Shanghai International Marathon was founded in 1996. As an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, the course is AIMS certified. It also carries the title of CAA (China Athletic Association) Gold Marathon.
As one of the best marathons in China, the field has only 28,000 runners in marathon distance (42.195km or 26.2 miles) and 5,000 runners in 10km (6 miles) distance.
- The air
Air quality is a common concern for those who plan to travel to China. In Shanghai we expect clear sky and fresh air. Relatively speaking, South China (south of Yangtze River) have much better air than North China.
- The weather
November is late Autumn in Shanghai and is cool and comfortable. The average temperature is 11℃ to 17℃ (52℉ ~ 63℉) on race day. In 2017, it was overcast in the morning, and sunny in the afternoon, by which time most runners finished the run.
- The course
It is a flat point-to-point course starting at the Bund and finishing inside the Shanghai Stadium, or more commonly known by the locals as “80,000 audience stadium”. The 26 miles journey well displays the diversity of Shanghai, from modern skyscrapers to anticent temples, from the busiest shopping streets to the quiet riverside city trails.
- The support
Runners are well supported in Shanghai Marathon. The number of volunteers, bag-drop buses, drink and refreshment stations, portable toilets, medical stations, cool-down spray machines, photographers, and passionate audience offer a great running experience.
- Cut-off time and age limits
The cut-off time is 6 hrs 15 mins for marathon, and 1 hrs 45 mins for 10K. Runners must be at least 20 years old for Shanghai Marathon, and 16 or older for 10km.
- Drawing-based entry
Shanghai Marathon is arguably the best marathon in China that offers great experiences that can be compared with the World Marathon Majors. Due to the extreme popularity, the marathon entry is drawing-based. Nearly 150,000 runners sign up to win the entries every year.
- We offer guaranteed entries as the official ITP
As the official International Travel Partner (ITP), we provided guaranteed entries with travel packages to save time and money for you. Take advantage of our group-buying power, leave all the logistics to us, and enjoy a great running vacation in Shanghai.
Benefits to join us
as the official partner
to save time and money
at your service
Pick up bibs from your hotel.
Assistance on race day.
Race photos free of charge.
Finish-area tickets for non-runners.
Airport-hotel-airport transfer included.
Tours of must-see places in Shanghai.
Complimentary lunches and dinners.
Evening Cruise after the race.
Comments from 2017
It was an amazing weekend! One of the best weekends of my life! I loved our group and can already say that I truly enjoy being a part of the running community. Thank you for letting me meet a group of wonderful people and be able to experience the beautiful City of Shanghai!
I have ran about 100 marathons, and first time to run Shanghai Marathon. I ran 3 hours 28 minites (5 minutes shy of my PR). I liked Shanghai Marathon very much: A lot of drink stations and refreshments, the tempreture was very comfortable, and great organziation.
It was a very good race and very good organizionts. People can run PR here. I saw many cosplay runners, and a lot of female runners, which was great. There were numerous supply along the course, bananas, grapes, and even tomatos. Chinese people are very friendly. I had a great experience here. I recommend Shanghai Marathon to everybody!
In 1997, I ran my first marathon in New York City with a time of 4 hours 59 minutes; in 2017, I am celebrating my 20 years of running in Shanghai, and I am so glad to finish in 5 hours 40 minutes. Compared to the major marathons like New York, Chicago, Paris, Shanghai Marathon is a great race. The organization is Number One!
2018 Shanghai Marathon Packages
❖ Nov. 15 Thursday - Arrival
4-night Package starts today. Arrive at Shanghai. Airport-hotel transportation with luggage assistance. Check in the hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the day.
❖ Nov. 16 Friday - Water-town Tour
Visit the ancient water-town near Shanghai established 1,700 years ago, with 36 stone bridges and numerous rivers and many ancient buildings.
Meals: B, L
3-night Package starts today: Airport transfer is included. Free time for the rest of the day.
❖ Nov. 17 Saturday - City Tour
Visit Shanghai Museum, the Bund (where marathon starts), Yu Garden and old town bazaar. Briefing and pre-race dinner with runners from all over the world.
Meals: B, L, D
❖ Nov. 18 Sunday - Race Day
Race starts at 7am! You will be assisted for hotel to start and finish line back to hotel. We give free tickets to non-runners to access the finish area. Enjoy dinner before taking a relaxing Huangpu River Cruise in the evening.
Meals: B, D
❖ Nov. 19 Monday - Departure
Transfer to airport or train station for your next stop.
