Big Sur International Marathon 2024

Nights
4
Date
28 April 2024
  • Marathon

Big Sur International Marathon 2024

The Big Sur International Marathon is a boutique-style marathon and is considered a bucket-list race for running enthusiasts around the world. Established in 1986, it attracts around 4,500 runners each year and has earned many accolades including “Best Destination Marathon in North America” by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.

The 26.2 mile challenging course takes place on Highway One, starting in Big Sur and ending in Carmel. It offers unparalleled scenery as runners wind through majestic redwoods and experience spectacular coastal views along the Pacific Ocean.  In addition to the visual grandeurs, runners are treated to musical interludes by Taiko drummers, Samba dancers and classical music from a grand pianist midway along the course.

When you purchase a Marathon Tours & Travel’s package you are eligible to purchase a guaranteed entry!  Plan to join us in one of the most beautiful corners of the USA!

The Big Sur Marathon is an AbbottWMM Marathon Tours & Travel World Age Group Qualifying Race.

Meals Included

Meals Included

Welcome reception & pre-race pasta dinner

Guide

Guide

Support from Marathon Tours & Travel team

Transfers

Transfers

Race day transfers included to and from the race

Trip Extension

Trip Extension

Trip extension available upon request

Accommodation

Accommodation

Excellent 4* hotel

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed 2024 Big Sur International Marathon entry available

Excursions

Excursions

17 mile drive sightseeing tour included. Optional marathon course tour available.

A Helping Hand

A Helping Hand

Exclusive MTT VIP tent at the race finish

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Big Sur International Marathon 2024 Package/4 Nights/25th - 29th April, 2024

      Thursday 25 April 2024
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      Arrival Day

      Arrive in Monterey and check-in to the Portola Hotel & Spa. The afternoon is free for you to take the opportunity to explore and enjoy this charming town.

      Friday 26 April 2024
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      17 Mile Drive Tour Monterrey/Carmel, Expo & Welcome Reception

      Those on the four-night package will enjoy a five-hour bus tour and take in the beautiful scenery that makes this little part of the world so famous.  You will see Pebble Beach, experience the 17-Mile Drive, Monterey and Carmel. We will stop for a short wine tasting in Carmel by the Sea before enjoying lunch at your leisure in this quaint and charming town. We recommend you visit the Health & Fitness Expo to pick-up your bib today.  Tonight we will gather for a welcome reception where you can meet your running peers!

      Saturday 27 April 2024
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      Race Preparation & Exploring

      The morning will kick-off with an easy training run to loosen your legs.  Following a leisure breakfast (on your own), plan to join the guided tour of the marathon course.  You must register in advance for this optional course tour, which we highly recommend.  It is a great way to mentally prepare for the course, as well as for you to enjoy the scenery in comfort.  Spectators are also invited to join! The rest of the afternoon is free for you to rest, relax, shop, and enjoy.  We will reconvene for our pre-race dinner and will be sure there is ample pasta! Be sure to stop by the Health & Fitness Expo to pick-up your bib today if you haven’t already.

      Sunday 28 April 2024
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      Race Day

      Race day! Buses are organized by the Big Sur International Marathon and will depart very early this morning.  More details will be shared as we get closer. Following your race, there will be an exclusive VIP Tent for all Marathon Tours travelers at the finish to celebrate your achievement!  Be sure you come by for refreshments, beer and camaraderie.

      Monday 29 April 2024
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      Departure Day

      Departure day or your free time to spend in the Monterey Bay area.  It is a beautiful place to extend your stay and explore.  We are happy to make recommendations such as a guided walking tour in Carmel, lunch and wine at the farm-to-table Cima Collina Ranch & Vineyard or a relaxing retreat at Refuge Spa in Carmel.

       

      Itinerary is subject to change.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Guaranteed Big Sur International Marathon Entry 

      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us.

      Our Big Sur International 4 nights Package Includes:

      • 4 nights’ accommodation at the Portola Hotel & Spa
      • Hotel taxes
      • 17 mile drive tour
      • Group training run
      • Welcome reception
      • Pre-race pasta dinner
      • Bus transfer to the marathon start
      • Shuttle bus from the finish, back to downtown Monterey
      • Exclusive Marathon Tours & travel VIP tent at the finish
      • Guidance and support from the Marathon Tours & Travel team

      Optional Extra:

      • Big Sur International Marathon 2024 guaranteed entry at £329
      • Marathon Course Tour at £45

      A longer stay?

