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The Marathon Relay

The 2015 Marathon Relay is SOLD OUT.  To register as a member on an existing team, click HERE

Within the member category is an option to create a team.   This is NOT a valid selection and any teams created here will be canceled.  The member category is for members to join existing teams created prior to October 26th.


For 2015, the Marathon Relay will change from five to four legs and the number of available team spots drops slightly to 200.  These changes help improve participant and volunteer safety by reducing the number of runners and buses on or waiting alongside the course.  Legs 1-3 remain at 4.8, 5 and 7.2 miles. Leg 4 will be the longest, at 9.2 miles.

Another change for 2015 is that team members will each have their own unique bib number, rather than one team bib number for all four members.

Please note that the relay is not designed for individual runners wanting to do the marathon.

TEAM ENTRY FEE  $310 from 8/1/14 through 12/29/14
$340 from 1/1/15
RACE DATE April 26, 2015
RELAY REGISTRATION Relay registration is a TWO-PART process that involves the creation of a team and then the registration of its members.
PART 1: TEAM CREATION The Relay Team Captain creates a team, determines the team category (i.e. Open Male, Master's Mixed, Corporate, etc.) and pays for the entire team. One person can captain multiple teams. If the Team Captain is planning to run on his/her team, he/she must also register as a member on the team.
PART 2: TEAM MEMBER REGISTRATION Once the Team Captain has created a team, members may join the team individually or the captain may register them. To register as a member go through the same registration link, but choose the MEMBER category rather than the team captain category. Members must be 10 years of age or older to participate. If the captain registers the members, he/she must NOT sign into his/her  active.com account when doing so! Those joining a team must know the team name and password. Those joining a team as members will not be asked for further payment. Once all four members have joined a team, that team name will no longer show in the drop down box of available teams. If a team captain wishes to delete members from a team, email sally@bsim.org .
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. If you "opted out" of having your information shown on the confirmation page when registering, you will be unable to confirm your entry on this page. Entries may be confirmed online after 24 hours by going to the "Entry Confirmation" link and entering your last name only.

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 team registration.  To learn more about this program, 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.


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
Chest    36"-38" 39"-41" 42"-44" 45"-47"

Bib-tag timing will be provided by SVE Timing.  

STARTING PLACE The first leg runner will be bused to the start in Big Sur and all other team members bused directly to their exchange point from Monterey Peninsula College (location subject to change.) After completing your leg, you will be bused back in caravans to the finish line at Rio Road. Buses will depart the exchange points for the finish in coordination with the CHP escorted caravans which may result in very long waits. You do have the option of continuing on foot as well.
FINISH The relay ends at Marathon Finish Village, located at Highway One and Rio Road. 
TEAMS Relay teams consist of a maximum of four team members in the categories listed.  The relay is not designed for individual runners wanting to do the marathon.  Minimum age for participation is 10 years. Team categories include Open Male, Open Female, Open Mixed, Masters Male, Masters Female, Masters Mixed and Corporate. Mixed and Corporate teams require a minimum of one male or one female. For Masters teams, all members must be age 40 or over. The Corporate team is open (any age).  All teams are eligible for awards, even those with fewer than four members. If a team has fewer than four members and one or more members of that team need to run more than one leg, all handoffs must be made at a relay handoff spot, not an arbitrary place on the course. Sorry, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks allowed on the course. No bandits. 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.

AWARDS Each member of the top three teams in each category will receive awards.  Teams with fewer than five members are eligible for awards.  There is no "overall" award for the first team to finish, they are awarded by division only.
GOODIES A technical fabric Asics shirt in gender specific sizing featuring an original design to all entrants, commemorative medallion for all official finishers, and post-race refreshments.
COURSE TIME LIMIT Our permit from the California Dept. of Transportation limits the race to a finishing time of 6 hours, a pace of about 13:45 per mile. The following rules will apply to all participants:

Finishing Time: 6 hours or less
Teams that finish the Big Sur International Marathon in 6 hours or less (tag time) will be presented with the Big Sur International Marathon Relay Finisher's Medallion.

Finishing Time: More than 6 hours
Because Highway One is open to two-way traffic immediately following the official close of the race, 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 22 by 12:00 NOON, he/she will not be allowed to proceed past that point.


Transportation will be provided to finish area for those race participants who have not reached the 22 mile mark in the time allotted.

An early start is not available. The Marathon Relay begins at 6:45 A.M.
RELAY LEGS Below is a course map showing the distance of each relay leg.  The team is responsible for deciding which team member runs which leg.