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Big Sur Marathon Training Overview

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.

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Salinas Valley Half Marathon - August 5, 2017

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 and is now part of the Big Sur family of events. To learn more and register, visit salinasvalleyhalfmarathon.org.

Rio Grill's Resolution Run

The 28th Presentation of Rio Grill's Resolution Run - January 1, 2018

A local favorite for 26 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 Coastal Kids Home Care.  To learn more, about this great beneficiary, click HERE.

Registration opens in the fall of 2017.  To learn more, click HERE.

Clif Bar Pace Teams

Clif Pace Teams

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 3:25, 3:35, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30.  To learn more click HERE.  Be sure to visit the Clif Bar Pace Team booth at the Expo for advice on running the Big Sur course, as well as a free Pace Band to keep track of your pace throughout the race!

Big Sur Marathon Training Program

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