Introducing the race

The Great Hakka Marathon is a boutique cross-country marathon race that offers marathon, half-marathon and fun-run tracks. It builds on organising experience of more than 15 years, and takes place in one of the most scenic and culturally most interesting areas of China. The Great Hakka offers an extremely pleasant running experience, but it also represents a serious athletic challenge – especially the full-marathon track is not to be taken lightly.

Runners Info

Kilometre and road signs are placed along the route. The signs are colour coded according to the distance they represent. The signs will also indicate the equivalent distance in miles. Timing mats will be placed at certain points on route to ensure that all runners complete the distance they are registered for.

The Great Hakka Marathon features three distances: a marathon – 42.195km/26.2mi, a half marathon – 21.1km/13.1mi and a 9.5 km/5.9 mi Fun Run.

There is no prize money. All finishers receive a medal. Trophies are given to the top three finishers of the full and half marathon distances for men and women.

There will be water stations at approximately every 4 kilometres along the route. Some stations will also serve energy drinks and bananas. All stations provide bottled water.

There is medical support at both start and finish lines as well as along the course. Ambulances are stationed on the course and finish line. All treatment will be provided by licensed professionals. English speaking doctors will be available.

The race officials reserve the right to change the course and other aspects of the race without advance notice. Please note that all decisions made by the race officials and/or medical team are final.

Bag storage is available at the race start. Do not check anything valuable or fragile in your bag as the Great Hakka Marathon is not liable for any loss or

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 2015 Review

November 21, 2015 saw the second edition of the Great Hakka Marathon, held in scenic Nanjing County about 3 hours from the city of Xiamen, Fujianc Province, China.

More than 380 participants from 30 countries and regions, as well as hundreds of volunteers and thousands of locals along the race tracks, took part in this cross-country marathon event amidst the iconic Hakka Houses.

Most important: All runners finished the demanding course safely and – judging from the excellent feedback received during and after the race – they all had a good time and an amazing 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 third edition in 2016.

We will work hard to make it even better than this year, and we will follow-up and publish information here soon.

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

The new male titleholder is Mr. Ye Wei from China, who finished the track in 2:51:09 and broke last year’s record by nearly 20 minutes in the process.

Mrs. Tanya Diane Lee from New Zealand finished the race in 4:04:36, and is our new female champion.

Congratulations to both – the Great Hakka Marathon is a serious challenge – and our two champions mastered the track the fastest!

Results 2015

Congratulations to all participants – well done all of you!

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

The new male titleholder is Mr. Ye Wei from China, who finished the track in 2:51:09 and broke last year’s record by nearly 20 minutes in the process.

Mrs. Tanya Diane Lee from New Zealand finished the race in 4:04:36, and is our new female champion.

Congratulations also to our new champions on the half-marathon distance. The new male champion is Mr. Lajos Budai from Hungary who finished in 1:31:18, and our new female champion is Mrs. Elena Hodieux from France, who mastered the track in 1:41:27.

The winners of this year’s extended fun-run distance are Mr. Matthieu Fricou from France, who finished the track in 00:49:07, and Mrs. Cecile Vivien Galacteros from France, who finished in 00:50:11.

Race certificate and photos can be found at http://www.marathon-photos.com using your BIB or name.

Thank you for joining the Great Hakka and making this such a special event.

Podcast interviews with the 2014 champions

In November 2014, we celebrated our very first winners… meet the reigning champions in our podcast interviews, and hear what they have to say.

Mr. Zhao Ziyu from China finished first in the male category in 3:13:03, and Mrs. Mari Kauri from Finland finished first in the female category in 3:54:09. Both made history by setting the very first records and benchmarks for this race.

Below you find two podcasts featuring interviews with our reigning champions Mr. Zhao and Mrs. Kauri.

During the interviews, they reveal their experience with the location and the track, and tell us what makes the Great Hakka special. Also, if you want to learn from the pros – Mr. Zhao and Mrs. Kauri share their first-hand tips for fellow runners who plan to race the GHM.

We would like to thank Mr. Zhao and Mrs. Kauri for their participation in the Great Hakka Marathon and for taking the interviews.

Interviews courtesy Mr. Wolfgang Kuhn, an international journalist and writer based in Beijing.

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