Facebook Twitter

**Attention** Pace Band Orders for Races February 25-26
There will be very limited shipping next week from 2/20 to 2/23. Please place your order for these races by 2/18..

We Need Your Help!!

We are creating a Marathon Time Predictor Tool utilizing scientific research and data from individual runners' races and training.

Please take 3-4 minutes and complete our Questionnaire to help build this tool. Thank you.

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, April 30, 2017
2016: Sunday, April 24, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Hilly
Type: Point to Point
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 54°F (12°C)
Average High: 61°F (16°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 97.43
Course Score: 97.43

Race Size

2016: 3,238 Finishers
2015: 3,430 Finishers
2014: 3,339 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 5%
2015: 5.5%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

Marathon Pace Bands & Elevation Wrist Bands

See what splits you need to run for the Big Sur International Marathon or other marathons, adjusted for the specific terrain of each marathon, your goal time and pacing strategies.

Create and Order your Waterproof, Snap-on Pace Band for only $6.99.

Course Description

The point-to-point Big Sur International Marathon features rolling hills and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.

The first half of the course is less hilly than the second half. However, the first section does include the infamous Hurricane Point. A significant uphill grade that will challenge runners.

Marathon Rankings

The Big Sur International Marathon was the 23rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 23rd largest in 2015.

Last year 5% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.5% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Big Sur International Marathon the 385th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 361st highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 97.43 ranks it as the 347th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 29th fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Big Sur International Marathon a PR Score of 97.43. This PR Score ranks it as the 305th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 24th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 578 feet (176m)
Min Elevation: 8 feet (2m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Big Sur International Marathon

5 Stars from 4 Reviews

review of 2016 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2016 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2014 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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.

review of 2012 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


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!

Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Big Sur International Marathon in 4:32:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.