Sunday was the 25th running of the Big Sur International Marathon. Our intrepid photographer headed out to take a few photos. (For many more photos, see our Big Sur International Marathon Flickr set.
Yes, that's Pebble Beach in the far background.
Pace runners at the Big Sur International Marathon carry a stick with several balloons on it labeled with the time they are on pace for. This pace runner, shown here near Point Lobos, went the extra mile (no pun intended), exhorting all of the racers around her to push just a little harder.
Big Sur International Marathon's great outfits
Many racers dress up for the Big Sur International Marathon in fun costumes. Here were some of our favorites.
Yes, that's a Na'vi on the right-hand side of the photo.
Many friends band together in unofficial teams for the Big Sur International Marathon.
Willis & Willis racing team.
Team FML took their name from a popular Internet meme whose full name can't be spoken on a family blog.
Many people stand along the road to cheer the racers on.
Runners also come back after they've completed the race to exhort other runners on to the finish line.
After he completed his own marathon, this man walked along the course for at least two hours cheering on other runners. He always had one more person he was waiting to bring in.
The mile markersThe joy of victory
Did all those photos leave you with the urge to get out and run one of your own? You don't have to wait until next year! The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay takes place on November 14, 2010, starting in Monterey and going along the coastline through Pacific Grove. Register today on the Big Sur Half Marathon website, and on November 14 you could get a medallion of your own!