Things to Know


The Big Sur Marathon has a strict 6-hour finish time limit (chip time). This is a pace of 13:45 per mile for the 26.2 miles (8:33 per km for 42 km). This is required in our permit to use Highway 1 and is non-negotiable. If you want to run our marathon but you believe you may not finish comfortably under six-hours, you may want to consider running our 21-Miler instead.

The Big Sur Marathon features a challenging course with numerous hills, both steep and rolling, and frequent head winds. Many runners consider our race a good 10-20 minutes slower than flatter and less windy events. In addition, many runners stop to take pictures, adding to their times. Plan accordingly with your training and pacing plans.

Marathon runners who do not maintain a 13:45 per mile pace at all times may be removed from the course at any time for safety.

There are two time cut-offs along the course based on finishing under six hours. Runners who reach these locations after the posted times will be transported to the finish area and will not receive a finish time or medallion. Those who do not reach mile 15.2 by 10:30 a.m. or mile 21.2 by 11:50 AM will be stopped and transported by bus back to the finish.

Official finish times, medallions, certificates, and post-race refreshments are only available for runners who finish under six hours (chip time).

There are no entry refunds or deferments for any reason. We are planning to have an official registration transfer and downgrade period (details to come). Registration protection is offered during registration.

If you understand these conditions and are interested in entering our April 30, 2023 race,  read on about potential registration options!

2023 Big Sur Marathon Registration

The Random Drawing for the April 30, 2023 Big Sur Marathon Begins August 25th

The random drawing for the marathon distance begins August 25th, 2022 and closes on September 11, 2022. Please note that there is only ONE drawing category for the 2023 race. Marathon Tours, VIP, Charity Bibs, and Youth Fitness entries also open on August 25th on a first-come, first-served basis. All other distances (Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K) will open on September 15th, 2022. Boston 2 Big Sur is planned to open on September 22, 2022.


8/25/22 – Random Marathon Drawing Opens for Two Weeks

8/25/22 – Big Sur VIP, Youth Fitness Entries, and Marathon Tours Entries Open on First-Come, First-Served Basis

8/25/22 – Charity Partners Posted on the Charity Page – Follow the instructions to sign up with your charity of choice.

9/15/22 – All Remaining Distances Open (Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K, 5K)

9/22/22 – Boston 2 Big Sur Opens

Big Sur VIP presented by HOKA

Registration for Big Sur VIP presented by HOKA will open on August 25th on a first-come, first-served basis.

Learn more about the VIP program HERE.

Marathon Tours & Travel Packages

  • Marathon Tours will be offering travel packages with hotel, and other special benefits including entries to the 2023 Big Sur Marathon as well as Boston 2 Big Sur.
  • Registration opens on a first-come, first-served basis on August 25th
  • Fee varies depending on tour package and is determined by Marathon Tours.
  • If you have questions about the Marathon Tours program, please email

Youth Fitness Charity Donation Entry

Registration opens on a first-come, first-served basis on August 25th

The Youth Fitness entry division is open to any entrant and is a first-come, first-served higher-priced entry program with additional funds a tax-deductible contribution to the non-profit Big Sur Marathon Foundation’s youth fitness and cross country running programs. Learn more about the Youth Fitness program HERE.

Big Sur Marathon Charity Partners

For the 2023 race, we plan to once again partner with more than a dozen charities; each provide a marathon race entry (and some to other race distances) to those who meet the organization’s minimum fund raising goal (minimum fundraising amounts are set by each charity). Once selected, the official charities for 2023 will be announced on our charity partners page.

Charity registration will open on a first-come, first-served basis on August 25th

Boston 2 Big Sur (B2B) Challenge

Registration for the Boston 2 Big Sur category will open on September 22, 2022.

Note that the Boston Marathon (April 17) and the Big Sur Marathon (April 30) are 13-days apart in 2023.

Learn more about the B2B program HERE.

Registration for all Non-Marathon Distance Events

Registration for all non-marathon distances will open on September 15, 2022.

Active Military Discount

We are pleased to offer a registration discount for all race categories for active military members. To obtain the discount code, please send an email to

Category Changes

Details on the entry category change program will be announced in August, 2022.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions about registering for any of our April 2023 races please email

Thank you for your interest and for your patience!