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Great Hakka Marathon

From the organisers of the Great Wall Marathon comes a new exciting running experience - the Great Hakka Marathon. The event takes place among century old Hakka roundhouses, close to the city of Xiamen in Nanning Country (Fujian Province).

Situated 2hrs by car from Xiamen, you will experience perfect air quality, century old folk traditions and unspoiled landscape, making it an ideal location for a marathon. For runners who want to leave the the hustle and bustle of the city for the cosy life of the countryside with its rice paddies, tea plantations and water buffalos, the Great Hakka Marathon makes a unique weekend getaway.

The setting of the Great Hakka Marathon is against the backdrop of the beautiful Hakka roundhouses, recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

About the Hakka Houses

After the Great Wall of China, the roundhouses built by the Hakka people spread all over Fujian province, are amongst the most famous and precious architectural treasures of China, and regarded as one of the most iconic tourist attractions for visitors to the country.

The Hakka roundhouses – called ‘Tulou’ in Chinese, literally meaning earthen buildings – are large, enclosed and fortified earth and stone structures of rectangular or circular shape with walls up to 1 meter thick, which are often three to five stories high and can house communities of up to 100 families.

The unique structures resemble small fortified villages and offered their inhabitants protection from plundering and war for centuries. Today, there are still more than 20,000 Hakka roundhouses of varying size and condition that can to be found among the lush, subtropical mountain landscapes of Fujian and Jiangxi.

In 2008, a total of 46 Fujian’s roundhouse sites – of which some of the finest examples are located along the race track of this marathon – were recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage sites, and described as ‘exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living and defensive organization in a harmonious relationship with their environment’.

The Hakka roundhouses are a must-see even for experienced China travellers, and the Great Hakka Marathon offers the opportunity not only to visit and experience them, but also to enjoy a great run in this unique scenery and atmosphere.

Here is some feedback from the Great Hakka Marathon:

‘This was the nicest run I have ever done. I am sure this marathon will become a very popular race in the future.’

‘I was very happy and impressed about the race. Everything was very well managed and planned.’

‘Let me congratulate and thank you for the event organisation. It was really a special one and fits perfectly with your GWM race.’

‘It was a very nice run, actually the most beautiful I have ever been running, and I will for sure be back.’ 

Course

The marathon route will take in the famous Hakka roundhouses (Tulou), follow ancient mountain paths, pass through romantic village lanes and winding roads.

As the route passes through Xiabanliao village you will notice a square Hakka House or tulou on the right and one of the iconic, round Hakka Houses on the left. The road follows a wide valley with the river on the left. On both sides you will have great views of the mountains and terraced fields. While there is a gradual downhill on this section, you will be facing some sections on uphill running during the gradual descent.

Part of the marathon course is on cobbled and unpaved surfaces and country laneways and the final 9km of the marathon traverses the mountains, before descending to the finish line in Hekeng Village.

The Half Marathon course is on the same course as the marathon, before doing a u-turn and heading back to the finish line. The Fun Run course follows the marathon course, turning for the finish line just before the 8km mark.

Click here to view the course map.

Distance

Marathon 
Half Marathon

Entry

Entry to the Great Hakka Marathon must be purchased in conjunction with a travel package and is not available as an entry only option. 

Start Time & Race Day Schedule

  • 6:30am     Transfer from hotel to Race start in Taxia village
  • 7:00am     Warm up
  • 7:30am     Start of Races
  • 10:30am   Lunch served at the finish venue
  • 12:30pm   First bus transfers to hotels
  • 14:30pm   Cut off time
  • 18:00pm   Dinner at hotel
  • 19:00pm   Bus transfers to celebration party (wine and beer included)
  • 21:00pm   Transfers to hotels

Lunch is provided for participants.

Cut Off Time

7 hours

Water Stations

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.

Medical

Medical assistance is provided prior to, during and after the race.

Bag Storage

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 damage.Bags must be checked in no later than 15mins prior to the start of the race.

Weather

Weather in mid November is usually cool and dry, with little probability of rain.Average temperature is 15-23 degrees.

