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Big Sur International Marathon Reviews


5.0 Stars from 13 Runners





  

By about 2016


Review


Race Tips

The course is VERY hilly; expect some serious climbs towards the end of the race; expect strong (head-)winds; very scenic course.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You have to wake up very early, buses to start go around 3:30 a.m.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

This is a must bucket-list marathon. If the views don't blow you away, the headwinds (literally) will. Point-to-point marathon that is very challenging. In addition to fighting head-winds, there is the 2-mile climb up Deja-Vu to Hurricane Point that will test you. Then you run down to the bridge with the famous grand piano playing. Views of the ocean are spectacular.


Race Tips

Make sure you can deal with hills. This is not a first-time marathon - experienced marathoners only. Regardless, definitely worth it, if you can make it through the lottery.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You'll need to get up around 2 AM to catch the bus ride to start line. Once you get there, you will wait for a couple of hours in very cold conditions - make sure you bring a jacket to keep warm, prior to the start.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Challenging yet breathtaking course, with great crowd and course support!


Race Tips

This race is more for the experience than for time. Take time to let the scenery sink in, the views are amazing! The course is very hilly but with training you can be sure to finish within the 6 hour strict cut off time.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Absolutely the best views of any marathon, hands down. Starting off and passing through the narrow tree lined road early in the morning then working your way to incredible ocean views of the Pacific Coast, Bixby Bridge, and then on into Carmel, this marathon has it all. Gorgeous!


Race Tips

Difficult with all the hills, and oh yes- Hurricane Point at mile 10 is two miles up, up, up. But with Taiko drum beats to get you started up the hill and music from a baby grand (yes, it is actually there on the side of the road perched high above the Pacific Ocean) to welcome you to the top, you'll make it.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

If you are traveling, get there on Friday and spend all of Saturday in incredible Monterey. But don't overdo it because the buses to the start are leaving earrrrllyyyyy (yes, like in 3:00 am) to get to the start. Take something warm to wear while waiting to start your journey and . . . enjoy.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Beautiful course. Friendly supportive volunteers. Well organized. Wonderful events.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Spectacular Course with incredible views.


Race Tips

Initial 10 miles consists of flats and rolling hills. Mile 10-12 is a steady uphill climb (Hurricane Point) Final 4 miles - rolling hills.


5 / 5 Stars


  Train for hills

By about 2016


Review

Epic scenery. Begins in Redwood Forest, continues along Pacific coast point to point.


Race Tips

Train for hills.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Liked everything about it! The views were amazing.


Race Tips

Slow and steady and keep some energy for the hills!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay in Monterey


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

The most beautiful Marathon in the world!!!


Race Tips

Hills!!! The view is much more beautiful than what you are bring told!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book your hotel in The marathon's web page.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

I first ran Big Sur in 2010; 6 days after running the Boston Marathon. I was obviously tired from Boston, but I was BLOWN away by the beauty of this course. I could not stop smiling. It was amazing. The pre and post race festivities were very well done. Loved the expo as well as the post race party for B2BS runners. Ran it again in 2011. I would do it again in a heartbeat!


Race Tips

Train for those hills. LOTS of hills; especially near the end. Hurricane Point is long (2 miles up and 2 miles down), but you also have to be prepared for the hills in the Carmel Highlands near the end of the race when you are very, very tired. Also - ENJOY the VIEW!!!!!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Loved Hofsas House hotel in Carmel-by-the-Sea . Small little motel within walking distance to countless shops and restaurants. Forge in the Forest, Casanova, Katy's - so many incredible places to eat. You can walk down Ocean Ave to Carmel Beach or explore 17-Mile Drive in Pebble Beach. Make a vacation of it!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2012


Review

Gorgeous but challenging course. You will never run a course like this. Ocean to your left, hills and redwoods to your right. Four years later, I'm still talking about it.


Race Tips

Hills for breakfast! this has rolling hills and a section of camber in the road at the last four miles. It's tough but worth it. Don't run it for a PR, run it for the experience.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Big Sur team has thought of everything on the website. I would go there.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 1990


Review

1st the negative a very early bus ride to the start the positives everything from the unmatched scenery to the great bands and incredible volunteers and oh yeah and this year Sierra Nevada beer. The one Marathon you should not miss.


5 / 5 Stars





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