Introducing the Organizers
From the creators of the original Great Wall Marathon in Huangyaguan, who have successfully organised the event for more than 15 years, comes a new running experience – the Great Hakka Marathon. Meet the people and organisations that have joined hands to create this exciting new race.
Participation of Mr. Dave CUNDY, Vice-President and Technical Director of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), ensures that the new race is managed on the highest quality level, and that it is up to international standards and requirements.
Chief organisers include Mr. Dave CUNDY (Race Director), Vice-President of AIMS, Mr. GUO Feng (Event Director), CEO of Culturestone Events, who have been organizing the Great Wall Marathon since 1999, Mr. Christopher DENNIS (Technical Director), one of the original organisers of the Great Wall Marathon and the Great Tibetan Marathon, and Mr. Oliver SEDLINGER (Director of PR & Communications), who has been active in travel-related Marketing Communications in China for 15 years.
With the extensive experience and track record of more than 20 years of travel management, as well as 14 years of organising successful marathon events in China, Culturestone Events and its international team of experts are very well prepared to provide a professional, attractive and convenient running experience at this new and exciting location.
Organizing a marathon requires a lot of know-how, experience and – most of all – reliable, professional and dedicated partners. We are proud to bring you this new marathon adventure in close co-operation with:
Make a difference
Our first priority is of course to organize an attractive, professional and convenient race and marathon event for our participants …which means you. Having said that, we also care very much about the local communities where our races are held, and aim to contribute to their livelihood and to the local and regional development, creating income and new opportunities for the locals.
Doesn’t it feel good to know that while you relish your run amidst the beautiful scenery and unique architecture, and you enjoy the hospitality of the local people, you can also give something back with literally every step you make?
Traditional Hakka inhabited areas in Fujian province are mainly located in the mountains, where the poor infrastructure and limited communication with the outside world makes people’s lives hard and challenging. Amongst other problems, elementary education nowadays is still at a stunning backward stage.
The Great Hakka Marathon therefore makes a clear committment to supporting the rural elementary education. Each year a part of the income generated from the race organization will be donated to a primary school in the area and published accordingly, so that our participations can join us in our efforts and see how they make a difference.