March 16, 2016


Julie Armstrong, Marketing Communications Director

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Big Sur Marathon Offers New Race Series

Special medallions and prizes awarded to all finishers in Waves to Wine Challenge

From crashing waves to verdant vineyards, a new race series has come to Monterey County.  “Waves to Wine” is a three race challenge selected from the Big Sur Marathon organization’s family of events.

Special Waves to Wine Challenge medals will be presented to all those who finish both the newly-acquired Salinas Valley Half Marathon on August 6 and the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13, and either one of the April Big Sur Marathon events (9-Miler distance or greater), or the Run in the Name of Love 5K race held on Father’s Day, June 19.

“We feel our four events are some of the most beautiful in the country,” said Doug Thurston, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon organization.  “More and more runners like the extra challenge, rewards and bragging rights of completing a race series.”

Runners who complete all three races will receive a special Waves to Wine medallion and be entered into a drawing for prizes from key Big Sur sponsors ASICS, GU, DOLE, Gatorade, Marathon Foto and others. These will be presented at the final series event, the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay on November 13. In addition, performance awards will go the top three male and female finishers with the fastest average age-graded times for all the races they finish.

There is no extra fee or registration required to be part of the Waves to Wine Challenge. Simply finishing the series events makes one eligible for the extra bling and entry into drawings for other prices. During online registration for each race, runners can indicate they’re taking part in the Challenge and the Big Sur events registrar will keep track of eligible finishers throughout the year.

For more information on the Waves to Wine Challenge visit