Grassland Extreme Marathon
Mongolia, China (Xilinhot)
Genghis Khan Festival, Grassland 10 km and Grassland Half Marathon
The Genghis Khan Grassland Marathon is unique in China in its setting across the grassplains around the Inner Mongolian town Xiwuqi. It is an extraordinary running experience for everyone: top international runner, after-work hobby runner, young and old. The marathon is organized by Nordic Ways in cooperation with the Xiwuqi Municipal Government. Nordic Ways is happy to assist international runners with their trip to Xiwuqi.
The Grassland Marathon has three race distances: 42.5km, 21.5km and 10.5km. The start and finish is at the town's Culture Square, but the main track goes over the sweeping mongolian hills surrounding the city.
Xiwuqi is located in China Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, bordering on Mongolia. Here, traditional mongolian culture is strong with many ethnic mongolians. If you plan on doing some sightseeing in Xiwuqi, you can come one day earlier before the race and maybe visit Genghis Khan Imperial City where you can stay over night in Mongolian yurts, practice mongolian horse riding and wrestling, plus eat whole mutton and other local delicacies
Grassland Marathon was held for the first time in 2008 in connection with Genghis Khan MTB Adventure which is a 3 days stage race of 200km also organized by Nordic Ways during the same weekend. The Marathon is however a separate event of its own, held within the Genghis Khan Festival duration.
Day 1: Arrival in Beijing Arrive in Beijing Capital airport, welcome by local guide transfer to the 4Star Hotel.
Day 2: City tour: Tian'anmen square, forbidden city, lunch Duck dinner at 4Star Hotel.
Day 3: Transfer to airport flight Beijing -Xilinhaote Arrival, check in, number bibs pick up 13:30 Opening ceremony 14:00 MTB 1st stage (two races, long and short distance) 16:30 Prize giving ceremony for the 1st stage MTB race 17:00 Local entertainment and show at the finish place(horse riding & wrestling shows) 18:30 Government banquet for both bikers and runners
Day 4: 07:00 Marathon Race Mass Start (42km/21km/10km) Time limitation for Half-Marathon will be 6 hours and for marathon 12:00 Prize giving ceremony for marathon race 14:30 MTB 2nd stage (two races, long and short distance) 17:00 Prize giving ceremony for the 2nd stage MTB race 18:30 Dinner Banquet
Day 5: Transfer to airport flight Xilinhaote-Beijing Arrive in Beijing Transfer to 4Star Hotel.
Day 6: Summer Palace, Road of Spirit, lunch, Badaling Great Wall lunch at 4Star Hotel.
Day 7: Day free in Beijing
Day 8: Transfer to airport
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