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Running for Charity

Click HERE to view the 2015 Big Sur Marathon Charity Partners

With running on the increase world-wide, many runners are looking not to just get fit, but to achieve new goals and to feel empowered by running "for a cause." A runner decides to compete in a marathon and then asks friends, family and others to sponsor them in support of a great cause. The amount pledged can be a lump sum or a set amount for each mile of the race they complete. In return the charity provides the runner with support during training and on race weekend.

When considering the charity fundraising option, please keep in mind that it is unfair to commit if you have no real intention or realistic possibility of raising the agreed fundraising target. Don't be put off by the amount that has to be raised; fundraising isn't as difficult as you might expect, especially if you start early and get family and friends to help. If possible, look to a charity that has meaning for you...whether in memory of a family member, to support a friend, or because of your own personal experience.

In addition to assisting local charities, the Big Sur International Marathon and Half Marathon on Monterey Bay offer opportunities for additional charities to use our marathon and half marathon events as "goal races" to raise money for specific causes.  Potential charity partners need to keep in mind that there are strict time limits for both the Marathon (6-hours) and Half Marathon (3 1/2 hours).

Our organization has reached the limit on the number of charity partners we will be accepting for the 2015 event.           
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Find out what charities are involved with the Real Buzz program-coming soon!

2015 Big Sur International Marathon Official Charity Partners 
For 2015, we welcome the following charities.  To learn more about a charity, or to sign-up with the charity as a fund-raiser, click on the charity's logo belowl  Joining us in 2015 are Lazarex Cancer Foundation,  ZERO: The End of Prostate Cancer, Boomer Esiason Foundation, Inheritance of Hope, Team in Training, Children of Peru, Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.



ZERO: To End Prostate Cancer

 Boomer Esiason Fdn  

Inheritance of Hope

Team In Training 

 Children of Peru

       Semper Fi Logo


Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy


Big Sur's JUST RUN! Youth Fitness Program

The Big Sur Marathon is committed to promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles.  For the past ten years, this organization has focused on and channeled funding into its nationally acclaimed youth fitness program, JUST RUN®. 

Beginning on July 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM PDT, there will be 300 JUST RUN marathon entries available.  The entry fee is $300, with $150 of this a charitable donation to JUST RUN.  These entries will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.

Promoting physical activity, pride, and good citizenship, JUST RUN has several education components as well.  When registering for a Big Sur event, we invite you to make a tax deductible donation to JUST RUN.  For more information on the JUST RUN program, contact Susan Love at susan@bsim.org.

Running For A Reason
In addition to staging world-class running events, a major focus of the non-profit Big Sur International Marathon is "giving back" to the local community through grants and charitable contributions.  Since its inception in 1986, the Marathon has donated over $3 million to schools and community organizations in Monterey County.  Each year, approximately 90 grants and awards are distributed form the proceeds of the Big Sur International Marathon.  To see a list of grant recipients, click HERE.