Big Sur International Marathon


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Experience the wonders of 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 along to experience the largest rural marathon in the world.
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Sun, Apr 30, 2023
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Monterey County, United States
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The event experience

Based on 3,500 participants


Based on location


25 to 100ft elevation gain per mile

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Where and when
Highway 1 / Ranger Station, California 93920, USA
Start times
Sun, Apr 30, 2023
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Big Sur International Marathon
Route information
Distance: Marathon
Elevation: Rolling hills
Elevation Gain: +2,182'
Elevation Loss: -2,528'
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.
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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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Finisher's Medal
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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.
**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.
Event day logistics
6:45am Marathon starts
*Please arrive within plenty of time of the race start.
Cut-off Time
There is a strict 6-hour time limit, which equates to (13:45 minutes per-mile).
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Big Sur Marathon Foundation
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 do finishers get at the Big Sur International Marathon?
Finishers will receive a long sleeved participants shirt as well as a bespoke ceramic medal, created by Kathleen Kelly Designs.
What time does the Big Sur International 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 at the Big Sur International Marathon?
Athletes will need to run at a pace of around 13:45 minutes per mile.
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Tickets on organiser’s site

8th Floor, Orion House, 5 Upper St Martins Lane,

London, WC2H 9EA

Reg number 10083277

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