 

2017 Great Hakka Marathon 3d/2n Itinerary

Day 1: Fri 24 Nov - Arrival

Bus transfer from Xiamen to Nanjing Country (2½hrs)
Race packs will be handed out today

Day 2: Sat 25 Nov - Race Day!

6:00     Transfer from hotel to race start in Taxia village
6:50     Warm up
7:30     Marathon and Half Marathon start
7:50     Fun Run start
10:30   Lunch served at the finish venue
14:30   Race cut off. Transfer back to hotels
18:00   Dinner at hotel
19:00   Transfers from hotel to Celebration Party (Beer and wine included)
21:00   First transfers back to hotel

Day 3: Sun 26 Nov - Sightseeing and Departure

09:00  Sightseeing tour, taking in the most famous tulou (round houses) in the area
11:00  Buses depart for Xiamen (2½ hours)
15:00 Arrive Xiamen. Drop off points at the airport, downtown and railway station

3d/2n - Hong Kong, fr $760pp twin share

This trip is available either before or after the Great Hakka Marathon. The itinerary below is shown as after the event.

Day 1: Sun 26 Nov

Transfer to Xiamen airport, after sightseeing for your flight to Hong Kong
Coach transfer on arrival to your 4* hotel
No meals (breakfast is taken at your hotel prior to your sightseeing tour)

Day 2: Mon 27 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Leisure day or take a Half Day tour of Hong Kong $60pp (Victoria Peak, Aberdeen, Fishing village, Stanley Market)

Day 3: Tue 28 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Day at leisure
Coach transfer to the airport for your departure
End of trip

5d/4n - Guilin and Hong Kong, fr $1290pp

Day 1: Sun 26 Nov

Transfer to Xiamen airport, after sightseeing for your flight to Guilin
Transfer on arrival to your 4* hotel in Yangshuo.  Enjoy an evening walk along West Street and enjoy the many shops, bars and restaurants
No meals (breakfast is taken at your hotel prior to your sightseeing tour)

Day 2: Mon 27 Nov 

Breakfast at your hotel
Drive to the pier for a cruise on the Li River where you will sail past a number of uniquely shaped hills
Arrive in Yangshuo and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure
Optional Evening Program available
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Day 3: Tue 28 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Cycling on country roads, visit a local village and an old town, climb the famous Moon Hill.
Evening Optional Program available
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Day 3: Wed 29 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
At leisure.
Transfer to the airport for your afternoon flight to Hong Kong
Transfer on arrival to your centrally located 4* hotel

Day 4: Thu 30 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Transfer to the airport for your return flight
Tour ends

Optional Evening Program

                Cormorant Fishing, $35pp
                Light Show “Sister Liu,” $68pp

6d/5n - Shanghai and Suzhou, fr $1340pp

This trip is available either before or after the Great Hakka Marathon. The itinerary below is shown as after the event. If before the race, the flight will be from Shanghai to Xiamen.

Day 1: Sun 26 Nov

Transfer to Xiamen airport, after sightseeing for your flight to Shanghai
Transfer on arrival to your centrally located 4* hotel in Suzhou. Souzhou is a city with over 2000 years of history, which Marco Polo called “the Venice of the east.” 
No meals (breakfast is taken at your hotel prior to your sightseeing tour)

Day 2: Mon 27 Nov 

Breakfast at your hotel
Sightseeing at the Master of Nets’ Garden where you will marvel at the picturesque landscape and decorative buildings
Visit the ancient Panmen Scenic area and see the Grand Canal, Old city gate with both water and land entrance, old bridge and pagoda. Rickshaw ride in the old street and lanes.
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Day 3: Tue 28 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Excursion to Tongli, an old town surrounded by water surrounded old town
Walk along the Slabstone road in the old lanes and climb over ancient arch bridges
Visit the Meditation Garden
Late afternoon transfer by train back to Shanghai
Transfer on arrival to your centrally located 4* hotel
Shanghai is the largest metropolis in China has been known since last century as the “Paris of the Orient“
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Day 4: Wed 29 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Sightseeing starts at Bund, the famous waterfront area and the symbol of Shanghai. See the contrast between the many colonial style buildings on one side of the river and numerous modern skyscrapers on the other side of the river
River cruise
Visit Pudong where you will take a trip the Jinmao Tower, one of the highest buildings in the world .From the tower you will have a bird’s eye view of the city
After lunch, go sightseeing at the well-known Yuyuan Bazzar, Shanghai Museum and Nanjing Road
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Day 5: Thu 30 Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Day at leisure
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Day 6: Fri 1 Dec Nov

