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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

2016: 5%
2015: 5.5%
2014: 5.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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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 27th largest in 2014.

This 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 363rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 356th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 97.43 ranks it as the 345th 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 301st fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 23rd 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)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Big Sur International Marathon

5 Stars from 3 Reviews



review of 2016 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2014 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2012 Big Sur International Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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!



Finish Time Equivalent

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