Welcome to The Big Surreal Virtual Challenge!

We’ve dreamed up something really exciting and we’re so stoked to finally share this surreal September challenge with you! 

The Big Surreal is so much more than a virtual race; it’s a month-long, interactive virtual experience where you’ll be invited to complete a series of challenges and earn awesome swag along the way!

Registration is NOW OPEN through September 15th for The Big Surreal. The virtual challenge will take place between September 1st and 30th. The cost to register is $65 for the general public and $55 for April 2020 Big Sur Marathon entrants. The FIRST 200 registrants will receive a bonus gift in their swag pack – a 2020 VIP backpack from BOCO Gear (keep scrolling for details!).




Are you ready to get surreal? Here’s how to sign up:
  1. REGISTER FOR THE BIG SURREAL. If you were registered for an April 2020 Big Sur Marathon event, click on the “2020 Big Sur Marathon Entrant” category to receive a special discounted price. Note: we will verify your eligibility, so please do not select this option unless you were registered for a 2020 event.
  2. COMPLETE BETWEEN ONE AND FIVE CHALLENGES during the month of September. Starting on September 1st, you’ll see five “challenges” appear in your haku registration account. Those challenges are to run a 5K, 12K, 11-Miler, 21-Miler, and Marathon. The more challenges you complete, the more swag you receive (see the grid below to see what you can earn!). We’ll even have personalized, printable bibs for you to wear during each challenge!
  3. UPLOAD YOUR RESULTS. Starting September 1st, you’ll be able to upload your results via an integration with your wearable device (most devices supported) or enter in your results manually.
  4. EARN SWAG! Each time you complete a challenge, you’ll earn a digital badge, a finisher’s certificate, and a new swag item (see the grid below for what you can earn!). To get a medal and a shirt, all you have to do is run a 5K! When the challenge ends on September 30th, we’ll tally up your accomplishments and send you one big swag bag with all of your earnings and a handmade medal corresponding to the longest distance you completed. This challenge is open to international participants, but you must have a U.S. address in order to have your medal and swag shipped to you. We are currently unable to ship internationally.

Let us break it down for you:

As long as you complete the 5K challenge, you’ll receive a shirt AND a medal! After that, the more challenges you complete, the more swag you earn. Please note that you will only receive ONE MEDAL – that which corresponds to the longest distance race challenge you complete by the end of the month. All other swag, however, is cumulative!

    • 5K Finishers: 2020 Big Sur Marathon shirt from our friends at Recover Brands (unisex and women’s cuts available). Made from 100% recycled materials!
    • 12K Finishers: SOCKS! You’ll receive one of four custom Fitsok sweat-wicking sock designs (that’s why we ask for your sock size on the registration form!).
    • 11-Miler Finishers: Custom rainbow tie-dye silicone beer pint. These colorful, versatile drinking glasses are as flexible in shape as they are in utility! You deserve a finisher’s beer in this groovy silicone glass!
    • 21-Miler Finishers: Custom “The Big Surreal” running gaiter from Recover Brands. Yep, you guessed it – made from 100% recycled materials! 
    • Marathon Finishers: Woohoo! If you finish the marathon challenge and upload your results, you’ll receive a sturdy, sustainable 2020 tote bag from Recover Brands.
In addition to all the amazing swag you can earn, here’s what else you can expect:

  • The first 200 entrants to register will receive a FREE VIP backpack from BOCO Gear in their swag package (ships after Sept. 30th).
  • The first 250 local Monterey County participants can claim a FREE Big Sur Marathon pint glass from lululemon Monterey. Simply visit the store and show your confirmation email in order to claim your free Big Sur Marathon pint glass.
  • Participants who complete ALL FIVE CHALLENGES will be entered into a drawing to win one of fifty FREE shoe certificates provided by HOKA ONE ONE.
  • You’ll receive access to an exclusive Spotify “Big Surreal” playlist created by our friends at Sufferfest Beer Company.
  • For local participants, we hope to host a “pick up party” where you can pick up the swag you earned, say ‘hey’ to our staff, and stick around for some fun sponsor experiences. Of course, the viability of a pick-up gathering is pending COVID regulations in our county in early October.

Please note: This challenge is open to international participants, but you must have a U.S. address in order to have your medal and swag shipped to you. We are currently unable to ship internationally.