Big Sur International Marathon

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Date(s) - 04/28/2019
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April 28 // Big Sur Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon

The Big International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. The centerpiece of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge, located at the halfway point of the race, where you’ll be greeted by a tuxedo-ed musician playing a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano.

Learn more below and by visiting the BSIM website at


Race Date

April 28, 2018

Start Time

6:45 AM PST

Course Time Limit

The Big Sur Marathon will officially end at 1 PM when the course will reopen to regular two-way vehicular traffic. There will be NO support of any kind on the course (aid stations, medical, communications, etc.) for anyone not maintaining a 6-hour pace. Those who do not reach marathon mile 21.2 by 11:50 AM will not be allowed to proceed past that point and will be provided transportation to the finish. No finish medallions or official times will be provided for anyone finishing after 1 PM.


The Big Sur International Marathon course is not affected by the large landslide on the Big Sur coastline. The dramatic slide from May, 2017, that made international news is about 70 miles (110 km) south of our course. Click HERE to view a video about the slide.


Limited to 4,500 total qualified entrants (must be 16 years or older, in good health and well trained.  BSIM is a challenging course with 6-hour cut-off time (13:45 per-mile pace). ONLY THOSE PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE RACE IN 6 HOURS (chip time) WILL RECEIVE A BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON FINISHERS’ MEDALLION, AN ONLINE FINISHERS’ CERTIFICATE AND BE LISTED IN THE VIRTUAL OFFICIAL RESULTS BOOK. No exceptions!


Click HERE for 2018 entry fees.

The Random Drawings for the 2018 Big Sur Marathon have now concluded. Entries are still available by fundraising for one of our Charity Partners or as part of a travel package with Marathon Tours.

Event entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once we accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. No eBay or Craig’s List sale of bibs. No bandits.To read our cancellation policy, see below. You have the option to purchase Booking Protect from during the registration process on the payment page.

  • Your ENTRY FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE (no refunds, transfers, exchanges). You may not sell or give your bib number to another person.  It’s for charity, remember?

To learn more, click HERE.

Entry Fee Includes:
  • Long sleeve technical fabric shirt in gender specific sizing, featuring an original design.
  • Unique ceramic medallion created by Kathleen Kelly Designs for participants finishing within the official time limit of six hours
  • Food and drink at the start and finish
  • Souvenir Race Program & Weekend Guide
  • Free Expo and informational race clinics
  • Bus transportation to the start in Big Sur and from the finish to your morning departure location (both on the Monterey Peninsula or Big Sur)
  • Results online and in Monday’s Monterey County Herald (a free copy will be sent to participants in the Marathon and 21-Miler and to Relay captains living outside of the Monterey Peninsula)


The marathon begins at 6:45 AM at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.  To view a map of the start area, click HERE.


The course is from Big Sur to Carmel on scenic Highway 1, the nation’s first nationally-designated Scenic Highway. The course is USATF certified and is an official Boston qualifier. The course reopens to traffic at 1:00 PM, an approximate 6-hour course limit, just over a 13:45 pace per mile. Sorry, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions. Due to the nature of the course, wheelchairs are not allowed. If you need special accommodations, call 831.625.6226.To view the marathon course map and elevation chart, click HERE.

Start elevation: 356′
Finish elevation:  10′
Total elevation gain:  +2,182′
Total elevation loss:   -2,528′


There will be water (in cups or you can fill your own bottle at the BYOB Refill Stations) and Gatorade Endurance at all aid stations.  There will be fruit at later stations. GU will be available at stations 5 (mile 12.2) and 9 (mile 18.9). Aid station locations are as  follows:

#1:  Mile 2.6
#2:  Mile 4.8
#3:  Mile 7.8
#4:  Mile 10.4
#5:  Mile 12.2
#6:  Mile 14.7
#7:  Mile 16.7
#8:  Mile 18.9
#9:  Mile 21.3
#10: Mile 23
#11: Mile 24.6


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.

Awards (based on GUN, not chip time) go to the top five male and female finishers and the top three masters (age 40 and over) male and female.  Divisional (age group) awards are based on CHIP time and are presented five deep in five year incremental age divisions, both male and female, after 16-19. Double-dipping is permitted.

Special division awards are also given to both male and females three deep in the following categories (based on CHIPtime):

  • Monterey County Runner
  • Active Military

You are not automatically assigned to a special division.  You must check a specific box during registration to be eligible for awards in that division.  You may only pick one special division.

Awards will be given five deep to both male and female participants in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge based on the fastest combined 2017 Boston and Big Sur times.

The awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 AM in the finish area (time subject to change).


Male: Brad Hawthorne, 1987, 2:16:39
Female: Svetlana Vasilyeva, 1996, 2:41:34