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Marathon Drawings for 2017

With unprecedented demand for entries, registration for the April 30, 2017 Big Sur International Marathon will be conducted as a series of random drawings. Registration for the drawings will begin on July 15, 2016 at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time. There are five separate random drawing opportunities.  If you are interested in running our marathon, you will have multiple chances to secure a place at the starting line!  

For information on other Marathon registration options (outside the drawing) and special entry categories, click HERE.

For information on other April 2017 BSIM events (21-Miler, Relay, etc.), click on an event distance under the Event Information tab below the event logo at the top of this page. Registration for these events opens September 1, 2016.

Michael Martinez at Bixby Bridge



                                   THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU ENTER                                   THE BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON


If you have not run our race before, please keep these things in mind before registering:

A. There is a strict 6-hour finish time limit. This is a pace of 13:45 per mile (8:33 per km). This is part of our permit to use Highway 1 and is non-negotiable.

• Big Sur is a challenging course with numerous hills and frequent head winds. Many runners consider our race a good 10-20 minutes slower than flatter and less windy events. In addition, many runners stop to take pictures, adding to their times. Plan accordingly with your training and pacing plans.

• Marathon runners who do not maintain a 13:45 per mile pace at all times may be removed from the course at any time for safety.

• There are time cut-offs along the course based on finishing under six hours. Runners who reach these locations after the posted times will be transported to the finish area and will not receive a finish time or medallion. Those who do not reach mile 21.2 by 11:50 AM will be stopped and transported by bus back to the finish.

• Official finish times, medallions, certificates, and post-race refreshments are only available for runners who finish under six hours (chip time).

B. There are no entry refunds, transfers or deferments. Registration Protector, a third-party insurance policy, will be available for purchase during registration. 

C. We do not allow headphones, earbuds, iPods, etc. on the course for safety reasons.

If you understand these conditions and are ready to enter for 2017, read on!


We will offer five separate non-guaranteed random selection opportunities for different categories of entrants totaling an estimated 3,000 entries. There is no fee to enter any of the drawings.

A.  Drawing for Groups & Couplesest. 350 entry slots (Registration from July 15-24; results announced July 26)

This drawing is for groups of 2-to-10 people who want to enter only if everyone in the group gets in. 

Each member of the group must enter under the same common group name. For complete details on this category click HERE.

INDIVIDUAL DRAWINGS-You may enter up to three drawing categories, depending on eligibility. See "drawing notes" below.  

B.  Drawing for Loyalty Runners–est. 350 slots (Registration July 29-August 7; results announced August 9)
For those who have finished one or more Big Sur Marathons. During registration, the entrant must indicate the number of official finishes and the year of the most recent Big Sur Marathon finish for verification purposes. 

C.  Drawing for Locals–est. 225 slots (Registration July 29-August 7; results announced August 11) 
For both veteran and first-time marathoners whose primary residence is in Monterey County, CA (939XX zip code). Proof of residency may be required if selected.

D.  Drawing for "Bucket List" First-Timers–est. 1,825 slots (Registration July 29-August 7; results announced August 12)
For those who have never finished the 26.2-mile Big Sur Marathon.

E.  Last Chance Drawing–est. 225 slots (Registration August 19-25; results announced August 26)
For anyone not selected or who didn't participate in earlier drawings. It is for individuals only with no categories for groups or couples.






  • Entry fees are $175 for U.S. runners, $200 for international entrants, and $160 for Monterey County residents
  • There is no fee to enter any of the drawings
  • You may enter a drawing category only one time; duplicate entries will be removed prior to selection.
  • You may be eligible to enter up to three categories. For example, Monterey County residents who have run Big Sur before can enter the Locals and Loyalty categories. If they are not selected, they could then enter the Last Chance drawing.
  • All selections are done by a computer random selection program. The date you apply for a drawing within each registration period has no influence on the odds of being selected. 
  • Those selected in a drawing will be sent a unique registration link by email and will have a limited time to officially register and pay for the race. If you are selected for a drawing and don't receive the registration link, email sally@bsim.org prior to the registration period ending.
  • Questions? Read our FAQ HERE.


  • Marathon Tours & Travel Packages Opens July 15 (est. 140 slots)
    Marathon Tours offers comprehensive travel packages (hotel, airfare, etc.) that include an entry into the Big Sur International Marathon as well as other unique benefits and provisions. 130 marathon and 10 B2B packages will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning on July 1, 2016. Learn more and register at www.marathontours.com.


Marathon Tours

  • Runner's World VIP Opens July 5 (300 slots) SOLD OUT!
    Runner's World VIP (RW VIP) will open July 5 at 9 AM PDT on a first-come, first-served basis. The RW VIP entry fee is $429. RW VIP benefits include a customized training plan, Expo hospitality room, start area heated tent and dedicated restrooms, and finish hospility tent. For details on RW VIP click HERE.


  • JUST RUN Charity Donation Entries SOLD OUT!
    350 first-come, first-served entries will be available on July 15 at 9:00 AM Pacific Daylight Time. The JUST RUN charity fee is $350 for U.S. entrants ($400 for international and $320 for Monterey County residents) with half of that fee a tax-deductible donation to JUST RUN, the Big Sur Marathon's award-winning youth fitness program. 
  • Fundraising for a Big Sur Marathon Charity Partner (est. 300 slots)
    We team up with several worthy charities that provide a marathon race entry to those who successfully raise money for their organization.  Links to our charity partners with details about their fund-raising requirements will be available by July 15, 2016 HERE.
  • Boston 2 Big Sur (B2B) Challenge Random Drawing (400 slots)
    Registration for the drawing to enter the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge will open October 1, 2016 (or following the close of 2017 Boston Marathon registration). The entry fee is $300. Boston and Big Sur are 13 days apart in 2017. Benefits include a B2B training shirt and finish medallion, a custom B2B finisher jacket, a finish hospitality tent and post-race party ticket. You must be already officially registered in the 2017 Boston Marathon (or planning on a Boston charity entry) to apply for B2B.

Boston 2 Big Sur 2017

Registration for all other April, 2017 events will open on September 1 at 9 AM Pacific Daylight Time on a first-come, first-served basis. Our other events are the four-person Marathon Relay, 21-Miler, 10.6-Miler, 12K (formerly the 9-Miler), 5K presented by CHOMP, and By the Bay 3K.