Overall Rating
Overall Rating (125 Reviews)
4.9
(125 Ratings)(125 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.2
SCENERY
5
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4.6
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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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    rickyo FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race is incredible. Incredible hard. Incredible scenery. Incredible people. Incredible time. I was able to navigate the hills ok which everybody warned me about but what killed me was … MORE

    The race is incredible. Incredible hard. Incredible scenery. Incredible people. Incredible time.
    I was able to navigate the hills ok which everybody warned me about but what killed me was what the curves did to my ankles. I will do this again as finishing it is on my bucket list.

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    alpacquing FIRST-TIMER '18

    It's an awesome, challenging course since this is my Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. I'm glad I got it done. One and done! *************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** … MORE

    It’s an awesome, challenging course since this is my Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge. I’m glad I got it done. One and done! **********************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************

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    kalinarun FIRST-TIMER '18

    Beautiful and hilly course. Challenging but worth running it. Organization and information of the race was perfect. I had no issues getting around and finding everything. MORE

    Beautiful and hilly course. Challenging but worth running it. Organization and information of the race was perfect. I had no issues getting around and finding everything.

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    zimnukhov FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race scenery is as beautiful as it gets. The course is, indeed, hilly - however it seems that all the reviews and official information are tuned to intimidate the runners. … MORE

    Race scenery is as beautiful as it gets. The course is, indeed, hilly – however it seems that all the reviews and official information are tuned to intimidate the runners. Overall elevation gain is not that much more than some less flat city races. There is, however, Hurricane point climb, but it is manageable with proper planning. What is really hard and should not be underestimated is headwind. Also, the road is tilted in quite a few parts and this can be hard on your feet, so be prepared.

    This race is hard(lottery!) and expensive to get into, so you may want to look into some of the other spectacular courses(this isn’t the only one), but if you have a chance to run it – don’t miss under any circuimstances.

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    tehphil FIRST-TIMER '18

    Pay attention to day-of logistics. Getting up at 2:30 AM and getting to the shuttle and then waiting at the start line for 2 hours was almost as hard as … MORE

    Pay attention to day-of logistics. Getting up at 2:30 AM and getting to the shuttle and then waiting at the start line for 2 hours was almost as hard as the run. The course is incredibly beautiful, there is nothing like it out there. This isn’t a PR-friendly course, so just enjoy the run.

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    ryancollier23 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I missed having the support from spectators but that’s the only thing I didn’t like about it. Honestly, I didn’t even notice that there weren’t any spectators on the course … MORE

    I missed having the support from spectators but that’s the only thing I didn’t like about it. Honestly, I didn’t even notice that there weren’t any spectators on the course I was so distracted by the beautiful views.

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    costoich REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Don’t use all your energy getting to hurricane point because there are plenty of hills in the last few miles running through the highlands. MORE

    Don’t use all your energy getting to hurricane point because there are plenty of hills in the last few miles running through the highlands.

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    swcheng15 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I did the relay and did legs 2 and 3. Beautiful course, though it was overcast that day. Lots of rolling hills in leg 2 and of course leg 3 … MORE

    I did the relay and did legs 2 and 3. Beautiful course, though it was overcast that day. Lots of rolling hills in leg 2 and of course leg 3 had the biggest hill of them all. Aid stations were plentiful and there were medical staff throughout the course. It was very well ran. The only issue was waiting for the relay bus to leave at the end of leg 3. I didn’t make it on the earlier 3 buses, and had to wait until the buses from previous legs passed us. Also, the traffic back into the finish line was busy, as we were behind the truck that picked up the cones. Otherwise it was great.

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    emb1543 FIRST-TIMER '18

    If you're going to do this race definitely train for hills because t=otherwise the last few miles will be really rough like I discovered. The weather was great and the … MORE

    If you’re going to do this race definitely train for hills because t=otherwise the last few miles will be really rough like I discovered. The weather was great and the route along highway one was fantastic. Also the shirts that they give out are really nice because they are actually shaped to fit runners.

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    glat1000 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was a fabulous race. The course is phenomenal. Very well organized and every thing went smoothly. I have run numerous marathons and this is by far my favorite MORE

    This was a fabulous race. The course is phenomenal. Very well organized and every thing went smoothly. I have run numerous marathons and this is by far my favorite

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    bradr998 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Good logistics and great local support from EMS, Fire, and all the volunteers. Great water aid stations along the course. However the app used to track runners seems to have … MORE

    Good logistics and great local support from EMS, Fire, and all the volunteers. Great water aid stations along the course. However the app used to track runners seems to have many glitches. When tracking a fellow runner, two different check points, and finish time didn’t display until hours after the race. This created medical concerns and contact friends and relatives and creating unnecessary anguish. Please fix the tech, fix the app, and test it prior to having any more races.

