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Training For Big Sur


Our organization offers a variety of training tools, programs and partner organizations. Click below to access information on each.

Big Sur Marathon Partner Events

A Big Sur Marathon Partner Event is a running or walking event promoted by the BSIM as an interesting, challenging, fun, scenic and well administered event that can potentially be participated in as a training race for a Big Sur International Marathon event in April or Half Marathon in November

Portland Marathon

The 42nd Portland Marathon & 3rd Annual Portland Half Marathon - October 6, 2013

For forty years the Portland Marathon has been welcoming participants to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Accolades from Runner’s World Magazine include: Best US Race in October, one of the Ten Greenest Races and the most Walker-Friendly Marathon in the Country.

Both the full and half marathon courses are fast and forgiving, with more entertainment per mile than other events, along with excellent volunteer support, and great goodies at the finish including: a mint-struck proof finisher’s medal, two performance shirts, a challenge coin and pendant, to name just a few!


Related events include a 3-day Event Directors’ College, two-day Sports and Fitness Expo, Kids’ Fun Run & Festival, and on Marathon Day, our 10K Downhill Dash and 10K Family Walk—there’s an event for everyone!


Join us in 2013...but hurry, registration for the full marathon will sell out in early summer. The HALF general registration is closed, but entry is still available through our official charities.To learn more, or to register, go to: portlandmarathon.org


Salinas Valley Half Marathon - August 2, 2014

The Salinas Valley Half Marathon begins in the heart of the valley made famous by John Steinbeck in his novel East of Eden at the historic Soledad Mission.

From the mission, runners head slightly south, then west toward the Santa Lucia Mountains – well-known for vineyards of wine grapes used to produce award-winning pinot noir, chardonnay and syrah – before turning north along the base of the mountains and winding over gently-rolling hills to the west of the Salinas River. On this extremely scenic course, runners will breathe cool, coastal air from the Monterey Bay as they pass fields of row crops and vineyards, before crossing an idyllic finish line among the vines at Pessagno Winery. The course is USATF Certified.

Following the race, a Finish Festival includes wine tastings from Salinas Valley wineries and a delicious BBQ. All finishers receive a unique medallion and technical fabric finisher’s shirt. Overall and age division winners receive unique etched wine bottles.

The Salinas Valley Half Marathon is held annually on the first Saturday each August. To learn more and register, visit salinasvalleyhalfmarathon.org.

 Rio Grill's Resolution Run  The 24th Presentation of Rio Grill's Resolution Run - January 1, 2014

A local favorite for 23 years, the Rio Grill's Resolution Run features a beautiful course that includes trails, roads and stunning water vistas along the way. Held annually on New Year's Day, this family event is a healthy way to start the new year!

The Rio Grill's Resolution Run features both 5K and 10K courses that start in front of Rio Grill at the Crossroads, Carmel (9 AM) and finish next to the Carmel Mission on Rio Road. Walkers, strollers and dogs on a leash are welcome to participate in this event. Your registration fee includes a long-sleeve event shirt, a brunch prepared by Rio Grill and the opportunity to win lots of great prizes in a random prize drawing that follows the brunch.

The Rio Grill's Resolution Fun is a New Year's Day tradition that benefits Natividad Medical Foundation's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To learn more, about this great beneficiary, click HERE.

Registration opens in the fall of 2013. To learn more, click HERE.

Clif Bar Pace Teams

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Clif Pace Group

Reach your Big Sur goals by teaming up with Clif Bar's experienced pace leaders! Supporting runners from the novice to the veteran, joining a pace team is FREE! Goal times include finishes of 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30. To learn more and register, click HERE. Be sure to visit the Clif Bar Pace Team booth at the Expo and pick up advice for running the Big Sur course, as well as a free Pace Band to keep track of your pace throughout the race!

Marathon Training Programs
Active Trainer

Interested in a training program for the Big Sur Marathon or a related event that is just right for you?  Find out more about our online training programs and get started today! 

For more information and to sign up, click HERE

Training Log and Training Route Planner

Training Logs








 Route Planner

The training stats and goals workout log is a cool tool to get you ready for race day 

This tool will allow you to set personal goals and record your training information. 

                Training Stats

It is basically an online logbook allowing you to log daily data for your running, swimming, cycling, walking or gym workout – or all of those if you are that active!

You can display graphs of your training data to help you monitor progress. Plus, if you wish, you can publish these stats in your blog/s so you can share your stats and goals with others.


Plan – and share -- your routes

Fed up trying to estimate the length of your training runs? Then why not use our FREE route finder? You can map out your favorite runs - complete with distances - using specially detailed maps and satellite images. You can save multiple routes and share them with friends and family.

Whether you want to plan road, trail or multi-terrain routes, you'll be able to map them out for your benefit and share them with a growing community of fellow runners!

To start planning your routes today, click here