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The April 26, 2015 Marathon is sold out except via registration with one of our charity partners.  

Stay tuned!  Information on the Marathon Lottery slated for the April 24, 2016 Big Sur International Marathon will be available by March 1, 2015


$150 effective July 15, 2014
$300 once all registration periods are sold out and the lottery has filled.  $150 of this is a charitable donation JUST RUN, the Big Sur Marathon's youth fitness program.

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.  To read our cancellation policy, see below.  You have the option to purchase Registration Protector for $7.00 from Active.com during the registration process on the payment page.  To learn more, click HERE.
  • Long sleeve ASICS technical fabric shirt in gender specific sizing, featuring an original design.
  • Unique ceramic medallion created by Kathleen Kelly Designs for participants finishing within the official time limit
  • Food and drink at the start and finish
  • Souvenir Race Program & Weekend Guide
  • Free Expo and informational race clinics
  • Bus transportation to the start in Big Sur and from the finish to your morning departure location (both on the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur)
  • Results online and in Monday's Monterey County Herald (a free copy will be sent to participants in the Marathon and 21-Miler and to Relay captains living outside of the Monterey Peninsula) 
  • 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. No eBay or Craig's List sale of bibs. No bandits. It's for charity, remember?

RACE DATE: April 26, 2015

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, or the event time changed due to circumstances beyond our control,  there are no refunds or rollovers. You may not sell, transfer or give your bib to another person.  There are NO exceptions.

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

Your 2015 entry fee IS NOT TRANSFERABLE to 2016
. 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.


ACTIVE Network has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance to provide event organizers and participants with "Registration Protector." If a participant misses the event for a covered reason, they can have their registration fees reimbursed. Covered reasons include injury, illness, job loss, transportation delays, military/family legal obligations and more. Race cancellation is not covered. To contact Allianz call 888.497.6987.


While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher's awards can be impacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course.  It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.

If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in all Big Sur events for a period of one year.  The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any official results.


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 Promotions folder as our eBlast or eNewsletter may not land in your inbox.  Communications are sent via Constant Contact.  If you have opted out of Constant Contact in the past, you will not receive them.  However, communications can be viewed in our Archives.

CONFIRMATION: 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 24 hours after entry by going to the "Entry Confirmation" link and entering your last name only.


Marathon shirts by ASICS are gender specific, technical fabric, long sleeve shirts. 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"
START:  The marathon begins at the Pfeiffer Multi-use Facility in Big Sur.  To view a map of the start area, click HERE.

The course is from Big Sur to Carmel on scenic Highway One, 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 14 mpm pace. Sorry, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions. Due to the nature of the course, wheelchairs are strongly discouraged. If you need special accommodations, call 831.625.6226.

To view the marathon course map and elevation chart, click HERE.

Start elevation: 356'
Finish elevation:  10'
Total elevation gain:  +2,182'
Total elevation loss:   -2,528'

(For 2015 Aid
Station locations, click HERE)

There will be water (in cups or you can fill your own bottle at CamelBak Refill) and Gatorade at all aid stations.  There will be fruit at later stations. GU will be available at stations 5 (mile 12.2) and 9 (mile 18.7). Aid station locations are as  follows:

#1:  Mile 2.6
#2:  Mile 5.7
#3:  Mile 7.8
#4:  Mile 10.4
#5:  Mile 12.2
#6:  Mile 13.9
#7:  Mile 15.4
#8:  Mile 17.1
#9:  Mile 18.7
#10: Mile 20.2
#11: Mile 21.2
#12: Mile 23.0
#13: Mile 24.8

There will also be water in cups at the start and finish.


Bib chip timing is provided by South Valley Endurance.  During the race, split times, race pace and predicted finish time will be called at each mile marker. There will be split mats near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 22 and 24.2.

ELITE RUNNERS A runner is eligible for elite status with a time under 2:30 for men and 3:00 for women.  To inquire about running Big Sur as an elite, contact the Elite Coordinator Steve Butler at ssssbutler@hotmail.com.

To be eligible for overall and divisional awards, one must show a time for all split timing mats located on the course.  These will be near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 22 and 24.2.

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. ASICS shoe certificates go to all first place overall and division winners.  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 Runner
  • Clydesdale (male over 195 lbs.), and Bonnydale (female over 150 lbs.)
  • Active Military
  • Mozartic (trained in an area that has an annual snowfall of 24 inches or more)

Awards will be given five deep to both male and female participants in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge based on the fastest combined Boston and Big Sur times.

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.

The awards ceremony will begin at 11:30 AM in the finish area (time subject to change).

COURSE RECORDS: Male: Brad Hawthorne, 1987, 2:16:39
Female: Svetlana Vasilyeva, 1996, 2:41:34
ENTRY LIMITS AND QUALIFICATIONS: Limited to 4,500 qualified entrants (must be 16 years or older, in good health and well trained.) The 4,500 includes runners in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge and the Runner's World Challenge.  BSIM is a challenging course with a cut-off time of 1:00 PM, approximately 6 hours from the time the last starter cross the start mat in Big Sur. 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! 
USA Track & Field has amended Rule 144.3, which pertains to the use of headphones and other electronic devices, to enable race directors to choose to allow the use of headphones by runners in non-championship races.  The rule now reads:

"The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed:

The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices."

Our organization will allow the use of Ipods and other headphone devices by those not competing for prize money or divisional awards.  We continue to stress that by 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.  Because the right lane of Highway 1 is open to vehicular convoys the safety of our participants 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.

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/9-Miler start area can be constructed on the roadway. Therefore, allowing for possible delays, the final buses must leave for the Start by 4:45 am. Because not all buses can leave at the last minute, bus departures are staggered between 3:30 and 4:45 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!