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Big Sur International Marathon Announces New Registration Plans
The marathon is providing four different opportunities for 625 entries each on different days and times followed by a lottery for additional entries

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Posted Wednesday, 21 May, 2014

MONTEREY, Calif. - The popularity of the Big Sur International Marathon, held on the last Sunday each April, has caused race organizers to retool its registration system for the 2015 event and beyond. The “bucket list” marathon sold out in a record 59 minutes last year.

“While we were honored by the strong demand last year, it was clear that a single first-come, first-served registration period could be unfair to those who were unable to be online at the right time,” said race director Doug Thurston. “For the 30th annual Big Sur International Marathon on April 26, 2015, we are offering a new plan which we feel will allow more flexibility for people’s time schedules. “

The marathon is providing four different opportunities for 625 entries each on different days and times followed by a lottery for additional entries. Registration will open on July 15, at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The second period is Saturday, July 19 at 11 a.m. PDT; the third is Wednesday, July 23 at 5 p.m. PDT; and the final period Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m. PDT.

Finally, a small lottery for 500 regular marathon slots will be offered for runners who may not have been successful in obtaining a registration in the four attempts. The lottery will be open between July 29 and August 6, with applicants being notified on August 11. All lottery applicants will pay a small, non-refundable lottery processing fee.

As in previous years, the marathon will accept up to 4,500 entrants who must be able to finish within six hours, a 13:45 minutes per mile pace. Subcategories within the marathon are included in the capped number. These include 400 entries for the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, a category that draws qualified Boston Marathon entrants looking for an enhanced goal of running two marathons on two coasts, six days apart. Registration for B2B will take place in early fall after registration for the 2015 Boston Marathon closes.

An additional 300 entries are available for the Runners World Challenge, a category that includes specific marathon training, connection with Runner’s World editors and staff, and VIP experiences at the Big Sur Marathon. For more information and registration for the Runner’s World Challenge, interested parties should visit

Additional marathon entries are offered to runners wishing to support a cause or include the marathon as part of a tour package. Three hundred entries will be offered at $300 to support the Big Sur Marathon’s youth fitness program, JUST RUN® and a small number of charity entries will also be announced soon. Marathon Tours, a travel package service, will offer Big Sur Marathon registrations packaged with hotel and travel amenities. Individuals signing up for any of the special categories will pay a higher fee than the $150 registration cost, but may sign up anytime beginning July 15 until the slots are filled.

The Big Sur International Marathon takes places on California’s scenic Highway 1, along with five additional distance events: a marathon relay, 21-, 10.6- and 9-Milers, and a 5K. Registration of each of these events will open on July 15 at 10 a.m. and will remain open until sold out. Most entry fees are unchanged from 2014.

The Big Sur Marathon website details the new registration procedures and lists prices, individual race details, maps and more. Visit or call 831-625-6226 for more information.



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