be happy to hear from you and post your photos and stories.

All runners deserve plenty of praise for their achievements, but of course two of them stand out particularly – our two champions in the marathon category:

The new male champion is Carl Williams from the UK, who finished the track in 3:08:11. Tanya Diane Lee from New Zealand – our 2015 female champion – finished the race in 3:42:00 and won the female category again. It is for the first time in the history of the Great Hakka that a winner was able to repeat their victory!

Congratulations to both! The Great Hakka Marathon is a serious challenge even under easier weather conditions – and our two champions mastered the track the fastest!

Great Hakka Marathon Itinerary

Friday, 24 November 2017

Individual arrival at Xiamen. Bus transfers to the race area are available at designated meeting points in Xiamen. There will be 5 departures leaving at 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00.

The distance from Xiamen to the race site in Nanjing County is about 165 km, the transfer time will be 2.5 – 3 hours. Race packs will be given to runners on arrival day.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Breakfast at hotel/hostel.
06:00 Runners are shuttled to the starting area from their various hotels/hostels. 06:50 Arrival and individual preparation at the starting area.
07:00 Warm up.
07:10 Final race briefing. Marathon and half-marathon runners get ready to start.
07:20 Brief opening ceremony with official welcome speeches.
07:30 Start of the race for marathon, half-marathon and fun-run. Spectators are shuttled to the finishing area.
10:30 Lunch will be served at the finishing area.
From 12:30 onwards, the runners and spectators will be transferred back to their hotels/hostels for shower and rest.
14:30 The race is over.
18:00 Dinner at hotel.
19:00 Pick up transfers from the various hotels/hostels to the venue of the evening celebration. Free flow of beers and soft drinks.
21:00 Evening celebration ends. Those who still want to celebrate may stay and enjoy more drinks at their own cost.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Breakfast at hotel/hostel
09:00 Pick up transfer from various hotels/hostels to start the sightseeing at the famous World Cultural Heritage site Hakka’s House area.
11:00 Sightseeing tour ends, the transfers to Xiamen will be provided to all participants – stops in Xiamen will include airport, downtown and railway station.

PACKAGES & PRICES

Two nights stay, transfers to/from Xiamen, Celebration on Saturday, Sightseeing programme on Sunday

The full package allowing for time both to enjoy the race, celebrate the achievement with other runners at the Saturday evening celebration, as well as a visit to some of the most famous Hakka houses in the area on Sunday morning before the bus transfer back to Xiamen.

Runner:
CNY 1,850 in a 3-STAR HOTEL, single-room supplement CNY 369 per person.
CNY 1,650 in a LOCAL HOSTEL, single-room supplement CNY 236 per person.

Spectator:
CNY 1,150 in a 3-STAR HOTEL, single-room supplement CNY 369 per person.
CNY 950 in a LOCAL HOSTEL, single-room supplement CNY 236 per person.

  • Scheduled bus transfers from Xiamen City to Nanjing County on Friday.
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfast on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the starting area. Transfer from starting area to finishing area for spectators.
  • Personal starting slot in the race including race pack on Saturday – race pack includes race t-shirt, lunch on race-day, finisher medal. Race slot and pack not included for spectators.
  • Transfer from finishing area to the hotel.
  • Lunch-package at the finishing area, participation in the evening celebration on Saturday including dinner.
  • Brief sightseeing tour in the area on Sunday before transferring back to Xiamen.
  • Scheduled bus transfer from Nanjing County to Xiamen City on Sunday

Short stay package – one night accommodation, transfers to/from Xiamen. Breakfast and lunch on Saturday. 

Select this package if your time is limited or you have already visited the Hakka area before.

Runner:
CNY 1,300 in a 3-STAR HOTEL, single-room supplement CNY 185 per person.
CNY 1,150 in a LOCAL HOSTEL, single-room supplement CNY 130 per person.

Spectator:
CNY 550 in a 3-STAR HOTEL, single-room supplement CNY 185 per person.
CNY 450 in a LOCAL HOSTEL, single-room supplement CNY 130 per person.

 

  • Scheduled bus transfers from Xiamen City to Nanjing County on Friday.
  • Hotel accommodation including breakfast on Saturday.
  • Transfer from the hotel to the starting area. Transfer from starting area to finishing area for spectators.
  • Personal starting slot in the race including race pack on Saturday  – race pack includes race t-shirt, lunch on race-day, finisher medal. Race slot and pack not included for spectators.
  • Transfer from finishing area back to hotel with check-out before 15:00.
  • Scheduled bus transfer from Nanjing County to Xiamen City on Saturday with departure at 17:00.

Saturday race day only

The package for those with own transport.

Runner: CNY 700

  • Saturday race pack including race t-shirt, lunch on race- day and finisher medal.

The basic package includes no transfers, accommodation or meals – except lunch on race day. Participants on this package must arrange their own transport to/from the race venue. Please note: We will not be able to organize individual transfers on race-day.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the last day that I can sign-up for the Great Hakka Marathon?

The registration deadline for the 2016 race is October 25. Please be aware that after this date – provided there are still race slots available – extra charges for registration may apply.

Can my family or friends accompany me to the Great Hakka Marathon?

Yes. The Great Hakka Marathon welcomes family members or friends who wish to join the event as spectators in order to support the runners. For those spectators, Great Hakka Marathon offers special packages and rates. Please contact us here and lets us know your requirements.

How do I get to Nanjing County?

On Friday November 25, after your individual arrival to Xiamen City, we offer 5 scheduled bus transfers to Nanjing County. The transfer takes about 2.5 – 3 hours, and busses depart at 14:00, 16:00, 18:00, 20:00 and 22:00 from designated meetings points in Xiamen.

How will I get my race pack?

Participants of the Great Hakka Marathon will receive their race packs either by express mail delivery or can pick them up upon arriveal at Xiamen.

Are massages available at the Great Hakka Marathon?

Yes. During the Great Hakka Marathon massage services will be available at the race area.

What is the Great Hakka Marathon course like?

Simply put: Very scenic and diverse. Most of the race track is within a narrow elevation range, but there are some sections involving uphill running. This is especially true for the full-marathon distance, which includes a challenging uphill section towards the end of the race. The tracks cover many different surfaces, such as country tar roads, pebble/cobble roads, dirt roads. Overall, the Great Hakka provides for a wonderful scenic running experience, but the full-marathon track is challenging and should not be underestimated.

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