      Contact us for a quote or use our easy booking tool to cost and book.

      Rates (all prices are per person in UK pounds sterling)
      4 nights from Thursday 25th April, 2024 Double OccupancySingle Occupancy
      Portola Hotel & Spa£1435£2459
  • Hotels

    • Portola Hotel & Spa

      Adjoined to the Monterey Conference Center where the BSIM EXPO takes place, this refined spa hotel is within steps of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and a five-minute walk to Fisherman’s Wharf and 1.5 miles to Cannery Row.

      The nautical-themed rooms and suites have marble bathrooms, Wi-Fi (fee required), 42-inch flat-screen TVs and Keurig coffeemakers. Most rooms have balconies, some with ocean views. Other amenities include a fitness room, a spa (fee required), a craft brewery and a restaurant serving organic food.

  • Event Information

    • The Big Sur International Marathon with Marathon Tours & Travel

      The Big Sur International Marathon is a boutique-style marathon and is considered a bucket list race for running enthusiasts around the world. Established in 1986, it attracts around 4,500 runners each year and has earned many accolades including “Best Destination Marathon in North America” by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.

      The Course

      The 26.2 mile challenging course takes place on Highway One, starting in Big Sur and ending in Carmel. It offers unparalleled scenery as runners wind through majestic redwoods and experience spectacular coastal views along the Pacific Ocean. In addition to the visual grandeurs, runners are treated to musical interludes by Taiko drummers, Samba dancers and classical music from a grand pianist midway along the course. Point to point, moderately difficult, with live entertainment on the course.  Course map with elevation chart can be found here.

      Race Date: Sunday 28 April 2024

      Start Time: 06:45AM

      Weather: Average temperatures range between 50F-60F.

      Eligibility: Limited to 4,500 qualified entrants (must be 16 years or older, in good health and well trained.) BSIM is a challenging course with a cut-off time of 13:00PM, approximately six (6) hours from the time the last starter crosses the start mat in Big Sur.

      Awards: Every runner receives a technical fabric shirt in gender specific sizing, featuring an original design. Only those participants who are able to complete the race in 6 hours (chip time) will receive a Big Sur International Marathon finishers’ medallion, an online finishers’ certificate and be listed in the virtual official results book.

      Difficulty: Difficult

  • Registration & Booking

    • Conditions of Sale

      Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package. Race entry is not refundable.

      If you wish to make any changes to your reservations administration and/or service fees might apply. For our general T&C’s please see here.

      How to Book 

      To make your booking, click on the book now button, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

      Please read all the important information. If you have any questions please contact us .

      Payments

      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.

      Travel advice

      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for USA’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

      Travel Insurance

      Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy also covers you to participate in running events.

      Race Rules and Terms of Participation

      Our itinerary and details regarding the race are based on current information available at the time this package was released for sale. Whilst we expect the details to remain correct, changes are possible and will be confirmed nearer to the trip after the race organisers have confirmed final instructions. All race rules and procedures need to be followed. Please find the event information here.

      Starting Pens and Bib Numbers

      Although we are licensed to sell official entries for the Big Sur Marathon 2024, we have no influence over the allocation of starting times and bib numbers.

      Closer to the event we will send you a link which will allow you to complete the registration process for the event. Once you have finalised the registration process, the race organisers will allocate you a starting time and bib based on the information provided. Please read the race rules and terms for participation carefully, as you have to accept them to participate in the event.

      Credit card

      All hotels need a credit card imprint upon check in where a value is held and released when you check out. Any incidentals such as room service or chargeable extras to the room would be deducted.

      Security Policy

      Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

  • Seven Continents Club ®

    • The Seven Continents Club®️ (SCC) offers a unique opportunity for runners to run on all seven continents of the globe, as well as providing numerous benefits to its members. The club operates as a global frequent traveller club for runners, offering waitlist priority for high-demand events, early pre-registration periods for a number of races in popular destinations and tour package vouchers for money off international tour packages. What’s more, Seven Continents Club®️ rewards all its members for the extraordinary achievement of running marathons on each continent with their own special finishers medal and certificate of completion. Join the SCC today!