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The 21-Miler

RACE DATE April 30, 2017
ENTRY FEE  $140  9/1 - 12/31/16 
$155  1/1/17 until sold out
REGISTRATION  Registration will be conducted on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 9:00 AM on September 1, 2016.

The 21-Miler 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 6:30-hour pace. Those who do not reach marathon mile 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.


Andrew Molera State Park, 5 miles north of the Marathon start. You must ride a bus to the 21-Miler start from two Monterey Peninsula locations or from Big Sur.

To view a map  of the start area, click HERE.


The 21-Miler finishes at the Marathon Finish Village, Highway 1 and Rio Road in Carmel. 


Online entries will be confirmed by e-mail from Active.com. If you have spam filters and/or firewalls in place we cannot guarantee you will receive this email. 

Entries may be confirmed online HERE if you did not unclick the box allowing your information to be searchable at Active.com during the registration process. Your name will not show if you are under age 18 or you were registered by someone else.


Per the marathon running industry policy, all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, etc. If the course has to be changed or the race cancelled due to an act of nature, there are no refunds or rollovers. There are NO exceptions.

You do have the option to purchase "Registration Protector" through Active.com at the time of registration.  To learn more, click HERE.

Your 2017 entry fee IS NOT TRANSFERABLE to 2018. You do not need to inform us of your cancellation. If you do cancel, you may take the amount of your entry fee as a charitable donation on your income tax return. The Big Sur International Marathon is a 501(c)3 non-profit.


Participant shirts are gender specific. Sizing as follow:

Women's Sizing

Size XS(4-6) S(6-8) M(8-10) L(10-12) XL(12-14)
Chest 32"-33" 34"-35" 36"-37" 38"-39" 40"-41"

Men's Sizing

Size S M L XL      XXL
Chest 36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47"    48"-50"
TIMEKEEPING & PACE Timing will be provided by SVE Timing. Your timing tags will be attached to your bib and should not be removed.
ENTRIES & ELIGIBILITY 1,000 entries, open to anyone 16 years of age or older, capable of walking or running 21 miles over a hilly course at a brisk pace (an 18:30 minute mile). This is a NON-COMPETITIVE timed fitness event and participants are not eligible for awards. There are no age group rankings. You must finish the 21-Miler prior to the road re-opening at approximately 1:00 PM to be considered an official finisher. Sorry, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions.

Our permit from the California Dept. of Transportation limits the 21-Miler to an approximate finishing time of 6 hours and 30 minutes or when the road re-opens at 1:00 PM, a pace of about 18.30 mpm (minutes per mile). The following rules will apply to all participants:

Finishing Time of 6 hours and 30 minutes or less:
Participants that finish the 21-Miler by 1:00 PM (approximately 6-1/2 hours) will be presented with the Big Sur International Marathon 21-Miler finishers' medallion and be listed in the online Official Results Book.

Finishing time of more than 6 hours and 30 minutes:
Because Highway 1 is open to two-way traffic immediately following the official close of the race at 1:00 PM, all aid stations must be dismantled and removed from the course prior to the reopening of the highway. This means that there will be NO SUPPORT (i.e., no water, no medical personnel and no communications personnel) for race participants on the course once the aid stations have been dismantled.


Because of safety concerns, if a participant has not reached Mile 21.75  (of the marathon course) by 11:55 AM, he/she will not be allowed to proceed.


Transportation will be provided to finish area for those race participants who have not reached  mile 21.75 in the time allotted.

An early start is not available. The 21-Miler begins at 6:30 A.M.

For a map of the 21-Miler course, click HERE.

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

IPODS AND AUDIO DEVICES Our organization will allow the use of Ipods and other headphone devices by those not competing for prize money or divisional awards.  We believe using an audio device you will compromise your safety and that of others. If wearing an Ipod or other audio device results in you being unable to hear verbal instructions or commands, or approaching vehicles or course marshals on bicycles, you may be asked to relinquish the device.  We ask that you take responsibility and use good judgement if you opt to wear an audio device.  The right lane of Highway 1 is open to vehicular convoys. The safety of our participants and volunteers is our first priority.

We truly hope you'll opt to leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery and music we provide on the course serve as your motivation and inspiration.

GOODIES A gender specific sized technical fabric shirt featuring an original design to all entrants, and ceramic medallions for all official finishers, pre- and post-race refreshments.
WALKING CLINIC Presented by Jeff Galloway
Saturday, April 29, time to be determined.