5-star: Huating Hotel and Towers
Hua Ting Hotel and Towers is 260 meters (285 yards) from the marathon finish area. The hotel has a fitness center, indoor pool, Spa, restaurant and Lounge bar. The spacious room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and modern facilities.
4-star: Greenland Jiulong Hotel
Distance to Marathon Start is 1 mile. Located in the Hongkou neighborhood in Shanghai, 1.1 miles from Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Greenland Jiulong Hotel features a restaurant and free WiFi throughout the property.
❖ Guaranteed entry for runners (marathon or 10k);
❖ Airport pick-up service on Nov. 15h & 16th; Airport drop-offer service on Nov. 19th;
❖ Hotel rooms with tax and daily buffet breakfast in shared twin rooms. Surcharge applies to single rooms.
❖ Transportation, meals, sightseeing with entrance as per the itinerary;
❖ English-speaking local guides.
- Insurance. We recommend Insurance for medical and trip cancellation coverage.
- Flights to arrive or depart Shanghai.
- Chinese visa. For more info about visa policy, please keep reading.
- Personal expenses.
Nov. 15 ~ Nov. 19
$849 - Runner in shared twin room
$799 - Non-runner in shared twin room
Nov. 16 ~ Nov. 19
$749 - Runner in shared twin room
$699 - Non-runner in shared twin room
Nov. 15 ~ Nov. 19
$729 - Runner in shared twin room
$679 - Non-runner in shared twin room
Nov. 16 ~ Nov. 19
$649 - Runner in shared twin room
$599 - Non-runner in shared twin room
❖ 1840s: a port forced open to foreign trade following the British victory over China in the 1st Opium War.
❖ 1850s: The verb "to Shanghai" was born and exists even till today, which means to kidnap unwilling men and forcibly place them on ships where they would be forced into service.
❖ 1930s: the primary financial hub of the Asia-Pacific region.
❖ 1930s and 1940s: as embassies were closing their doors and countries were closing their borders, Shanghai had free entry and took in 20,000+ Jewish people.
❖ 1990s: the economic reforms resulted in an intense re-development of the city.
❖ Current population: 24 million (35 million Metropolitan Area). Density: 3,800/sq km (9,900/sq mi).
❖ A global financial center and transport hub with the world's busiest container port.
❖ Shanghai Metro system is the world's largest by route length 588 km (365 mi). 10 million people use the system on an average workday.
❖ Maglev runs at 431 km (268 miles) per hour - the world’s fastest commercial train.
You do not have to have a Chinese visa to run Shanghai Marathon. You can stay in Shanghai for up to 6 days if meet all of the following three conditions:
A. You are passport holder of one of the following 51 countries:
➢ Schengen Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden. Switzerland
➢ Other European Countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Croatia, Ireland, Macedonia, Republic of Montenegro, Romania, Russia, Serbia, UK, Ukraine
➢ America: US, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
➢ Oceania: Australia, New Zealand
➢ Asia: Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, UAE, Qatar
B. You have valid air tickets with confirmed seat in the next 144 hours to the third country or region.
➢ The 144-hour period starts to count at 00:00 the next day upon your arrival in China. Technically this makes your actual stay longer than 144 hours.
➢ You must fly out of China to the third country or region, not where you come from. Technically, if you are flying back to the same place where you are from, you should book your return flights with a stop in a third country/region.
C. You enter China via one of the following ports of entry, and your port of departure is any of the following (it does not have to be the same as port of entry):
➢ Any of the following can be your port of entry and port of departure:
i. Shanghai Pudong International Airport
ii. Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport
iii. Shanghai Port International Cruise Terminal
iv. Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal
v. Shanghai Railway Station
vi. Nanjing Lukou International Airport
vii. Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport.
If you do not meet the above conditions, or if you wish to travel to China with a valid visa, you should apply for the Chinese visa in the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate.
For ordinary passport holders of Singapore, Brunei and Japan, you are exempt from the visa if you visit the mainland of China for tourism, business, or visiting friends and relatives, and stay no longer than 15 days. A visa is required for any tour longer than 15 days.
American, Canadian and Australian passport holders can get multiple-entry Chinese visas valid for 10 years. In order to qualify for 10 year visas, the passport holders must have more than 1 year validity remaining on their passport. Once a 10-year visa has been issued, the validity of the visa does not expire if the holder renews his/her passport. The visa holder can travel carrying the old passport with valid Chinese visa along with the new passport.