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The Random Drawings for the 2017 Big Sur Marathon have now concluded. Entries are still available by fundraising for one of our Charity Partners or as part of a travel package with Marathon Tours.
U.S. Entrants $175
Monterey County Residents $160
International Entrants $200
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 from Active.com during the registration process on the payment page.  To learn more, click HERE.
  • Long sleeve 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 of six hours
  • 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 or 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 30, 2017
COURSE TIME LIMIT:  The Big Sur Marathon 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-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.

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 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.


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.


If you wish to downgrade to a shorter distance event in 2017 due to injury, limited training, or other reason, we now have a downgrade request window. Downgrades are limited (all race distances sell-out) and available first-come, first-served between January 15 and February 28, 2017 only.  There is a $30 downgrade administrative fee and original entry fees are non-refundable. To request a downgrade, email sally@bsim.org between January 15 and February 28, 2017. Please provide your original event and your requested event distance.

There will be no further downgrades available after March 1 or race weekend. No exceptions.

PACKET PICK-UP  You must be present to pick up your bib, participant shirt and race packet at the Health & Fitness Expo; you cannot delegate another person to pick-up in your place. Please be sure to make your travel plans accordingly.  

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 All Mail folder as our eBlast or eNewsletter may not land in your inbox.  Communications are sent via Constant Contact or through Active.com.  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 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.
START:  The marathon begins at 6:45 AM at the Big Sur Station in Big Sur.  To view a map of the start area, click HERE.

The course is from Big Sur to Carmel on scenic Highway 1, 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 13:45 pace per mile. 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 not allowed. 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 2016 Aid
Station locations, click HERE)

There will be water (in cups or you can fill your own bottle at the BYOB Refill Stations) 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 16.9
#9:  Mile 18.7
#10: Mile 20.2
#11: Mile 21.2
#12: Mile 23.0
#13: Mile 24.3
#14: Mile 25.1

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


Bib chip timing is provided by South Valley Endurance.  There will be split mats near miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24.

ELITE RUNNERS The Big Sur International Marathon does not offer prize money. Interested elite athletes may contact Race Director Doug Thurston  at doug@bsim.org to see what, if any, provisions may be available. 


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, 17, 21.2 and 24.

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. 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  
  • Active Military

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.

Awards will be given five deep to both male and female participants in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge based on the fastest combined 2017 Boston and Big Sur times.

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 total qualified entrants (must be 16 years or older, in good health and well trained.  BSIM is a challenging course with 6-hour cut-off time (13:45 per-mile pace).  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! 

We do not allow the use of iPods, headphones, ear buds or other MP3 or headphone devices in any of our events. We believe using an audio device will compromise your safety and that of others by hindering your ability to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles or to hear vehicles in the lane next to you or emergency vehicles on the course. You are sharing a narrow lane with runners of different speeds completing different race distances. In addition, there is live traffic in the land-side lane of Highway 1 during the race. You must be aware of your surroundings at all times

Because the safety of all of our participants and volunteers is our first priority, we ask that you leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery, music we provide on the course, and your fellow runners 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 4:30 am. Because not all buses can leave at the last minute, bus departures are staggered between 3:30 and 4:30 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!