Things to Know


The Big Sur Marathon has a strict 6-hour finish time limit (chip time). This is a pace of 13:45 per mile for the 26.2 miles (8:33 per km for 42 km). This is required in our permit to use Highway 1 and is non-negotiable. If you want to run our marathon but you believe you may not finish comfortably under six-hours, you may want to consider running our 21-Miler instead.

The Big Sur Marathon features a challenging course with numerous hills, both steep and rolling, and frequent head winds. Many runners consider our race a good 10-20 minutes slower than flatter and less windy events. In addition, many runners stop to take pictures, adding to their times. Plan accordingly with your training and pacing plans.

Marathon runners who do not maintain a 13:45 per mile pace at all times may be removed from the course at any time for safety.

There are two time cut-offs along the course based on finishing under six hours. Runners who reach these locations after the posted times will be transported to the finish area and will not receive a finish time or medallion. Those who do not reach mile 15.2 by 10:30 a.m. or mile 21.2 by 11:50 AM will be stopped and transported by bus back to the finish.

Official finish times, medallions, certificates, and post-race refreshments are only available for runners who finish under six hours (chip time).

There are no entry refunds, transfers or deferments. Registration protection is offered during registration.

If you understand these conditions and are ready to enter for 2022, read on about remaining registration options!

2022 Big Sur Marathon Registration

Registration Timeline:

  • 1/15/22: Category transfer period begins for registered participants

There is no “wait list” opportunity for the marathon or any other distance. All race distances are capacity limited.

Big Sur VIP presented by HOKA

VIP is SOLD OUT for 2022.

Learn more about the VIP program HERE.

Marathon Tours & Travel Packages

  • Marathon Tours offers travel packages with hotel, and other special benefits including entries to the 2022 Big Sur Marathon as well as Boston 2 Big Sur.
  • Fee varies depending on tour package and is determined by Marathon Tours.
  • If you have questions about the Marathon Tours program, please email

Youth Fitness Charity Donation Entry

Youth Fitness is SOLD OUT for 2022.

Learn more about the Youth Fitness program HERE.

Big Sur Marathon Charity Partners

We partner with more than a dozen charities; each provide a marathon race entry to those who meet the organization’s fund raising goal (minimum fundraising amounts are set by each charity). Some may still have entries available for 2022. To view our official charities, visit our charity partners page.

Boston 2 Big Sur (B2B) Challenge

B2B is SOLD OUT for 2022.

Learn more about the B2B program HERE.

Registration for all Non-Marathon Distance Events

All non-marathon distances are SOLD OUT for 2022. Thank you for your support! There is no waiting list or additional entry opportunities.

There will be an official transfer program beginning January 15, 2022. In this program, participants who have an entry they do not need or can no longer use will be looking for someone who wants to run and will buy their entry. Click here to learn more about this program.

Active Military Discount

We are pleased to offer a registration discount for all race categories for active military members. To obtain the discount code, please send an email to

Category Change Fees

A limited number of category changes (upgrades/downgrades) will be available from January 15th, 2022 to  March 20, 2022. If you are already registered for a 2022 race category (distance) and slots are available in your desired race category (distance), you will be able to initiate the category change from your haku participant account for a $20 administrative fee. If the price of the new race category is higher than the original category, you will also pay the price difference. If the price in the new category is lower than your original category, there is no credit or refund provided. The inventory of available slots will fluctuate based on the category changes of other participants, so check back often.
For detailed instructions on how to change categories, click here.
Note that those who wish to acquire an entry through the transfer process are subject to the same race terms and conditions including the course time limit and following all COVID-19 protocols in place on race weekend.

Additional Information

  • If you have additional questions about registering for any of our April 2022 races, please email