Big Sur Marathon Sells Out in 59 Minutes

Big Sur Int'l Marathon
July 17, 2013

2014 event fills 'open' slots in record time, eclipsing last year's 26 hour sell out; registration available for shorter distance events


CARMEL, Calif. - For the second year running, registration for the Big Sur International Marathon has sold out in record time, a full eight months before the 2014 event.  The "bucket list" race, which opened registration on Monday, July 15, sold out in only 59 minutes.


Runners from 49 states and 25 countries quickly filled more than 3,000 'open' slots available for the April 27, 2014 marathon distance.  The popular Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge has also sold out and the Runner's World Challenge VIP experience is picking up pace. A limited number of charity entries for the 26.2 mile distance remain open, and availability for concurrent races of varying distances along scenic Highway One including the 21-Miler, marathon relay, 9-Miler and 5K still exists. The popular 10.6-Miler has not yet opened for registration.  Total registration numbers for all Sunday events exceed 10,000.


Big Sur race registrar Sally Smith exclaimed, "We were expecting a strong response, but this is incredible.  After last year's 26 hour sell out we knew it would go fast so have been promoting the July 15th date in all our communications including Facebook, Twitter, eblasts and race expos."


The hasty sellout time of Big Sur International Marathon mirrors that of other endurance races throughout the U.S. including Chicago, New York, Boston and Marine Corps marathons.  Many of these 20-30 thousand person races fill in just a few hours illustrating the immense popularity and growth of running events.


Big Sur's strong reputation in the marathon field is due in part to its spectacular coastal views. The 26.2 mile course takes place along California's Highway One, a national scenic byway, on a south to north route from Big Sur to Carmel.  Highlights along the way include a downhill start in the redwood forest, a two-mile ascent up Hurricane Point, crossing the photogenic Bixby Bridge, and enjoying musical interludes such as Taiko drummers, Samba dancers and classical music from a grand piano mid way along the course.


The race has been named as a top 'destination race' by many publications and websites including Runner's World, Forbes, Departures,, Outside Magazine, Marathon & Beyond and several others.


Registration for additional distance events on Big Sur Marathon race day is available at:



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