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    M_Sohaskey May 16, 2018 at 4:30pm

    Brad, thanks for your review! Though I'm sorry to hear you had issues with the app. We shared your feedback with the organizers, and here's their response: "Thank you for your comment. Runner tracking and other apps that rely on cellular service or wifi are difficult to maintain during our race due to the lack of reception along Highway 1. Stretches of the course are completely dark, and while there are pockets of reception here and there for some providers, it is often not strong enough to maintain real-time updating apps. We appreciate your comment and realize that the lack of data can cause undue alarm for those following runners on the course. We will be increasing our communication to participants to alert them to the lack of cell reception along the course and high probability for delayed data."

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    wenerson FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was by far the most physically challenging marathon I have ever done. The scenery made it all worth it! The course is beautiful. The race organizers did an amazing … MORE

    This was by far the most physically challenging marathon I have ever done. The scenery made it all worth it! The course is beautiful.
    The race organizers did an amazing job coordinating the entire event. We are arrived in Big Sur in enough time to prepare for the race. There was ample food, water, coffee and other supplies for runners pre-race. The course was well supported with water, gatorade, gu and medical personnel. Overall, they did an fantastic job.

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    mkjeung REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The Big Sur Marathon is about the journey. Epic cliffs, ocean waves, coastal breezes and rolling hills make you feel alive. The race and community are small and close-knit and … MORE

    The Big Sur Marathon is about the journey. Epic cliffs, ocean waves, coastal breezes and rolling hills make you feel alive. The race and community are small and close-knit and supportive, which add to the best marathon weekends I’ve had so far.

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    Great race! Highly reccomend to snyone but the hills are no joke. I signed up to do the relay but ended up running 21 miles. They let you keep going … MORE

    Great race! Highly reccomend to snyone but the hills are no joke. I signed up to do the relay but ended up running 21 miles. They let you keep going as far as you can before unless you get swept.

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    benjmahon FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is definitely hilly, but it's the hills in the back half that are hardest. Hurricane Point is a long climb, but the views are so spectacular, that as … MORE

    The course is definitely hilly, but it’s the hills in the back half that are hardest. Hurricane Point is a long climb, but the views are so spectacular, that as long as you pace yourself you’ll actually enjoy going up (and you get a nice 2 mile decline after). Expect some wind, and because its a rural marathon you won’t get the crowd support you get at big city runs. There is the occasional band which was nice. The race starts out straight downhill, so make sure to pace yourself!

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    runner28 FIRST-TIMER '18

    I have had the opportunity to run the Boston, Chicago, and New York City marathons but there was something incredibly special and rewarding about running the Big Sur marathon. The … MORE

    I have had the opportunity to run the Boston, Chicago, and New York City marathons but there was something incredibly special and rewarding about running the Big Sur marathon. The race was very well organized with friendly and helpful volunteers! The scenery was truly breathtaking and although the course was challenging with hills I was so proud of finishing under four hours!

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    jnederveld FIRST-TIMER '18

    The course is beautiful though note that almost the entire course is comprised of rolling hills, the longest of which is a hill that last for 2 miles. Course was … MORE

    The course is beautiful though note that almost the entire course is comprised of rolling hills, the longest of which is a hill that last for 2 miles. Course was fairly windy.

    Aid station support is good, and you even get some strawberries near the end. Overall, very well run race.

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    jlui23 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This is a must-do race for all runners. The view of the ocean on your left the whole way and green mountainside on your right. It is not an easy … MORE

    This is a must-do race for all runners. The view of the ocean on your left the whole way and green mountainside on your right. It is not an easy course with the hills and headwind; however, it is a memorable one. If you don’t plan to go race pace, I would recommend bringing a camera to take some photos. Enjoy the strawberries at one of the last aid stations. Drink some minestrone soup at the finish line to replenish yourself after completing the race. At the start line, bring something warm to wear.

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    tofububble FIRST-TIMER '18

    I knew that I wanted to sign up for a full marathon at some point and I knew that whatever marathon I signed up for, that it might be the … MORE

    I knew that I wanted to sign up for a full marathon at some point and I knew that whatever marathon I signed up for, that it might be the only marathon I’ll ever run. Therefore, I knew I had to sign up for the Big Sur International Marathon. I knew it would be pretty, but wow, I was blown away. I’ve run about 5 half marathons before this race, and this definitely was the most beautiful.

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    jgfazzi FIRST-TIMER '18

    What a beautiful race! Everything was very well organized; the expo, the buses, the pre-race facilities, the aide stations, and the finish line were all wonderful. The views were breath-taking. … MORE

    What a beautiful race! Everything was very well organized; the expo, the buses, the pre-race facilities, the aide stations, and the finish line were all wonderful. The views were breath-taking. The hills were challenging. The experience was OUTSTANDING!

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