Overall Rating
Overall Rating (160 Reviews)
4.8
(160 Ratings)(160 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.2
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.1
Runner’s World’s Bart Yasso has called it the “Must do in your lifetime” marathon. The Big Sur Int’l Marathon offers a course that features incredible beauty as well as a real challenge for most runners and faster walkers. Staged entirely on Hwy 1, runners are treated to panoramic views of … MORE
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    gabring REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Even though it is challenging, the difficulty of the course fades away when you look to your left at stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The volunteers, entertainment, and fellow … MORE

    Even though it is challenging, the difficulty of the course fades away when you look to your left at stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The volunteers, entertainment, and fellow runners all make this marathon an A+ event. Looking forward to going back again and again.

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    5
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    runmama FIRST-TIMER '19

    I highly recommend. I was blessed enough to be a Boston 2 Big Sur Finisher. I stayed in Monterey and it was perfect. There was so much to do. The … MORE

    I highly recommend. I was blessed enough to be a Boston 2 Big Sur Finisher. I stayed in Monterey and it was perfect. There was so much to do. The Monterey Airport is only a few miles away and the Casa Munras Hotel was about a block from bus pickup, across from Trader Joes and an easy walk to the Expo and Pier. I really wish I’d stayed longer to take in more of what Monterey has to offer, but I still did a lot! The weather is usually perfect. We had a perfect cloudy day with cooler temps. It was a serene experience and I was surprised I didn’t miss the big crowds I’m used to from Boston and Chicago etc. Of my 25 marathons, this was no doubt the toughest, but 13 after Boston I just took it easy and enjoyed the course. I walked up HP and about half the other inclines. I saved my legs to have good downhills. For B2B, you can’t beat it. The medal, the jacket, the spread under a big tent that looks over the finish line. It’s own porto johns! We were very spoiled. One thing is this is a bit different than a big marathon, like Boston, in which so many runners go alone and meet others. It was more of a family and group scene and I went alone. So plan for that. Also, that same bus depot across from Trader Joes has a bus that goes to the airport. It’s so convenient, but I didn’t know about it. The expo was nice. The Race Director and staff were accessible and super supportive and friendly. I liked the clinics at the expo. Did I mention the course is absolutely breathtaking???

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    chrispydct FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race absolutely holds up to needing to be on every runner's bucket list. What a smoothly operated race with lots of excitement and fun. Don't skip this race if … MORE

    This race absolutely holds up to needing to be on every runner’s bucket list. What a smoothly operated race with lots of excitement and fun.

    Don’t skip this race if you have a chance to run it. While the views are normal for a coastal Californian, you’ll still love the atmosphere of the runners.

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    DisneyRunner FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is one of the best executed races I have ever participated in. Everything from the pre-race communications to the event transportation and aid stations was well organized. The course … MORE

    This is one of the best executed races I have ever participated in. Everything from the pre-race communications to the event transportation and aid stations was well organized. The course itself was very beautiful, but extremely challenging for someone used to running on flat courses in Florida. I was on my way to easily setting a PR until the last few miles of rolling hills and twisting roads took their toll on me. Overall, I loved the race and highly recommend it.

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    enigma20 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Such a great course. Be prepared to get to the buses early and for a bit of a wait until the start. Time goes quickly though. The Taiko drummers and … MORE

    Such a great course. Be prepared to get to the buses early and for a bit of a wait until the start. Time goes quickly though.
    The Taiko drummers and pianist are at critical points early in the race and a nice distraction.
    The late stages of the race get tough as the scenery changes and the hills keep coming.
    Overall, a great experience. Worth the pain for the views. It should be on everyone’s bucket list.

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    johzin FIRST-TIMER '19

    Prepare for a tough course, and it may not feel so tough. Cheer every volonteer, performer and onlooker and you will get so much energy back. Stop when you reach … MORE

    Prepare for a tough course, and it may not feel so tough. Cheer every volonteer, performer and onlooker and you will get so much energy back. Stop when you reach Hurricane point and take it all in! Join pacers for support to reach tour desired finnish time – the pacers I ran together with were amazing, best ever!
    Stay in the finnish area a while and enjoy. Bring your own bottle or fluid system to refill at aid stations, and you will have fluid available whenever you need and also save on singles use cups. Bring camera and take pictures – this may be a once in a lifetime experience.

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    dwhitehorse FIRST-TIMER '19

    The course is easily the most scenic and also one of the most challenging courses there is. Organizations were great, course support was adequate and plenty of cheering fans right … MORE

    The course is easily the most scenic and also one of the most challenging courses there is. Organizations were great, course support was adequate and plenty of cheering fans right when you needed them. If you are looking for an unparalleled race experience this is your race!!!

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    mercedesmiller FIRST-TIMER '19

    I can't say enough how amazing this event was for me and for my husband, who spectated. I have run over a dozen marathons with 6 of them being the … MORE

    I can’t say enough how amazing this event was for me and for my husband, who spectated. I have run over a dozen marathons with 6 of them being the Boston Marathon and Big Sur is right up there as one of my favorite marathons ever! This event was so beautifully executed from start to finish. From the informative pre-race emails that got me focused and inspired to the amazing expo in a beautiful location, to the experience of bouncing around Monterrey and Carmel, I loved every second of my time running the Big Sur Marathon before, during, and after! The volunteers were amazing, the water stops were placed perfectly along the course. The music on the course was superb and even dream-like at times. It was a dream come true for me to run here and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to enter the lottery and win a slot! My husband and I both loved this event. We loved the approachability of it. He loved being able to see me DIRECTLY after the finish, unlike in Boston. The staff does an amazing job, and this is a DO NOT MISS RACE for any marathoner. Ever since I first started doing marathoners in 2007, I wanted to run this. Over a decade later, I finally have run it and I will never forget it. Yes, the course is challenging. Yes, the hills are grueling up and down. But the rewards far outweigh any pain I may have had in my legs. The views, the city, the food, the wine…this is a top notch event in a top notch area… there is nothing like it!

