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Big Sur International Marathon

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

Date 28 April, 2019

About Big Sur International Marathon

The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, USA along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually.

For sheer natural beauty and dramatic coastal scenery, it’s pretty much impossible to top the Big Sur Marathon series of races, which hosts the annual Big Sur International Marathon in the spring on Monterey Bay.

The finish line for all events is the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, California. The Marathon begins south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

Practicalities

Aid Stations

There will be water (in cups or you can fill your own bottle at the BYOB Refill Stations) and Gatorade at all aid stations. There will be fruit at later stations. GU will be available at stations 5 (mile 12.2) and 9 (mile 18.7)

Award Medals

To be eligible for overall and divisional awards, one must show a time for all split timing mats located on the course. These will be near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24.

Maximum Time

6 hour time limit.

Timing

Bib chip timing is provided by South Valley Endurance. There will be split mats near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24.

Transport

All participants are transported from one of several Monterey Peninsula locations to the start at Big Sur Station. Free bus transportation to the start is for official runners only. Each participant must show race bib number and bus ticket upon loading. Bus loading begins at 3:30 a.m. Why do the buses leave so early? It takes one hour for a bus to travel SAFELY to Big Sur along a narrow winding road in the dark. after unloading, it takes one hour for a bus to travel back to Carmel. All buses must be back to Carmel prior to 7:00 AM am so the Marathon finish and 5K/9-Miler start area can be constructed on the roadway. Therefore, allowing for possible delays, the final buses must leave for the start by 4:30 am. Because not all buses can leave at the last minute, bus departures are staggered between 3:30 and 4:30 am. The bottom line is that moving thousands of runners from multiple locations to several start destinations along a narrow, winding road in the dark TAKES TIME!

Big Sur International Marathon Route Map

Big Sur International Marathon Route Map

Start:

Big Sur Station in Big Sur

Big Sur, CA 93920, USA

Finish:

Carmel

Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923, USA

Difficulty

rolling

Highlights

The course winds through redwoods, alongside ranches, and offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

Overview

This is a point-to-point course that runs from Big Sur to Carmel on scenic Highway 1 along the coast, the nation's first nationally-designated Scenic Highway. The course is USATF certified and is an official Boston qualifier.

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.