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Big Sur International Marathon

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Test yourself from Big Sur to Camel in this picturesque Highway 1 marathon course. Perfect for runners looking for a challenge, the course takes you from point to point with a few challenging climbs. Come to experience the largest rural marathon in the world.

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The Big Sur International Marathon was established in 1986 and today is managed by a 15-person Governance Board of the non-profit Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Over the course of the last three decades, the Foundation added the Monterey Bay Half Marathon (2003), Run in the Name of Love (2013), and the Salinas Valley Half Marathon (2015) to its family of events. The race events are managed year round by a six-person full-time staff.

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What's included:

  • Water stations
  • Gatorade Endurance
  • Course marshalled
  • Distance marked
  • Epic views
  • Long sleeved finisher's t-shirt
  • Food and drink
  • Bespoke ceramic medallion
  • Chip timed
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FAQ
What do finisher's get?
Finisher's will receive a long sleeved participants shirt as well as a bespoke ceramic medal, created by Kathleen Kelly Designs.… read more
FAQ
What time does the marathon start?
The marathon is due to start at 0645 at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.… read more
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How quickly do I need to run to make the cut-off time?
Athletes will need to run at a pace of around 13:45 minutes per mile.… read more
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Route description
Route description

Route:

Point to point, moderately difficult, with rolling hills, Big Sur is the largest rural marathon in the world. The course winds through redwoods, alongside ranches, and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. It is USATF certified and a Boston qualifier.

Cut-off times:

There is a strict 6 hour time-limit, which equates to (13:45 minutes per-mile).

Logistics and schedule

Schedule:

0645: Race starts

1150: Cut-off for mile 21

Please arrive within plenty of time of the race start.

Spectators

Because Highway 1 is closed to vehicular traffic until 1300hr, spectators, families and friends of the runners/walkers can only view the end of the race from the finish area.

How to get there

Highway 1 / Ranger Station, California 93920, USA

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**Marathon HQ: Monterey, 110 Miles south of San Francisco, 400 miles North of LA.

Flights:

**Participants can fly directly into Monterey Airport, which is only five minutes from downtown Monterey.

Other airport options include: San Jose, San Fran, or Oakland.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What do finisher's get?
Finisher's will receive a long sleeved participants shirt as well as a bespoke ceramic medal, created by Kathleen Kelly Designs.
FAQ
What time does the marathon start?
The marathon is due to start at 0645 at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.
FAQ
How quickly do I need to run to make the cut-off time?
Athletes will need to run at a pace of around 13:45 minutes per mile.
FAQ
What do finisher's get?
Finisher's will receive a long sleeved participants shirt as well as a bespoke ceramic medal, created by Kathleen Kelly Designs.
FAQ
What time does the marathon start?
The marathon is due to start at 0645 at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.
FAQ
How quickly do I need to run to make the cut-off time?
Athletes will need to run at a pace of around 13:45 minutes per mile.
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Marathon
6:45am Sun 24th Apr 2022

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