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Big Sur International Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 26 Apr 2020

About Big Sur International Marathon

For sheer natural beauty and dramatic coastal scenery, it’s pretty much impossible to top the Big Sur Marathon series of races, Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay in the fall, which saw more than 7,000 finishers last year.

The full name of the event is the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, referring to both its sister event, the Big Sur International Marathon, and to its physical location, largely along the shores of Monterey and Pacific Grove. And though the invariably sold-out Half Marathon in November is the crowning event of the weekend, there are many other activities surrounding it.

The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit and the proceeds of our events are donated to local charities and grant groups. The proceeds from our Half Marathon are dedicated to our youth fitness program, JUST RUN®. JUST RUN is a free program designed to assist schools and other youth organizations by providing vital youth fitness programs. Geared towards promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles in grades 2-8, the program encourages physical activity and healthy eating habits as well as promoting good citizenship and family involvement.

Distances

Big Sur International Marathon

  • 42.195km

11 Miler

  • 17.70274km

21 Miler

  • 33.79614km

12K

  • 12km

The Big Sur 5K

  • 5km

10.6 Miler

  • 17.059004km

Practicalities

Aid Stations

Water stations, also offering Gatorade, will be found approximately every two miles on the course. GU will be available at two aid stations on the course (miles 5,9 and 9.4). If you are taking part in our BYOB program ("Bring your own Bottle"), a fill up station will be available at the turnaround (approximate mile 7.7). There will be first aid and medical care at all aid stations and at the finish.

Maximum Time

3 hour and 30 minutes time limit.

Start:

On Del Monte Avenue at Camino El Estero in downtown Monterey.

Carmel,us

Finish:

Custom House Plaza, between Portola Hotel & Spa and Fisherman's Wharf.

Carmel,us

Highlights

The deep blues and greens of the Pacific Ocean crashing the rocky coastline, the kelp beds swaying back and forth with the waves, the sea gulls floating along the breeze and sometimes even seals and sea lions out on the large rocks in the water you’re likely to see all of it along the course at the November 13.1-mile race, which despite its name doesn’t actually run through Big Sur like its springtime counterpart, but still offers a gorgeous course with some challenging hills.

Overview

Runners start the half marathon in downtown Monterey along Del Monte Avenue, and from there follow the course first through the more touristy parts of the city, especially along Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, which overlooks the ocean right on the edge of downtown.

Once runners make it through the early miles in this section — right after they’ve made their way through the Custom House Tunnel along Lighthouse Avenue — the course then heads into Pacific Grove and Point Pinos, where it really shows off this city’s scenic beauty.

The course hugs the coastline for the next several miles of the race all the way around to the turnaround point in Asilomar State Beach, giving runners a view of the waters of Monterey Bay the entire way.

They’ll pass by the Point Pinos Lighthouse and the Pacific Grove golf course through this section twice, on the way out and on the way back, and then turn off Ocean View Boulevard and onto the Monterey Bay Coastal Trail just after passing the mile 11 marker.

They’ll follow it all the way back to Cannery Row, which they’ll rejoin for a stretch before heading back onto the trail, which will carry them all the way to the finish line at Custom House Plaza.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.