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Big Sur International Marathon

Run 26.2mi
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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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Big Sur International Marathon 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).

Event Details

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
Raceday Logistics


0645: Race starts

1150: Cut-off for mile 21

Please arrive within plenty of time of the race start.


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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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.
What time does the marathon start?
The marathon is due to start at 0645 at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.
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.

Big Sur International Marathon weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

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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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