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The November 2020 race has been cancelled. Please visit our FAQ page for more information.


The Big Sur Marathon Relay is a team division dividing the Marathon distance over four relay legs. The relay is an opportunity to run with friends and family, either competitively or just for the fun of it! The first leg is the shortest and the last leg the longest. Leg 3 includes the long haul up Hurricane Point and the equally dramatic descent to Bixby Bridge. Slots are available for 200 teams.


2020 entry fees and age limits can be viewed HERE.



Registration is open for team members to join their team.

Relay registration is a TWO-PART process that involves creation of a team by a team captain and then the registration of that team’s members.

TEAM CREATION: The Relay Team Captain creates a team, determines the team category (i.e. Open Male, Master’s Mixed, Corporate, etc.) and pays for the entire team. One person can captain multiple teams.

TEAM MEMBER REGISTRATION: Once the Team Captain has created a team, members can join that team. Register as a member HERE by picking  the “Team Member Category.” Members will need to know the team name and password. If the Team Captain is planning to run on the team, he/she must also register as a member. Once all four members have joined a team, that team name will no longer show in the drop down box of available teams. To delete members from a team, the team captain must email the registrar. Once replaced, the new member can join the team online.


Relay teams consist of four team members in the categories listed below. The relay is not designed for individual runners wanting to run the marathon. Minimum age for participation is 10 years. Team categories include Open Male, Open Female, Open Mixed, Masters Mixed and Corporate. Mixed and Corporate teams require a minimum of one male or one female. For Masters Mixed teams, all members must be age 40 or over. Only complete teams of four are eligible for awards.


All runners must take a bus to their relay start along the course; Relay buses leave from Monterey Peninsula College. (Private cars and drop offs are not allowed on the course.)The first leg runner will be bused to the start in Big Sur and all other team members will be bused directly to their exchange points. After completing your leg, you will be bused back to the Finish Village. You have the option of continuing on foot beyond your relay leg, however all handoffs must be made at a relay handoff spot, not an arbitrary place on the course. Buses will take you back to Monterey Peninsula College from the Finish Village after the race.


Complete race packets will be available at the Monterey Conference Center in downtown Monterey race weekend. All team bibs and shirts are picked up by the team captain or designated representative and are not available for individual pick-up.

All team members receive a unique bib number identifying who they are. A different team number will be on the wrist bracelet that is passed from member to member along the course.

Relay member bib numbers are assigned the second week in April. Each participant will be emailed their bib number and QR check-in code on the Monday and Thursday prior to race weekend. Bibs numbers will also be emailed by SVE Timing. You can also look up bibs on the mobile app (found for iOS and Android as “Big Sur Marathon”) or at My Events at Active.com (once bibs are assigned).


The Big Sur Marathon is regarded as one of the most beautiful and challenging marathon courses in the world. The course is point-to-point running north on historic California Highway 1 from the village of Big Sur to Carmel. Relay participants share the course with full marathoners and other shorter distance events using one lane of the scenic two lane-winding road.

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.

To view the marathon course map and elevation chart, click HERE.


Leg 1: Start to mile 4.8: Mostly downhill through the redwoods from the start in Big Sur Village. View the start area map.

Leg 2: About 5 miles from mile 4.8 to mile 9.8: rolling and scenic with dramatic views of the Point Sur Lighthouse and large cattle ranches.

Leg 3: About 7 miles from mile 9.8 to about mile 16.8. This leg features the dramatic climb to Hurricane Point and the equally dramatic downhill to the famous Bixby Bridge. Gently rolling hills and beautiful scenery the last four miles.

Leg 4: The longest leg at about 9.4 miles from mile 16.8 to the finish. Sweeping ocean vistas, rolling hills, the famous strawberry station, Carmel Highlands, and the excitement of the finish line.


There are 12 aid stations located about every 1.6-2.6 miles with Gatorade Endurance, water, refill stations for you to refill your personal bottles, and portable restrooms. GU energy gel will be available at mile 12.2 and mile 18.9. Fruit is available at later stations. The strawberry station is at marathon mile 23.2 for Leg 4 runners. Relay members will have food, fruit, coffee, water and portable restrooms at their exchange points as well.


The Big Sur Marathon course time limit is six hours, a pace of 13:45 minutes per mile (8:32 per km). This is required by our race permit and is closely monitored with no exceptions. There is no course support (aid stations, medical, entertainment, etc.) for any teams not maintaining a 6-hour pace.

There are several check-points on the course and any team who reaches these points behind a 6:00 finish pace will not be allowed to proceed and will be transported to the finish. The course officially reopens to regular vehicular traffic at 1 p.m.

Finish medals or official times will not be provided to any team finishing over 6 hours (chip time).


The relay ends at the Marathon finish line at Highway 1 and Rio Road. Your final runner who crossed the finish line will pick up finisher medallions for all members of your team. The Finish Village includes light runner refreshments, a beer garden with craft beer, live entertainment, merchandise, gear bag retrieval, and free bus transportation back to your morning pick-up location.


Each member of the top three teams in each category will receive an award at the race-day awards ceremony. Teams with fewer than four members are not eligible for awards. There is no “overall” award for the first team to finish, awards are by relay category only.


We strongly discourage the use of iPods, headphones, ear buds or other MP3 or headphone devices in any of our events for safety reasons. Due to the nature of this course, you need to be able to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles and to hear other vehicles or emergency vehicles on the course alongside you. We ask that you leave your headsets/earbuds at home to best enjoy the incredible scenery, the course entertainment and the experience with your fellow runners.