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    kbrown517 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my second time running Big Sur. Two years ago, I chose it as my first marathon and I think it was the best decision. It is a very … MORE

    This is my second time running Big Sur. Two years ago, I chose it as my first marathon and I think it was the best decision. It is a very tough marathon but the views are unmatched and everything from the registration to the expo to the aid stations and volunteers runs smoothly. The race directors give their personal touch as well as the grizzled vets who’ve run the race every year and share their love of the race at the expo. The experience is just incredible in every bit of the process.

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    dinagomaa FIRST-TIMER '19

    Loved almost everything about this race. If you are looking to run any distance less than the 21 miler, know that you'll not get to run the Bixby Creek Bridge. MORE

    Loved almost everything about this race. If you are looking to run any distance less than the 21 miler, know that you’ll not get to run the Bixby Creek Bridge.

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    5
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    young5941 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Plan on giving yourself a extra day or 2 to explore the area. There's so much to see and one day is just not enough time. The weather is amazing … MORE

    Plan on giving yourself a extra day or 2 to explore the area. There’s so much to see and one day is just not enough time. The weather is amazing in late April .

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    whitney.demel REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Those are pretty much the highlights! You obviously know by now that the hills are no joke (it always surprises me when people choose Big Sur as their first marathon... … MORE

    Those are pretty much the highlights! You obviously know by now that the hills are no joke (it always surprises me when people choose Big Sur as their first marathon… although it basically guarantees they’ll PR their next race). The piano at the top of the hill (combined with the views) is by far one of the most magical race moments one could ever have. I don’t ever stop during races to take pictures, but I make exceptions for this race 🙂

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    kassyraelynn FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was very well organzized!! I made a fabulous weekend out of it, also enjoyed the pasta dinner the. Isn’t before and met other runners .. so beautiful can’t … MORE

    This race was very well organzized!! I made a fabulous weekend out of it, also enjoyed the pasta dinner the. Isn’t before and met other runners .. so beautiful can’t compare to any other. Admit I had to walk most of Hurricane point The drummers and pianoist were amazing and was super excited when I arrived to Bixby Bridge. Simply Amazing experience!!

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    ponpis REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It was an awesome experience for the second time. Great views all around of the Pacific Ocean and along the course. Trained hard to be able to get through the … MORE

    It was an awesome experience for the second time. Great views all around of the Pacific Ocean and along the course. Trained hard to be able to get through the rolling hills up to hurricane point to the finished line.

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    chrisw FIRST-TIMER '19

    Beautiful views of the Pacific coast, flawless and well-run event, a race that caters to the runners, INSPIRING and magical!!! An epic experience! TOUGH course - hardest marathon course I’ve … MORE

    Beautiful views of the Pacific coast, flawless and well-run event, a race that caters to the runners, INSPIRING and magical!!! An epic experience! TOUGH course – hardest marathon course I’ve ever run (in about 25 marathons)
    Don’t expect to PR with all the stops, pics, plus challenging course!

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    Randalla FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race was incredible! Beautiful scenery, challenging course, cool gear, and a finishers medal that is unique! It was, by far, the most peaceful and scenic marathon I've ever done! MORE

    This race was incredible! Beautiful scenery, challenging course, cool gear, and a finishers medal that is unique! It was, by far, the most peaceful and scenic marathon I’ve ever done!

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    tmolzer FIRST-TIMER '19

    This course delivers! Spectacular scenery, tough run, and top notch course entertainment and support. Can’t imagine any race can compare. MORE

    This course delivers! Spectacular scenery, tough run, and top notch course entertainment and support. Can’t imagine any race can compare.

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    Mojito REPEAT RUNNER '19

    the views inside Point Lobos are amazing and the hills on the way back are just as challenging as the final hill. The volunteers are the best. The race officials … MORE

    the views inside Point Lobos are amazing and the hills on the way back are just as challenging as the final hill. The volunteers are the best. The race officials are so friendly and connected and concerned about every single runner. The medals as they are every year very unique and special.

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    arielps3 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Course is beautiful. Challenging but rewarding. The waiting for the honey bucket was insanely long. People sometimes confused where the end of the line is. Wish could provide something warm … MORE

    Course is beautiful. Challenging but rewarding. The waiting for the honey bucket was insanely long. People sometimes confused where the end of the line is. Wish could provide something warm to cover before the run. Otherwise, when the race began, everything was smooth and fine!

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    marisashops FIRST-TIMER '19

    Lots of hills, but the scenery makes it all gorgeous. Smooth logistics and great aid station support. You're never alone on the course, which makes getting through that much better. … MORE

    Lots of hills, but the scenery makes it all gorgeous. Smooth logistics and great aid station support. You’re never alone on the course, which makes getting through that much better. Bucket list race!

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