Breakfast at your hotel
Transfer to the airport for your return flight
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OPTIONAL TOUR IN SHANGHAI

Night Acrobatics Show, $55pp

Great Hakka Marathon 2017 - Entry and Accommodation Packages

Join us in the beautiful tulou area for the inaugural Great Hakka Marathon.

Entry to the Great Hakka Marathon must be purchased in conjunction with a travel package and is not available as an entry only option. 

All packages are inclusive of your transfers, race entry and celebration party. As well as the Great Hakka Marathon Weekend Package we are offering the opportunity for you to spread your wings in southern China and explore the local area. You will be absolutely stunned at the location of this marathon and be seeking more once you’ve had a taste of what the area has to offer.

3d/2n Great Hakka Marathon Weekend 

From $590pp twin share, $720 single

INCLUDED

  • 2 night’s accommodation in a local 3* hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Guaranteed entry to the Great Hakka Marathon (or Half Marathon or Fun Run)
  • Marathon Celebration Party, inclusive of beer and soft drinks
  • Medical assistance by specialised medical team (race day only)
  • All transfers on race day and for the Celebration Party
  • Guided tours
  • Airport transfers on arrival and departure in Xiamen

EXCLUDED – ALL PACKAGES

  • International flights
  • Items of a personal nature during your stay, eg alcoholic drinks, snacks, etc
  • Optional sightseeing tours, not included in your itinerary
  • Chinese Visa
  • Travel insurance (mandatory for all travellers) – for your peace of mind RunFun Travel offers travel insurance to cater for all your travel plans. Please contact us for further information or obtain a quick, obligation free quote by clicking here
    Contact us directly for a further 20% discount on your travel insurance!

 

3d/2n - Hong Kong

From $tbcpp twin share, $tbc single supplement
This trip is available either before or after the Great Hakka Marathon 

INCLUDED

  • 2 night’s accommodation in a 4* hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers in Hong Kong

OPTIONAL TOUR

Half day tour in Hong Kong, $60pp

 

5d/4n - Guilin, Hong Kong

From $tbcpp twin share, $tbc single supplement.

INCLUDED

  • 4 night’s accommodation in a 4* hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Domestic airfares from Xiamen to Guilin and Guilin to Hong Kong
  • Private sightseeing and all entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Return airport coach transfers in Guilin and Hong Kong

OPTIONAL TOUR

Cormorant Fishing Show, $35pp
Light Show 'Sister Liu,' $68pp

 

6d/5n - Shanghai and Suzhou

From $tbcpp twin share, $tbc single supplement
This trip is available either before or after the Great Hakka Marathon 

INCLUDED

  • 5 night’s accommodation in a 4* hotel
  • Breakfast daily
  • Domestic airfares from Xiamen to Shanghai
  • Private sightseeing and all entrance fees
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Train from Tongli to Shanghai
  • Return airport coach transfers in Shanghai

OPTIONAL TOUR, SHANGHAI

Night Acrobatics Show, $55pp

HOW WE CAN MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER!

RunFun Travel is a fully licensed travel agent and can assist you with:

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Overseas SIM (phone) card
  • Airport transfers (where not included)
  • Overseas car rental, driving routes, suggested stops along your way
  • Ongoing transfers and travel plans

Please contact us for an obligation free quote that will enhance your trip and we’ll make sure you run the time of your life!

Booking and Deposits

An initial non-refundable payment of $350 is required to secure your Great Hakka Marathon travel, entry and accommodation package.

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