Date: 4/29/2018

Location: Big Sur, CA

Start Time: 6:45am

Avg Temps (f): 70/45

Time Limit: 6 hours

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • With the logistics of getting thousands of runners to one spot on Highway 1, be ready for an early, early morning to get to the start, and to be in a fairly crowded area pre-race
  • Two sayings that describe the race: Beautiful yet Brutal and Hills and Headwinds
  • With the first few miles being downhill and without too crowded of a start, it’s easy to go out too fast
  • With no spectator access, it’s a fairly quiet course compared to most road marathons
  • Be ready for windy conditions in different spots with running on the coast
  • Runners are likely to catch walkers from earlier races, so be ready to dodge them and run around; try to not get frustrated
  • Best thing you can do is to not stress too much about pace on the uphill, especially the big hill from miles 10-12
  • The hills last all the way until the end, so be ready for tired quads from the hills throughout the race.
  • Shaded from Redwood trees until about mile 5, after which it’s much more exposed to wind and sun
  • With ending at a lower elevation than you start, it’s going to be warmer in Carmel than Big Sur by the end of the race


Type: Point to Point from Big Sur to Carmel along Highway 1

Start/Finish Info: No driving to the start or dropping off. Must use free bus shuttles. There is bus transportation from several locations in the Monterey Peninsula to the start, leaving from 3:30-4:30am to get runners to Big Sur in time. Be sure to review shuttle information.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2182/2528

Hills – Rollers throughout the entire course with one big gain and endless 25-50 foot gains, and a handful of ~100 foot gains. Biggest hill is ~500 feet of gain from miles 10-12

Course Map/Elevation


Aid stations

Locations of water and stations: (11 total) Miles 2.6, 4.8, 7.8, 10.4, 12.2,14.7, 16.7, 18.9, 21.3, 23, and 24.6

Electrolyte offered: Gatorade Endurance at all Aid Stations, fruit at later aid stations, and GU at miles 12.2 and 18.9

Spectator access

Access Locations: None, only the finish. Highway 1 is closed for the runners, so it’s impossible for them to be at the start or anywhere along the course.

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Race reports

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