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Big Sur International Marathon
Date late April
Location Big Sur, California
Event type Road
Distance Marathon, 21-mile, 11-mile, 12km, 5km, 3km
Established 1986
Participants 3,486 (2019)

The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon held in California, United States along the Pacific coast. The marathon was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually.

In addition to the marathon, the event usually includes a 21-mile (34 km) race, a relay, a 5 km run and various walks. Runners in the marathon have 6 hours in which to complete it. Since the marathon was first run, over $2m in grants has been disbursed to charities.

The finish line for all events is the Crossroads Shopping Center in Carmel, California. The Marathon begins south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, the Power Walk and 21-mile (34 km) race begin at Andrew Molera State Park, and the 10.6-mile (17.1 km) walk and run begin at Rocky Point Restaurant. The 9-mile (14 km) and 5 km races begin and end at the finish line. The Marathon route follows State Route 1 and crosses the Bixby Creek Bridge at the halfway point. Hurricane Point is the summit of 560 feet between mile markers 10 and 12. There are 11 aid stations along the route.

The 2020 and 2021 editions of the race were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, with all registrants of the 2020 edition receiving a 60% refund and given the option to sign up during a priority registration period for 2022 or 2023.


Year Overall Winner From Time Female Winner From Time
1996 Hector Lopez Los Angeles, CA 2:24:58 Svetlana Vasilyeva Reddick, FL 2:41:34
1997 Srba Nikolic Brooklyn, NY 2:27:51 Kim Marie Goff Gilford, NH 2:57:12
1998 Srba Nicolic Brooklyn, NY 2:21:36 Janina Saxer Zürich, Switzerland 2:46:24
1999 Arsenio Ortiz Ozone Park, NY 2:19:16 Susan Morris Encinitas, CA 2:52:24
2000 Esteban Vanegas Alma, MI 2:27:06 Natalia Solominskaia Vucan-Vude, Russia 2:46:53
2001 Arsenio Ortiz Ozone Park, NY 2:25:38 Janna Malkova Albuquerque, NM 2:46:41
2002 Jonathan Ndambuki Incline Villa, NV 2:18:05 Julieanne White Vista, CA 2:51:10
2003 Jonathan Ndambuki Incline Villa, NV 2:19:59 Julieanne White San Jacinto, CA 2:47:11
2004 Ibrahim Limo Cary, NC 2:26:19 Suzy West Putney, VT 3:10:02
2005 Jonathan Ndambuki Santa Fe, NM 2:23:35 Mary Akor Gardena, CA 2:46:53
2006 Charles Nyakundi Kenya 2:21:43 Mary Coordt Elk Grove, CA 2:59:18
2007 Jeff Gardina Santa Cruz, CA 2:25:48 Michelle Thomas San Luis Obispo, CA 3:02:09
2008 Andy Martin Bend, OR 2:29:50 Kris Lawson Parker, CO 3:00:53
2009 Ryan Hafer Colorado Springs, CO 2:32:17 Mary Coordt Elk Grove, CA 2:56:06
2010 Daniel Tapia Castroville, CA 2:26:09 Veronica Clemens New York, NY 2:55:18
2011 Jesus Campos King City, CA 2:31:54 Beth Woodward Orrville, OH 3:05:05
2012 Adam Roach Pacific Grove, CA 2:32:25 Nuța Olaru Longmont, CO 2:50:08
2013 Adam Roach Monterey, CA 2:27:46 Nuța Olaru Longmont, CO 2:50:02
2014 Michael Wardian Arlington, VA 2:27:45 Nuța Olaru Longmont, CO 2:53:15
2015 Adam Roach Monterey, CA 2:30:48 Malia Crouse Edgewater, CO 2:57:02
2016 Adam Roach Pebble Beach, CA 2:35:36 Magdalena Boulet Oakland, CA 3:01:27
2017 Michael Wardian Arlington, VA 2:30:29 Tegan Searle Monterey, CA 3:01:47
2018 Adam Roach Pebble Beach, CA 2:29:26 Julia Rhie Chapel Hill, NC 3:01:16
2019 Jordan Tropf Baltimore, MD 2:25:23 D'Ann Arthur Redondo Beach, CA 2:48:41
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

The Ultimate Guide to Marathons described the Big Sur Marathon as the best marathon in the world.

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