Written by Sally Smith
The 29th Presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon takes place Sunday, April 27, 2014. Thousands of runners from all 50 states and 25 countries will gather that weekend to take part in any of six races along California’s scenic Highway 1. Though the marathon sold out in record time, spots are still available for the marathon relay, the 5K and the 9-Miler, a beautiful route that takes runners and walkers into Pt. Lobos State Reserve. Visit http://www.bsim.org for more information.
Photo by Tom Rolander
Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World Magazine once stated “If we were told we could only run one marathon in our lifetime, Big Sur would have to be it.”
In 1986 Big Sur resident Bill Burleigh’s dream of a footrace along coastal Highway One became a reality, and the inaugural Big Sur International Marathon (BSIM) attracted 1,800 runners. Twenty eight years later, this scenic trek from Big Sur to Carmel, held annually on the last Sunday in April, brings 4,500 runners from all 50 states and numerous foreign countries to experience a marathon that has been described as a spiritual, soul-enriching and life-changing event.