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An open letter from the Big Sur Marathon to our participants, friends, and the running community

2015 Big Sur International Marathon Registration Procedures

Lottery applications being accepted July 29 through August 6

Our four open registration periods are now complete.  We will accept lottery applications beginning Tuesday, July 29, at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) through Wednesday, August 6 at 11:59 PM PDT.

Registration slots for the Runner's World Challenge, JUST RUN marathon, and the 21-Miler are also sold out.

Here are a few important things to know about the lottery:

  • All lottery applicants will pay a non-refundable $1.07 lottery application fee.  This is required to process your application and to have have your payment information on file.
  • Registration Protector is not available for the lottery
  • There is no limit to the number of applicants in the lottery but individuals may enter the lottery only once. If you register more than once, the duplicates will be voided with no refund of the processing fee.
  • It doesn't matter when you enter the lottery during the July 29 - August 6 period.
  • All lottery applicants will be notified of selection status on Monday, August 11 via email from Active.com.  We will also post the list of selected applicants on our website under the registration tab.
  • The 500 marathon applicants selected will be automatically charged the $150 marathon entry fee plus Active.com's processing fee.
  • If you are selected, you are automatically entered in the marathon; there is nothing more you will need to do or complete.  You can also confirm your entry via the Entry Confirmation page if you didn't "opt out" during the registration process.   Please note that there are no refunds, transfer, deferrals, or downgrades to other distances that are sold out.
  • Anyone wishing to withdraw from consideration in the lottery must notify us no later than 9 AM PDT on Thursday, August 7.  Send withdrawal notification by email to sally@bsim.org.

5 things you should know before registering for the Big Sur International Marathon

Registration for the other April distance events (10.6-Miler, 9-Miler, 5K and Saturday's By the Bay Kids' 3K) is currently open and ongoing on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.  These events will sell-out so early registration is recommended.  For an ongoing "percentage full" check the Event News & Update section on the homepage.

Registration for the Relay will open August 1 at 7 AM PDT.

Registration for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge will open after registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon closes.  The date will be announced late September.

If you have any questions about registration, please email sally@bsim.org.  for general race questions, email info@bsim.org or doug@bsim.org or call 831.625.6226 during normal business hours. 

2015 Big Sur International Marathon Registration Plan and Schedule: 

Four First-Come, First-Served Registration Periods, 625 Entries available at Each    

  • Tuesday, July 15, at 10 AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)
  • Saturday, July 19, at 11 AM PDT
  • Wednesday, July 23, at 5 PM PDT
  • Sunday, July 27, at 4 PM PDT

Following the four first-come, first-served registration periods, we will begin a lottery for 500 entries.

  • We will accept lottery applications Tuesday, July 29 from 10 AM PDT through Wednesday, August 6, at 11:59 PM PDT.
  • All lottery applicants will pay a small, non-refundable lottery processing fee of $1.
  • All lottery applicants will be notified of selection status on Monday morning, August 11.
  • Those selected will be automatically charged the $150 marathon entry fee (plus the Active.com processing fee of $11.38).           

JUST RUN Charity Entries 

  • 300 JUST RUN charity entries will be available first-come, first-served for $300 starting July 15, at 10 AM PDT.
  • The additional $150 is a charitable contribution to our JUST RUN youth fitness program. 

Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge 

  • Registration for 400 B2B Challenge entries will be first-come, first-served and open the day after registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon closes.  This is expected to be late September or October 2014. 
  • If you intend to enter B2B, please do not enter the regular marathon.
  • For more information on B2B, click HERE.

Runner's World Challenge 
Registration for the 300 Runner's World Challenge training and VIP weekend packages will be first-come, first-served beginning in Early July.  Click HERE for more information.

Locals' Last Chance In-Person Registration 
Monterey County residents and Monterey County active military will have a final chance to register (quantity TBD) in person on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 10 AM at Treadmill in the Crossroads Carmel shopping center.  Proof of Monterey County residency is required (driver's license, utility bill, etc.)

Charity and Tour Group Entries 
A limited number of charity and tour group entries will be available at a higher price and/or with a fund-raising element included.  Click HERE for details on our charity partnership program.

Entry Fees 
Most entry fees are unchanged from 2014.  Click HERE for a complete list of fees for all events.

Thank you for your interest in our event.  If you have questions about registration, call 831.625.6226 or email sally@bsim.org.

Doug Thurston, Race Director
Big Sur International Marathon
Email:  doug@bsim.org

If you experience a problem registering online, contact Active.com at 877.228.4881.  For other registration concerns or questions, email sally@bsim.org.

As part of our green initiatives we do not offer a paper entry form.  If you wish to pay by check, contact sally@bsim.org or call 831.625.6226.  There will be a $10 administrative fee for this service.

Before registering, please review the course time limit for the marathon by clicking HERE.

After 2015 registration opens you can confirm your entry after 24 hours by clicking on one of the buttons below (either BSIM events or the Runner's World Challenge).  Once on the page, enter LAST NAME ONLY to bring up your registration details.

If you "opted out" of having your registration details shown on the confirmation page at the time you registered, you will be unable to view your information.  To opt back in, email sally@bsim.org.

Entry Confirmation Button 

RWC confirmation