Things to Know
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU CONSIDER ENTERING THE 2023 BIG SUR MARATHON
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 or deferments for any reason. We are planning to have an official registration transfer and downgrade period (details to come). Registration protection is offered during registration.
If you understand these conditions and are interested in entering our April 30, 2023 race, read on about potential registration options!
2023 Big Sur Marathon Registration
All 2023 registration details will be announced in late July, 2022.
Registration for the April 30, 2023 race is scheduled to open in August 2022. This website will be updated with all the registration plans, including details of the random drawing, registration dates, and deadlines will be announced in late July, 2022. Thank you for your patience!
Big Sur VIP presented by HOKA
VIP registration plans for 2023 to come.
Learn more about the VIP program HERE.
Marathon Tours & Travel Packages
- Marathon Tours is planning to offer travel packages with hotel, and other special benefits including entries to the 2023 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 email@example.com.
Youth Fitness Charity Donation Entry
Youth Fitness entry program details to come in late July, 2022.
The Youth Fitness entry division is open to any entrant and is a first-come, first-served higher-priced entry program with additional funds a tax-deductible contribution to the non-profit Big Sur Marathon Foundation’s youth fitness and cross country running programs. Learn more about the Youth Fitness program HERE.
Big Sur Marathon Charity Partners
for the 2023 race, we plan to once again partner with more than a dozen charities; each provide a marathon race entry (and some to other race distances) to those who meet the organization’s minimum fund raising goal (minimum fundraising amounts are set by each charity). The official charities for 2023 will be announced in late July on our charity partners page.
Boston 2 Big Sur (B2B) Challenge
Entry details for the April 30, 2023 Boston 2 Big Sur division will be announced in late July, 2022.
Note that the Boston Marathon (April 17) and the Big Sur Marathon (April 30) are 13-days apart in 2023.
Learn more about the B2B program HERE.
Registration for all Non-Marathon Distance Events
Registration details for all non-marathon distances will be announced in late July, 2022.
Details about when registration will open for the Big Sur 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K, 5K, Marathon Relay and the By-the-Bay 12K will be available in late July, 2022.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- All 2023 registration details will be available on this website in late July, 2022.
- If you have additional questions about registering for any of our April 2023 races before these updates are published, please email email@example.com
- Thank you for your interest and for your patience!