April 24, 2022
6:45 AM PDT
Course Time Limit
The Big Sur Marathon has a six hour time limit and will officially end at 1 PM when the course will reopen to regular two-way vehicular traffic. There will be NO support of any kind on the course (aid stations, medical, communications, etc.) for anyone not maintaining a 6-hour pace. Those who do not reach marathon mile 15.3 by 10:30 AM or 21.2 by 11:50 AM will not be allowed to proceed past that point and will be provided transportation to the finish. No finish medallions or official times will be provided for anyone finishing after 1 PM.
ENTRY LIMITS AND QUALIFICATIONS
The Marathon is limited to 4,500 total qualified entrants (must be 16 years or older, in good health and well trained). BSIM is a challenging course with 6-hour cut-off time (13:45 per-mile pace). ONLY THOSE PARTICIPANTS WHO ARE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE RACE IN 6 HOURS (chip time) WILL RECEIVE A BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON FINISHERS’ MEDALLION, AN ONLINE FINISHERS’ CERTIFICATE AND BE LISTED IN THE VIRTUAL OFFICIAL RESULTS BOOK. No exceptions!
REGISTRATION & ENTRY FEES
2022 entry fees, registration plan, and entry categories including special categories like Boston 2 Big Sur, VIP, etc. will be determined and announced in the summer of 2021.
Event entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Once we accept your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. You may not give or sell your number to anyone else. No eBay or Craig’s List sale of bibs. No bandits.To read our cancellation policy, see below.
- Your ENTRY FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE (no refunds, transfers, exchanges). You may not sell or give your bib number to another person. It’s for charity, remember?
To learn more, click HERE.
Prior to race weekend you will receive a series of communications containing important information. If you have a Gmail account, be sure to check your All Mail folder as our eBlast or eNewsletter may not land in your inbox. Communications are sent via Constant Contact or through haku. If you have opted out of either platform in the past, you will not receive them.
Online entries will be confirmed by e-mail from haku. If you have spam filters and/or firewalls in place, we cannot guarantee you will receive this email. You may also confirm your entry by calling haku at 831.713.2227.
To be announced
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The marathon begins at 6:45 AM at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur. To view a map of the start area, click HERE (Please note that the map is subject to change).
|The course is from Big Sur to Carmel on scenic Highway 1, the nation’s first nationally-designated Scenic Highway. The course is USATF certified and is an official Boston qualifier. The course reopens to traffic at 1:00 PM, an approximate 6-hour course limit, just over a 13:45 pace per mile.
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.
Start elevation: 356′
There will be water (in cups or, preferably, by filling your own hydration device) and Gatorade Endurance at all aid stations. There will be fruit at later stations. GU will be available at stations 5 (mile 12.2) and 8 (mile 18.9). Aid station locations are as follows:
#1: Mile 2.6
#2: Mile 4.8
#3: Mile 7.8
#4: Mile 10.4
#5: Mile 12.2
#6: Mile 14.7
#7: Mile 16.7
#8: Mile 18.9
#9: Mile 21.3
#10: Mile 23
#11: Mile 24.6
TIMEKEEPING - PACE
Bib chip timing is provided by South Valley Endurance. There will be split mats near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24. There are large mile markers on the course but there are no clocks or split callers.
The Big Sur International Marathon does not offer prize money, appearance money, hotel, or travel assistance. Interested elite athletes may contact Race Director Doug Thurston to see what, if any, provisions may be available.
To be eligible for overall and divisional awards, one must show a time crossing all split timing mats near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24.
Awards (based on GUN, not chip time) go to the top five male and female finishers and the top three masters (age 40 and over) male and female. Divisional (age group) awards are based on CHIP time and are presented five deep in five year incremental age divisions, both male and female, after 16-19. Double-dipping is permitted.
Special division awards are also given to both male and females three deep in the following categories (based on CHIP time):
- Monterey County Resident
- Active Military
You are not automatically assigned to a special division. You must check a specific box during registration to be eligible for awards in that division. You may only pick one special division.
Awards will be given three deep to both male and female participants under age 40 and the top three masters men and women (age 40 and over) in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge based on the fastest combined 2019 Boston and Big Sur times.
The awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 AM in the finish area (time subject to change).
Male: Brad Hawthorne, 1987, 2:16:39
Female: Svetlana Vasilyeva, 1996, 2:41:34
All participants are transported from one of several Monterey Peninsula locations to the start at Big Sur Station. Free bus transportation to the start is for official runners only. Each participant must show race bib number and bus ticket upon loading. Bus loading begins at 3:30 a.m. Why do the buses leave so early? It takes one hour for a bus to travel SAFELY to Big Sur along a narrow winding road in the dark. after unloading, it takes one hour for a bus to travel back to Carmel. All buses must be back to Carmel prior to 7:00 AM am so the Marathon finish and 5K/12K start area can be constructed on the roadway. Therefore, allowing for possible delays, the final buses must leave for the start by 4:30 am. Because not all buses can leave at the last minute, bus departures are staggered between 3:30 and 4:30 am. The bottom line is that moving thousands of runners from multiple locations to several start destinations along a narrow, winding road in the dark TAKES TIME!
Click HERE to view bus departure times and 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. We believe using an audio device will compromise your safety and that of others by hindering your ability to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles or to hear vehicles in the lane next to you or emergency vehicles on the course. You are sharing a narrow lane with runners of different speeds completing different race distances. In addition, there is live traffic in the land-side lane of Highway 1 during the race. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times
Because the safety of all of our participants and volunteers is our first priority, we ask that you leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery, the sounds of waves crashing against the rocks, the music we provide on the course, and your fellow runners serve as your motivation and inspiration.