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Big Sur Marathon, scenic California coastline

Big SurThe Big Sur Marathon is 26.2 miles of the most beautiful coastline in the world – and, for runners, the most challenging. It was established in 1986 and attracts about 4,500 participants annually. This year, the event will be held on April 25th, 2010. The athletes who participate in the Big Sur International Marathon draw inspiration from the spectacular views, but it takes major discipline to conquer the hills of Highway One on the way to the finish line.

Named “Best Marathon in North America” by The Ultimate Guide to Marathons, the Big Sur International Marathon continues to sell out earlier and earlier each year and, as a major destination marathon, draws entrants from all over the world. On their way from Big Sur to Carmel’s Rio Road, runners wind through majestic redwoods and past Pacific Ocean views.

Related marathon-day events include a 21-mile power walk, 5K run, 9-mile walk, 10.6-mile walk, and marathon relay. An expansive sports expo takes place for the two days before the run at the Monterey Conference Center. Each year, the non-profit marathon board of directors donates over $150,000 to local charities. For more information, please visit the Big Sur International Marathon website.

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