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Runner's World Challenge


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Runner's World is returning to the Big Sur International Marathon on April 26, 2015 and will be accepting 300 entrants on a first-come, first-served basis. The RW Challenge is an exclusive opportunity to be coached by Bart Yasso, RW's Chief Running Officer, train with the RW editors, get advice from RW experts on training, nutrition and injury prevention, and be treated like a VIP during race weekend at the "best destination marathon" in North America.

Registration for the 2015 Runner's World Challenge is now SOLD OUT!

The $399 entry fee includes:            

  • Your marathon race entry (even when the open marathon has sold out!)
  • A 4-month customized training plan designed by Runner's World Experts with daily and weekly e-mails explaining the workouts for the week ahead
  • A technical t-shirt with the Runner's World Challenge logo in addition to your ASICS BSIM participant shirt
  • Private race packet and event shirt pickup for all Challengers at the Expo during race weekend
  • A catered VIP hospitality tent at the finish with free post-race massages
  • Private buses to the start in Big Sur
  • VIP tent with private bathrooms at the start
  • Access to a private website for Challengers to connect with other runners taking the Challenge and the RW experts on training, nutrition and injury-prevention
  • Your own sweats drop van at the start that will take your sweats directly to your VIP tent at the finish
  • A copy of one of the following:                 
    "Going Long:  Legends, Oddballs, Comebacks & Adventures" edited by David Willey  Going Long  "The Runner's World cookbook" edited by Joanna Sayago Golub, foreward by Olympian Deena Kastor  The Runner's World Cookbook "The Runner's World BIG BOOK of Marathon and Half Marathon Training" by Jennifer Van Allen, Bart Yasso, and Amby Burfoot  The Runner's World BIG BOOK of Marathon and Half Marathon Training
  • The opportunity to book your accomodations at the luxurious Portola Hotel & Spa, the RW Challenge Host Hotel (see below)
  • An opportunity to hang out with Bart Yasso, and the editors of Runner's World for a VIP weekend.

NEW FOR 2015:  The Runner's World Challenge Guest Pass*
During registration you will have the opportunity to purchase one or more guest passes, each of which grants your guest access to the RW Challenge VIP tent just steps from the finish line of the 2015 Big Sur International Marathon.  The tent is stocked with snacks and drinks so your guest(s) can enjoy themselves as they sit back, relax, and wait for their runner to finish.  Guest passes can also be purchased at a later date by emailing sally@bsim.org.

*One pass per guest.  This offer is open only to guests of Runner's World Challenge athletes.             


Once registration has opened you can confirm your registration details by clicking the link below and, once on the page, enter your LAST NAME ONLY.  If you "opted out" during registration you will not be able to view your registration information on this site.
If you feel you are registered and don't see your name, call Active.com at 877.228.4881.
To correct any incorrect information, email sally@bsim.org.
RWC confirmation

Portola Hotel & Spa

Portola Hotel & Spa
The Portola Hotel & Spa will be the official host hotel for the Runner's World Challenge.  Join RW editors and other challengers for a Saturday morning shake-out run, fun social gatherings, a pre-race chat with Bart and the editors, private bus transportation to the start and more.  Located next to the Health & Fitness Expo and just steps from Fisherman's Wharf and the Monterey Bay, the Portola Hotel & Spa is at the center of the action during race weekend. This relaxing waterfront retreat offers a newly renovated complimentary fitness center featuring state-of-the-art Cybex equipment and an outdoor plunge pool. Take some time before or after the marathon to rejuvenate at the Spa on the Plaza, Monterey's #1 full-service day spa.

Room Type:  Portola King or Double/Double single or double occupancy.  Two night minimum stay required.  Rates from $245.

To reserve your room at the Portola Hotel & Spa click HERE.

Questions about the Challenge?  Call 831.625.6226 or email sally@bsim.org