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Welcome to the Big Five Marathon media page.

Press Guide 2019

Click here to download a PDF of our 2019 Press Guide.

This official press guide provides a detailed look at the history, concept and all events organized by Albatros Adventure Marathons. Current events include The Great Wall Marathon, The Big Five Marathon, The Petra Desert Marathon, The Polar Circle Marathon and The Bagan Temple Marathon.


Media Gallery

Download images, videos, logos, the latest brochure and current press guide here.

Please credit all photos and videos with Albatros Adventure Marathons. Images can only be used for editorial purposes, unless permission has been granted by Albatros Adventure Marathons for other use.


Press Contact

If you are a member of the press and would like to request press accreditation please contact Steen Albrechtsen, Press Manager,



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History of Albatros Adventure Marathons, Organizers of Big Five Marathon

It all began with in 1998 with a crazy idea to run a marathon on the Great Wall of China. In 1999, this idea became a reality with the running of the first Great Wall Marathon. The initial success of this "adventure marathon" concept led to the creation of a new organizing authority, Albatros Adventure Marathons, which set out to unite international runners through challenges hosted in locations of exceptional natural beauty and historical significance.

During the past two decades, Albatros Adventure Marathons has planned and organized 10 different running travel events around the world – this equates to a total of over 70 events! Today, our collection includes five major, internationally-recognized marathon events, each of which are held annually: The Great Wall Marathon, The Big Five Marathon, The Petra Desert Marathon, The Polar Circle Marathon and The Bagan Temple Marathon.

The Big Five Marathon is one of the most popular and sells out every year within days of registration opening.

Read the full story here.

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Big Five Marathon 2017

Big Five Marathon 2015

Big Five Marathon 2014

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In the media

Read what others are saying about the Big Five Marathon:

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What others thought

The marathon was a fantastic experience. The safari game drives and other activities such as mountain biking, bush walks etc. made it a great holiday. Also, it was very well organised.

2016 Big Five Marathon finisher

The setting is incredible, the lodging was great, rangers were wonderful; marathon helpers/coordinators were top-notch!

2015 Big Five Marathon finisher

The whole trip was extremely well planned, there was always something to do, the people were awesome, and the overall experience is something that you will only ever get to experience once in a lifetime...unless you come back that is :)

2015 Big Five Marathon finisher