CARMEL, CA – April 28, 2024 – The 37th Annual Big Sur International Marathon concluded with resounding success, as runners embraced the challenge of a new out-and-back course along the coast passing through scenic Point Lobos. Despite the unexpected course alteration due to a highway slip-out in March, participants displayed resilience and determination, creating an unforgettable race day experience.  Runners raced through pockets of sunshine and were treated to familiar entertainment including the piano man and the taiko drummers.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the outcome of this year’s Big Sur International Marathon,” said Josh Priester, Executive Director of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. “Despite the challenges posed by the highway slip-out on March 30th, our runners and volunteers alike showcased their resilience and dedication, making it a memorable event for everyone involved. We have an amazing and supportive community who made this year’s race possible and we are incredibly grateful.”

Marathon weekend featured various distances, including the Marathon, Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K, and 5K, attracting a diverse group of participants from across the country and internationally. The Boston 2 Big Sur challenge, where participants run both the Boston Marathon and the Big Sur Marathon within just 13 days, drew 300 participants.

The top finisher in the Marathon was Simon Ricci, 26, of San Francisco, with a time of 2:29:30. Simon recorded 1st place finishes at both the Napa Valley Half Marathon and Oakland Marathon earlier this year. The first place female was Peyton Bilo, 26, a high school and collegiate standout from Northern California.

Participants and spectators praised the organization’s efforts in ensuring a safe and enjoyable event despite the unforeseen circumstances. The support of agency partners, volunteers, sponsors, and the local community was instrumental in the event’s ability to move forward.  This year’s event also featured a moment of silence for Bill Burleigh – founder of the Big Sur Marathon who passed away earlier this year.

Registration for the 2025 Big Sur Marathon will open in late summer, inviting runners to once again experience the beauty and camaraderie of this iconic race. For more information and updates, please visit

About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are the Big Sur International Marathon in April and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in November. 

About Blistering Pace Race Management:

 Founded in 2016, BPRM specializes in various race management capacities, offering staffing to full operational oversight. Clients include the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, Napa Valley Marathon, Inc., San Francisco Half Marathon (10K & 5K), Chicago Event Management, and the New York Road Runners. For more information, visit