Big Sur International Marathon 2015

Marathon, 5K

Event Date

Sun, Apr 26, 2015


Carmel, CA


Activity Today Later

Marathon - Registration Period 1 - July 15 at 10 AM PDT

$150 $150 Closed

Marathon Elites - Individual

$0 $0 Closed

Marathon for pre-Approved Groups & Charities - Individual

$300 $300 Closed

Marathon for pre-Approved Groups & Charities - Individual

$300 $300 Closed

Marathon Relay - Team member - join team here

$0 $0 Closed

5K presented by CHOMP - Adults age 18+

$30 $30 Closed

5K presented by CHOMP - Youths age 8 – 17

$20 $25 Closed

5K presented by CHOMP - Active Duty Military

$25 $32 Closed

By the Bay 3K - Saturday April 25, 2014 - Adults ages 18+

$20 $20 Closed

By the Bay 3K - Saturday April 25, 2014 - Youth ages 4 - 17

$5 $5 Closed

About This Activity

Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso has called it the "Must do in your lifetime" marathon. The Big Sur Int’l Marathon offers a course that features incredible beauty as well as a real challenge for most runners and faster walkers. Staged entirely on Hwy 1, runners are treated to panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean on their left and the pastoral beauty of the coastal mountain range on their right. There is an eclectic offering of music along the course, including Michael Martinez playing the Yamaha Grand Piano at Bixby Bridge, halfway through the Marathon course.


Registration for all events except the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge and the Marathon Relay will begin on July 15, 2014 at 10 AM PDT.  Registration for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge will begin the day after Boston ends registration. The date will be announced in late September HERE.  Relay registration will open later this summer, the date to be determined.

Open Marathon registration procedures are as follows:

  • There will be four “first-come, first-served” registration periods on different days and at different times for the open Big Sur Marathon. Each period will offer 625 entry slots.
  • Following the four first-come, first-served registration periods, we will begin accepting lottery applications from which an additional 500 Marathon entrants will be selected.
  • A sixth option to register for the Marathon is the JUST RUN category for $300, with $150 a charitable contribution to benefit JUST RUN, the Big Sur International Marathon’s youth fitness program.  There will be 300 slots available and this category will open July 15 until sold out.
  • On January 10, 2015 there will be a “last chance” option for Monterey County residents and Monterey County active military residents.  This in-person first-come, first-served registration will be at the Treadmill in the Crossroads Carmel shopping village. You must register in person and provide proof of Monterey County residency.  The number of available slots for this registration period will be announced prior to January 10.


  • The Marathon course time limit is six hours, a pace of 13:45 per mile. This time limit begins with the last official runner to cross the starting line. If you are unable to maintain this pace, you may be removed from the course at any point and transported to the finish.
  • Course aid stations are maintained only for a six hour finish pace.
  • Finish line and post-race services including finisher medallions, food and fluids, finish times, and eligibility for awards are only available for official finishers under 6 hours.
  • There is no option for early starters. The Marathon begins at 6:45 a.m. and features three start waves that are approximately 5-minutes apart.
  • Any runner who has not made it to mile 22 by 12 p.m. (noon), a little over five hours from the start of the last wave, will not be allowed to continue on the course. This deadline reflects a 13:45-per-mile pace. We will transport those runners who arrive at mile 22 after 12 Noon to the finish line.
  • This is a challenging course with rolling hills, a steady two-mile climb between miles 10 and 12, and often strong headwinds in certain sections. Past participants have said their pace on this course can be as much as a minute per mile slower than on flatter courses. Please plan your training and pacing accordingly.
  • The 21-Miler may be a better option for slower runners and most walkers including power walkers. Except for the first five miles, the 21-Miler course is the same as that of the marathon and includes both Hurricane Point and Bixby Bridge.
  • Because the 21-Miler begins at 6:30 a.m., 15 minutes earlier than the marathon, there is a six hour and 30 minute finish time limit, a pace of 18:35 per mile. 21-Milers will still need to be past the Marathon mile 22 mark before 12 noon.

Thanks for reading and adhering to these entry requirements: they are for the safety of all runners and volunteers. We look forward to hosting you in 2015!

Event details and schedule

All events but the 3K are on Sunday April 26, 2015
Marathon: 6:45 a.m.
21-Miler 6:30 a.m.
Relay: 6:45 a.m.
10.6-Miler: 7:00 a.m.
9-Miler and 5K: 7:45 a.m.
By the Bay Kids’ 3K: 8:00 a.m. (Saturday, April 25)

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