Event Date:April 24, 2022

The 21-Miler enjoys the same course as the marathon, minus the first five miles. This is the perfect distance for those not yet ready for the full 26.2-mile marathon, and welcomes both runners and walkers. At the start, entrants are offered a short yoga/stretching session. The 21-Miler includes the climb up Hurricane Point and also crosses the iconic Bixby Bridge. The event is open to 1,000 participants.

ENTRY LIMITS

The 21-Miler is open to 1,000 entrants, age 16 and older.

REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEES

21-Miler, early fee – $175

21-Miler, Monterey County Participants (8/23/21 – 12/14/21) – $150

Registration Timeline:

  • 8/23/21 – 9/1/21: Priority registration period for those who were entered in the 2020 Big Sur 21-Miler may register for the 2022 event
  • 9/13/21: Remaining Big Sur 21-Miler entries will be released to the general public, first come – first served
  • 12/15/21 until sold out: Any remaining 21-Miler entries available at the late fee

START-6:30 AM PDT

Andrew Molera State Park on Highway 1, 5 miles north of the Marathon start. There will be food, fruit, coffee/hot chocolate, water, portable restrooms, entertainment, and gear check at the start area as well as a group yoga session before the race. Click HERE to view the start area map.

COURSE

The 21-Miler is the final 21-miles of the Big Sur International Marathon course which is regarded as one of the most beautiful and challenging marathon courses in the world. The course is point-to-point running north on historic California Highway 1 from Andrew Molera State Park to Carmel. 21-Miler participants share the course with full marathoners and other shorter distance events using one lane of the scenic two lane-winding road.

The course features several significant hills including a two-mile steady climb to Hurricane Point between miles five and seven and numerous rolling hills between miles 17 and 20. Be prepared for an incredible journey!

Due to the nature of the course, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, wheelchairs, hand cranks, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks are allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions.

View a map of the 21-Miler course.

Start elevation: 64′
Finish elevation: 10′
Total elevation gain: +2,060′
Total elevation loss: -2,114′

AID STATIONS

There are 10 aid stations located about every 1.6-2.6 miles with Gatorade Endurance, water, refill stations for you to refill your personal bottles, and portable restrooms. GU energy gel will be available at mile 7.2 and mile 13.9. Fruit is available at later stations. The Strawberry Station is at mile 23.2 of the marathon course.

COURSE TIME LIMIT

The 21-Miler course time limit is 6:30, a pace of 18:30 minutes-per-mile. This is required by our race permit and is closely monitored with no exceptions. There is no course support (aid stations, medical, entertainment, etc.) for any 21-Miler not maintaining a 6:30 finish pace.

There are several check-points on the course and any 21-Miler who reaches these points behind a 6:30 finish pace will not be allowed to proceed and will be transported to the finish. The course officially reopens to regular vehicular traffic at 1 p.m.

Finish medals or official times will not be provided to any 21-Miler finishing over 6:30 (chip time).

FINISH

The 21-Miler ends at the Marathon finish line at Highway 1 and Rio Road. The Finish Village includes light runner refreshments, a beer garden with craft beer, live entertainment, merchandise, gear bag retrieval, and free bus transportation back to your morning pick-up location.

TIMING and AWARDS

The event is timed but not scored. Every official finisher receives a unique, hand-painted ceramic finisher medal. There are no overall or age group awards or awards ceremony for this event.

TRANSPORTATION

All 21-Milers will take the free race-provided transportation to the start. Visit the Bus Departure Location Map for 21-Miler bus pick-up locations and times. There is no parking or private transportation/runner drop-off available for the start. Transportation to the start is for entrants only.

After the race, buses will return 21-Milers from the Finish Village back to all morning pick-up locations.

IPODS and AUDIO DEVICES

We strongly discourage the use of iPods, headphones, ear buds or other MP3 or headphone devices in any of our events for safety reasons. Due to the nature of this course, you need to be able to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles and to hear other vehicles or emergency vehicles on the course alongside you. We ask that you leave your headsets/earbuds at home to best enjoy the incredible scenery, the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks, the course entertainment and the experience with your fellow runners.

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