Pinoy runner slays the Great Wall of China in epic marathon!

Glen Reniel Tabilona fulfills a runner’s dream by conquering the iconic Great Wall of China in the Conquer the Wall Marathon.

A Filipino has just ticked off a major item on every runner’s bucket list: conquering the iconic Great Wall of China!

Glen Reniel Tabilona was among the hundreds of runners who completed the Conquer the Wall Marathon held on May 18, marking the race’s return after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers said 838 runners from 59 countries took on the challenge, with options for a full marathon, half marathon, and an 8.5 km fun run.

Glen, a 28-year-old Pinoy runner, tackled the 10k race, which kicked off at 6:30 a.m. The chilly 14-15 degree temperature added a “nice twist to the already challenging steps of the Great Wall,” Glen told The Filipino Times.

While he’s no stranger to marathons, the Great Wall event was a beast. Running on uneven steps up to 40 cm high and an elevation of 200 meters above ground tested his limits. “What kept me going was the thought of making it this far,” he said.

The breathtaking sunrise and the expanse of well-preserved nature from one of the Seven Wonders of the World also kept him inspired, he added.

Glen’s advice for fellow Pinoy runners? “We don’t limit ourselves by the distance we struggle to overcome and the competition we aim to surpass, but rather by the unyielding spirit and determination that drives us forward with every step. It’s the journey that matters.”