Still Want to Run with Us in 2020? Tell Us Why and You Might Get a Chance!

Happy New Year! Last week we sold out our 5K race, the final open event for the 2020 Big Sur Marathon Weekend (beyond our youth-oriented 3K on the day before the Marathon). Before and over the holiday break, we heard from folks from all over the world looking for a way to get to the start line of the Big Sur International Marathon on April 26, 2020. While we wish we could accommodate all of these requests, we must adhere to entry limits to retain the great privilege of running on beautiful Highway 1 each year.

That said, we try our best to maximize the opportunities available for runners like you to participate in our marathon. In the spirit of ushering in the new decade by making dreams come true, we’ve decided to open up 20 SPOTS for a chance to participate in the 2020 full marathon! We know that the Big Sur Marathon holds immense meaning for many of you – whether you’ve spent decades running our races with a close friend, want to honor a recently departed loved one, have always wanted to run our race, or simply cannot imagine missing out this year – we want to hear your story. We invite you to submit your story of why you would like to run Big Sur by January 31st. Our selection committee will pick the 20 most compelling stories and invite those folks to enter the Big Sur Marathon!

The deadline to submit your story is January 31, 2020 at 11:59PM PST. Winners will be notified by email on or around February 7, 2020 and sent an invitation to register for the full marathon for a $199 flat fee ($225 for international entrants).



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