Big Sur International Marathon

47555 California 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

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Big Sur International Marathon
Running on the Ragged Edge of the Western World
April 28, 2019


Race Date
April 28, 2019

Start Time
6:45 AM PDT

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 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.

Due to the nature of the course, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, wheelchairs, hand cranks, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks are allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions.  If you need special accommodations, call 831.625.6226.

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- GU’s newest “Birthday Cake” flavor will be featured here). 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


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.


The Big Sur International Marathon does not offer prize money. Interested elite athletes may contact Race Director Doug Thurston  at to see what, if any, provisions may be available.


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 CHIP time):

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 three deep to both male and female participants under age 40 and the top three masters men and women (age 40 and over) in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge based on the fastest combined 2019 Boston and Big Sur times.

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

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