Who is eligible to enter the random drawings?
Anyone who is at least 16 years of age by April 26, 2020 and is capable of running a full marathon on a hilly course under six hours (a pace of 13:45 per mile) may register for the entry random drawing(s). Please note that we take our time limit very seriously as this is part of our permit to use Highway 1. If you are unsure if you can maintain this pace on a challenging, hilly and windy course, please think carefully if you should enter the drawing for an entry. Anyone not able to maintain this pace on race day will be removed from the course and not eligible for a finish medallion or official time.
I've never run a marathon and I have no idea if I can finish under six hours. What should I do?
Big Sur is a challenging marathon course with numerous hills and is often run into a headwind. Many experienced marathoners say our course can be 10 to 20 minutes slower than a flatter course. Between registration and race day, you have about eight months to train. Before entering the drawings, you should be confident in your potential to maintain at least a 13:45 mpm pace (8:33 per km) based on your performances in half marathons or other races, current training pace and volume, etc. Note that many runners stop to take pictures along the route as well, affecting their finish time. Visit www.runnersworld.com/training for training advice, programs and articles.
How many drawings can I enter?
You can enter as many categories for which you are eligible. Everyone is eligible to enter up to three drawings and Monterey County residents are eligible for up to four. For example, if you live in Monterey County, have finished the marathon before, and have been asked to enter with some friends, you can enter the Groups Drawing, the Locals Drawing, the Loyalty Drawing and – if not selected in any of those three – the Last Chance Drawing held in mid-August.
If I enter several drawings, does it increase my chances of getting picked in any of them?
Good question! In a way it does as the names of winners from each drawing are automatically removed from any other drawings they may have entered. This way, only names who have not already been selected are left in each drawing. As more people are selected and removed from subsequent drawings, your odds of being selected in a remaining drawing increase.
For example, 50 of those selected in the Loyalty drawing also entered the Locals drawing. Those 50 winning names would then be taken out of the Locals drawing pool, increasing the odds for those still left. This will continue with the Locals drawing and finally, the First-Timer drawing
What if it is difficult to register on July 15 because of internet traffic, site crashes, etc.? I plan to enter as soon as the drawings open.
There is no need to register for each drawing category as soon as registration opens. When you register during the registration period for each drawing category does not affect your chances of being selected so there is no need to register as soon as each drawing opens. We encourage you to register anytime during the registration period.
How will I know if I have been selected in a drawing and what will I do next to actually enter the Marathon?
As each drawing is conducted, those selected will be notified by an email to the address they provided when registering. A list of winners will also be posted at HERE on the dates indicated for results announcements. This confirmation will explain the registration process and what to expect next. After each drawing is completed, those selected will be sent a unique registration link that can be used only by that individual. Winners will then need to click on this link to register with full payment within the announced time period (the exact registration deadline will be included in the registration invite). Failure to complete the registration during this time period forfeits your entry opportunity
I WANT TO ENTER AS A GROUP BUT I DON’T KNOW ALL OF MY MEMBERS YET. IF I’M SELECTED, CAN I FILL IN THE NAMES LATER?
Yes, you can swap out Group members if selected before they register. But you can’t add to the number of people in your group from the number you indicated when you signed up for the drawing.
MY GROUP WAS SELECTED FOR THE MARATHON, BUT NOW MORE FRIENDS WANT TO RUN AS WELL. CAN I INCREASE MY GROUP SIZE?
No, winning groups can only register the number of members requested during the drawing process. New requests should be referred to the wait list.
IT TURNS OUT THAT ONE OF MY GROUP MEMBERS CAN NO LONGER RUN. CAN I HAVE HIS/HER ENTRY TRANSFERRED TO A NEW PERSON?
Once group members register for the marathon, there are no entry transfers to others. Any new requests will be referred to the wait list.
I’M A GROUP LEADER AND MY GROUP WAS SELECTED IN THE DRAWING. HOW DO MY GROUP MEMBERS REGISTER?
If selected, the group leader needs to send the names and email addresses of the members of their group to the registrar, preferably in an excel spreadsheet if there are more than five in the group. This needs to be done AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, preferably within 48 hours of notification that your group was selected. We recommend you have this ready in advance of the selection notification so you can send it in immediately. The number of people in your group must be the same as the number you indicated when you applied.
If I am selected but cannot do the race, can I let someone else enter in my place?
No. Only the individual who wins the entry opportunity can register for the race.
How were the number of selectees in each drawing determined?
We will select approximately 3,200 entries total from the five random drawings. The numbers drawn in each category are based on the recent history of percentage of actual entrants who were running Big Sur for the first time, those who have run it before, and the number of marathoners from Monterey County. Our event is capacity limited to 4,500 total marathon entrants including those in the Big Sur VIP program, the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, Marathon Tours, charity entries, sponsors, elites, etc.
I've run the 21-Miler (11-Miler, 12K, etc.) before. Should I enter the Loyalty Drawing or the First-Timer Drawing?
The First-Timer category is for those who have never finished the 26.2-mile Big Sur marathon, so that would be the category for you.
I ran the first leg of the Relay last year but kept going and finished the entire Marathon. Which drawing should I enter, Loyalty or First-Timer?
In this case, since you were officially a member of a relay team and not an individual marathoner, you should enter the First-Timer Drawing. A Loyalty runner is anyone who has an official marathon finish time in at least one of the previous 34 Big Sur Marathons.
I want to enter the Groups & Couples Drawing with three of my friends. Do we all have to enter the drawing? Can't a Group Captain enter and represent all of us?
Yes, a designated group leader should be the only one to enter the Groups & Couples drawing and establish a group name. If that group is chosen, the team leader will email the names and emails of everyone in the group to the Registrar who will then send them a private “back door” registration link.
I have several groups of friends who want to run the marathon together. Can I enter in more than one group as a member?
No. You many enter each drawing category only one time. Duplicate names in the same category will be removed before selection.
What proof do I need that I am eligible for the Locals Drawing?
If requested, proof of residency in Monterey County includes a utility bill in your name, government ID, etc.
In the Loyalty category, if there any preference to the number of times I've run the marathon?
Yes, the odds of being selected in this category do increase with the number of BSIM’s you have finished. The number of official finishers is subject to verification. Please be accurate and honest.
I really don't want to go through the drawing process. What are my other options?
There are several first-come, first-served options. They are:
- Big Sur VIP. A first-come, first-served option for the ultimate marathon experience. (sold-out for 2020)
- JUST RUN Charity entries. There will be first-come, first-served slots available beginning on July 15 at 9 AM PDT. Half of the entry fee is considered a charitable donation benefiting JUST RUN, the marathon’s youth fitness program. Registration is now open.
- Marathon Tours travel packages. Beginning July 15 you can purchase a package that includes a marathon entry, hotel, airfare and other amenities. For more information visit www.marathontours.com. Travel packages are now available!
- Fundraise for one of our Official Charity Partners. A list of these charities and links to their sites will be available in late July. View the 2020 Charity Partners.