On April 29, 2018, runners will once again descend upon the Pacific Coast Highway in northern California to run the Big Sur International Marathon. If you don’t already have an entry secured for this bucket-list race, there is still a chance to take in those stunning ocean views come race day thanks to a series of random drawings taking place in late July and early August this year.
There are three categories runners can enter under: Groups & Couples, Individuals and Last Chance Drawing.
- GROUPS & COUPLES: From July 15-24, this category is for groups of two to 15 people to enter and want to participate only if the entire group is chosen. Results will be announced on July 26.
- INDIVIDUALS: From July 29 to Aug. 7, this category includes Loyalty runners (those who have finished one or more Big Sur Marathons), Local runners (residents of Monterey County) and “Bucket List” First Timers (those who have never finished the Big Sur International Marathon) and individuals are allowed to enter in multiple categories if eligible. Results from this drawing will be announced from Aug. 8-12.
- LAST CHANCE DRAWING: You can register from Aug. 19-25 for this final opportunity to enter for a chance to receive a slot in the 2018 race. This is open to any individual including those not selected in an individual category above and results announced Aug. 26.
Runners who are chosen in the drawings will receive a notification via email with a limited window to complete their registration. If selected, prices for the 2018 Big Sur International Marathon are $175 for U.S. runners, $200 for international entrants and $160 for Monterey County residents. There is no fee to enter any of the drawings.
“We are flattered and humbled by the interest in running our marathon from runners around the world,” said race director Doug Thurston in a press release announcing the drawings. “This entry process, refined over the last few years, provides several options for participants to experience the incredible beauty of our course and the hospitality of our community.”
Full information, including how to register as a charity runner for an entry, can be found at official race website bsim.org.