Inside the Great Wall of China Marathon

As it stands today, the Great Wall of China is 5,500 miles long. However, its historical length — the entirety of the structure since the first bricks were laid in 221 B.C. — is estimated at 13,170 miles, twice as long as was originally believed. At whatever length, the 26-mile course the Great Wall Marathon is a comparative drop in the bucket.

Started in 1999 with 800 Danish runners, the Great Wall Marathon is more than a test of endurance, it's an unusual quirky challenge, as...

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