Big Sur International Marathon
April 24, 2016
The Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world - and, for runners, the most challenging. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon may draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.
Named "Best Marathon in North America" by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, the Big Sur International Marathon continues to sell out earlier and earlier each year and, as a major destination marathon, draws entrants from all over the world. On their way from Big Sur to Carmel's Rio Road, runners wind through majestic redwoods and past Pacific Ocean views.
Related marathon-day events include a 21-mile power walk, 5K run, 9-mile walk, 10.6-mile walk, marathon relay, and By the Bay 3K.
Health & Fitness Expo
An expansive sports expo takes place for the two days before the run at the Monterey Conference Center. Here racers can pick up their bib and scope out the latest in fitness apparel and equipment. There will also be health and fitness related demonstrations. The expo is open to the public Friday from 12pm-6pm and Saturday from 9am-6pm.
Big Sur International Marathon Hotels
Several hotels in Carmel are all within a short walk or drive of the event. Various campgrounds and campsites are also available within a short distance to the race.