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Big Sur International Marathon 2023

The most scenic run in the whole United States


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Big Sur is one of the world's most beautiful marathons! So mark your calendars—it is held on the last Sunday of April. Moderately difficult, with some hills on the course, it is the largest rural marathon in the world. Its stunning trail winds through redwoods, along Pacific coastline and picturesque ranches. Big Sur International Marathon is certified by USATF and is a Boston qualifier.

The Big Sur International Marathon course starts and ends on beautiful Highway 1, running from Big Sur to Carmel, California. It's easy to run with the ocean breeze in your face, marveling towering waves, mountains, and lush pastures. One of the main attractions of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge. It marks the halfway point of the race.

Water stations are located approximately every two miles of the course. Entertainment is a vibrant mix of classical, jazz, and rock-and-roll with local bands performing it throughout the course and at the finish. The main highlights are the Yamaha grand piano at Bixby Bridge. There are also Taiko drummers at the foot of Hurricane Point and amazing belly dancers at mile 25 and much more. The Big Sur International Marathon is a uniquely Californian experience that belongs on every runner's bucket list.

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