April 29, 2018
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.
ENTRY LIMITS AND QUALIFICATIONS
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!
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEES
Click HERE for 2018 entry fees.
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 Active.com 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)
Per the marathon running industry policy, all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, etc. If the course has to be changed or the race cancelled due to an act of nature, or the event time changed due to circumstances beyond our control, there are no refunds or rollovers. You may not sell, transfer or give your bib to another person. There are NO exceptions.
You do have the option to purchase the optional “Booking Protect” through Active.com at the time of registration. See below for more information.
Your 2018 entry fee IS NOT TRANSFERABLE to 2019. You do not need to inform us of your cancellation. If you do cancel, you may take the amount of your entry fee as a charitable donation on your income tax return. The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)3 non-profit.
Booking Protect is a registration protection program available through Active. Com. It is an opt-in offer that enables registrants to purchase coverage for the total cost of their registration and processing fees. If a registrant is unable to attend our event for a reason covered by the Registration Protection offer, they may contact Booking Protect to file a refund application and receive compensation.
Registration protection can only be purchased during the event registration process. The offer will appear on the payment page (immediately following the Order Details summary). If an entrant decides later that they don’t want this protection, they can cancel up to 14 days after the start of the booked event for any reason – no questions asked. If you wish to cancel your purchase visit https://bookingprotect.com/contact-us/.
If you have purchased Booking Protect, you can submit a refund request via Booking Protect’s easy-to-use online portal at https://bookingprotect.com/refund/.
BANDITS & BIB SWITCHING
While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher’s awards can be impacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course. It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.
If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in all Big Sur events for a period of one year. The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any officialresults.
DOWNGRADING TO A SHORTER DISTANCE EVENT
|If you wish to downgrade to a shorter distance event in 2018 due to injury, limited training, or other reason, we now have a downgrade request window. Downgrades are limited (all race distances sell-out) and available first-come, first-served between February 1 and March 15, 2018 only. There is a $30 downgrade administrative fee and original entry fees are non-refundable. To request a downgrade, email firstname.lastname@example.org between February 1 and March 15, 2018. Please provide your original event and your requested event distance.
There will be no further downgrades available after March 15 or during race weekend. No exceptions.
You must be present to pick up your bib, participant shirt and race packet at the Health & Fitness Expo; you cannot delegate another person to pick-up in your place unless you have completed an official Packet Pick-Up Authorization Form. Please be sure to make your travel plans accordingly.
Prior to race weekend you will receive a series of communications containing important information. If you have a Gmail account, be sure to check your All Mail folder as our eBlast or eNewsletter may not land in your inbox. Communications are sent via Constant Contact or through Active.com. If you have opted out of Constant Contact in the past, you will not receive them.
Online entries will be confirmed by e-mail from Active.com. If you have spam filters and/or firewalls in place, we cannot guarantee you will receive this email. The confirmation page at Active is currently disabled. In the near future you will be able to confirm your entry at My Events at Active.com. You may also email the registrar at email@example.com to confirm your entry.
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′
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
TIMEKEEPING - PACE
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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
All participants are transported from one of several Monterey Peninsula locations to the start at Big Sur Station. Free bus transportation to the start is for official runners only. Each participant must show race bib number and bus ticket upon loading. Bus loading begins at 3:30 a.m. Why do the buses leave so early? It takes one hour for a bus to travel SAFELY to Big Sur along a narrow winding road in the dark. after unloading, it takes one hour for a bus to travel back to Carmel. All buses must be back to Carmel prior to 7:00 AM am so the Marathon finish and 5K/9-Miler start area can be constructed on the roadway. Therefore, allowing for possible delays, the final buses must leave for the start by 4:30 am. Because not all buses can leave at the last minute, bus departures are staggered between 3:30 and 4:30 am. The bottom line is that moving thousands of runners from multiple locations to several start destinations along a narrow, winding road in the dark TAKES TIME!
Click HERE to view bus departure times and locations.
IPODS AND AUDIO DEVICES
We strongly discourage the use of iPods, headphones, ear buds or other MP3 or headphone devices in any of our events. We believe using an audio device will compromise your safety and that of others by hindering your ability to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles or to hear vehicles in the lane next to you or emergency vehicles on the course. You are sharing a narrow lane with runners of different speeds completing different race distances. In addition, there is live traffic in the land-side lane of Highway 1 during the race. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times
Because the safety of all of our participants and volunteers is our first priority, we ask that you leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery, music we provide on the course, and your fellow runners serve as your motivation and inspiration.