Experience one of the greatest feats of mankind while running the most challenging marathon of your life. The Great Wall Marathon will put your physical ability to the test with its steep ascent of 5,164 steps. The World Heritage listed fortification is the largest human-made structure in the world and symbolises sheer human strength and fortitude. Tap into the special Great Wall spirit and join us for this spectacular run which will take you on a journey through ancient Chinese history and stunning scenery. Take on the Great Wall!

Combine the thrilling marathon experience with a classic African safari vacation and sign up for the Big Five Marathon. Running in the Entabeni Private Game Reserve of South Africa, you will encounter zebras, giraffes and antelopes. The spectacular course will even take you through lion territory and you may chance upon a rhino although we advise you to keep on running if you do!

Discover Jordan’s lost city and be challenged by the boundless desert surrounding it. This desert run starts in the ancient city of Petra amid rose-tinted sandstone monuments created thousands of years ago. The course continues into the barren desert landscape before looping back to the city. Experience Jordan’s finest treasure combined with a challenging desert race. Run back in time with us!

Ice as far as the eye beholds. Impossibly beautiful, blue skies. Incredibly fresh air. Musk oxen and arctic foxes on the unique and stark landscape of the arctic tundra. Yes, we are in one of the most remote corners of the world: Greenland. Feel the soft crunch of snow beneath your shoes while running through the arctic desert and Greenland Ice Sheet and immerse yourself in this rare and exceptional natural beauty. This will undoubtedly be the coolest experience of your life.

Tucked away in central Myanmar and home to more than 2,000 temples, Bagan’s beauty and historical significance is unsurpassed. Sacred pagodas and beautiful temples are scattered across the plains of Bagan creating a mystical, striking landscape. The marathon course will take runners on a voyage of discovery into this alluring and untouched land.

Local Runners: Race-Only Entry

Date: 22 Sep
Duration: 1 days
Price: 100 EUR

Registration for 2019 is now closed.

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Spanish passport holders, as well as permanent residents of Spain and Gibraltar, are eligible for "race only" entry.

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Be part of this one-of-a-kind race designed for all types of running enthusiasts, which will take place on 22 September 2019. Not only is this your chance to participate in a legendary downhill marathon event, but it is also an opportunity to witness those (or have a go yourself!) attempting to break the yet-to-be-broken 2-hour marathon barrier!

The prime backdrop of the World’s Fastest Marathon is the dramatic, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park (Parque Nacional de Sierra Nevada), which covers over 86,000ha in Spain’s Andalucia region. This mountain range is, in fact, the highest point in continental Spain. 

The route begins above the ski resort town of Pradollano. The starting line is positioned at an altitude of 2,605 meters (8,546 feet) above sea level. From here, runners will dash down a paved route that makes a sweeping, serpentine-like descent through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The entire route is almost 100% downhill (less than 1km is without decline) with an altitude drop of 1,938 meters (6,358 feet) and an average descent of 4.6%, ensuring running tempos remain high.

The halfway mark is located at an altitude of approximately 1,700 meters (5,577 feet).

The finish line is positioned at Celador Del Paseo Del Salon, a beautiful park in the center of Granada.

Race Officials reserve the right to make adjustments to the route, as necessary. View the route here.
Permanent residents of Spain and Gibraltar can opt for "race only" entry by presenting a permanent residency permit or a Spanish passport. Upon receiving your race entry, we will contact you to request copies of your official, government-issued documentation.

If you have additional questions about “race-only entry” for residents and Spanish passport holders, contact us at: marathon@albatros-adventure.com


22 Sept 2019Race Day

Dramatic landscapes of Sierra Nevada National Park in Andalucia, Spain
Dramatic landscapes of Sierra Nevada National Park in Andalucia, Spain

The big day has come. Today, you will be met by an endeavor that will certainly be worth remembering: The World’s Fastest Marathon. This will truly be an event for the record books, as you have the chance to set a new personal best and join a bold attempt to run the first ever sub-two-hour marathon! 

Supportive spectators are welcome to come cheer on these aspiring runners!

Busses depart for start no later than 6:00am. The location of your bus pick-up in Granada will be confirmed at a near-future date. 

The race starts at 8:00 am. Refreshments and snacks will be provided for all runners at the finish line.

The finish line is located at Celador Del Paseo Del Salon, a beautiful park in central Granada.

For more information about the race, look here.

Price information

Race-only Entry

For the early registrants, the price is 75 EUR until the end of June.

From 1st July, the price goes up to 85 EUR.

In August until registration closes 22nd August, the price is 100 EUR.

Registration closes on 22 August 2019.


  • Entry to the World's Fastest Marathon
  • Bus transfer from Granada to the start line
  • English- and Spanish-speaking race officials
  • Medical team
  • Time taking and results service
  • Supplies on the route
  • Refreshments at the finish line
  • Running t-shirt
  • Medal


  • Transportation to/from Granada
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides and drivers
  • Cancellation insurance due to illness or injury prior to race day
  • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you have sufficient insurance)
  • Anything not mentioned under "inclusions"

Race Entry & Payment

The reservation of race entry is binding for both customer and travel agency at the time race entry is reserved via booking.albatros-adventure.com website. The full cost of race entry will be charged to the customer’s payment card, as provided by the customer, at the time race entry is reserved.

The email sent to the customer upon submitting the reservation acts as the confirmation of your race entry. It is, therefore, of vital importance that the customer provides a valid email address.

Important Info


In order to qualify for "race only" entry, you will be required to provide one of the following forms of documentation:

  • Valid Spanish Passport, OR
  • Valid passport for your nation of citizenship AND valid Permit for Residency in Spain or Gibraltar

Upon receiving your race entry, we will contact you to request copies of your official, government-issued documentation.