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.

Wines of Málaga - unique, sweet and perfect!

Málaga is famous for sun, sea and sand, but not many know that it is also one of the oldest wine regions in Spain.

Wine from Málaga is a wonderful, unique and sweet liqueur wine made mainly on white Moscatel and Pedro Ximénez grapes.

Wines from this region have been popular since Roman times, but demand fell in the 19th century, when people began to prefer dry white wine. In recent years, there has been a massive renewed interest in the sweet and unique wine from the Málaga region of Spain, which now produces 5.8 million liters each year.

The wine's grapes may be grown, pressed and fermented elsewhere in the Málaga province, but it is said that only if the wine is stored in the city of Málaga can it be regarded as genuine “wine from Málaga”.

Most of the wine is produced in Antequera, located north of Málaga. The area is favored by extremely hot summers and very cold winters. It helps the grapes develop the unique properties needed to get a traditional sweet wine.

The vine is, of course, a plant, and its fruit needs sunlight to ripen. As the grapes ripen and advance through the maturation process, their sugar levels increase. The greater the sugar level, the greater the percentage of alcohol in the resulting wine. After the harvest, the grapes are placed beneath the sun’s sizzling heat to further increase their sugar content and dry out the grapes before they are pressed.  

Wines produced from grapes in this region are dark in color, despite the use of white grapes. This is a result of overripening. Also, the color of the wine darkens the longer it matures. Typically, wines from  Málaga range from light yellow to deep black in color.

One famous wine bar in Málaga, Antigua Casa de Guardia, dates from 1840 and thus is the city's oldest wine bar. The bar's wines are still handled from vineyards located inland and slightly northeast of Málaga in the village of Olias. In the vineyard, 10 different Málaga wines are produced from the grape varieties Pedro Ximenex, Moscatel and Romé.

Types of Wine from Málaga:

  • Málaga Pálido - stored for a maximum of 6 months
  • Málaga - stored 6-24 months
  • Málaga Noble - stored 2-3 years
  • Málaga Añejo - stored between 3-5 years
  • Málaga Trasañejo - stored over 5 years

As with most wines, those from Málaga are considered to be better with age, but of course, it is a matter of taste. Especially in the older wines, the taste and aroma are rich and developed. With notes of coffee, caramel, nuts, spices, plums and cocoa, wines from Málaga often pair perfectly with a good chocolate dessert.

The locals also enjoy the wine for their tapas, and wines from Málaga can be purchased at all the local tapas bars in Málaga and the surrounding region.