The 2011 Big Sur International Marathon ran a new and unusual route. Due to issues on Highway One, runners ran an out-and-back course that involved a turnaround at Rocky Creek Bridge and a run through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. This was the first (and may be the only) time the race route has gone through beautiful Point Lobos.
We got some great shots in the park, as well as along the rest of the course. Check out the photos, and read one team's inspirational story of perseverance.
There are thousands of inspiring stories at the Big Sur International Marathon. We met a group with one of those stories in the middle of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.
In 2009, Ann Schrader, Brenda Smart, Rosemary Rovick, Robin Brody and Diana Valenzuela signed up for their first attempt at the Big Sur 9-Miler. After only three miles, they were forced by health issues to drop out of the event. Once again in 2010, they signed up for the Big Sur 9-Miler. That year, they got to the six-mile marker before they reluctantly had to give up.
In 2011, the team signed up once again to walk the 9-Miler. We met them at Point Lobos, where they were just sitting down to take a break. "I think we're going to make it this year," said Rosemary, as the team waved off the official car that had been trailing the 9-Milers, offering assistance. They were kind enough to pose for a photo.
We worked out way back to Rio Road over the next two hours, taking photos along the way. Just a few scant feet from the finish line, we ran into them again! They took a short break so we could take this photo.
Congratulations to Ann, Brenda, Rosemary, Robin and Diana for their first year crossing the finish line at the Big Sur International Marathon! Your story of perseverance is a true inspiration.
We have over 100 more photos of the 2011 Big Sur International Marathon. Did you run any of the events? Take a look at our photo set and see if any of the photos are of you!