• Big Sur International Marathon Announces Registration Drawing for 2016 Race

    Five options plus special categories are provided to allow runners multiple opportunities for entry

    With unprecedented demand for entries, the Big Sur International Marathon will feature a new lottery-style random drawing for its April 24, 2016 event.

    The annual race, set along California’s scenic Highway 1, is limited to 4,500 total marathon entrants including all special divisions and categories. The new registration plan provides a variety of entry options.   The largest number of entrants will be selected through several options: runners may enter applicable drawings as a first timer or “bucket list” runner; as a loyalty runner (have finished at least one Big Sur Marathon); as a local (Monterey County) runner; or as a group runner, (2-6 in the group).   Registration for these drawings runs from July 15th through July 28th.

    After the selected participants are announced in early August, registration for a Last Chance random drawing will be held August 12-18 for those not chosen or for anyone else interested in trying for a coveted slot.   Some runners may be eligible to enter up to four applicable drawings at a non-refundable fee of $2.50 each.

    Entries are also available through pre-designated charities including the BSIM’s own JUST RUN youth fitness program, the Runner’s World VIP program, and through a complete travel package organized by Marathon Tours.  These registrations will be on a first-come, first-served basis starting on July 15th, 2015.

    The popular Boston 2 Big Sur division will also utilize a lottery-style drawing for the first time. Registration for the B2B drawing will open in October following the close of Boston Marathon registration.

    “With multiple opportunities to enter the race, we feel that this program will offer a better registration experience without the stress of needing to be at a computer at a specific day and time,” said Doug Thurston, race director.   “We are honored by the tremendous interest in our race. This program will give us, for the first time, a true sense of the demand for marathon entries.” Named as one of the world’s top destination and scenic races by a variety of publications, the Big Sur Marathon also offers shorter distances along the “Ragged Edge of the Western World.”   These distances include a four-person Marathon Relay, 21-Miler, 10.6-Miler, 9-Miler and 5K.   Registration for each of these events will begin September 1, 2015, on a first-come, first-served basis.   All race distances are expected to sell out as they did last year.

    The marathon itself has a strict 6-hour time limit, a pace of 13 minutes and 45 seconds a mile on a challenging, hilly course.

    “We want to provide a world-class and safe experience for all qualified marathoners,” Thurston said. “We strongly urge slower runners or walkers to consider one of our other race distances that have more generous time limits.”

    For more information on the 2016 registration procedures, go to www.bsim.org or contact info@bsim.org.


    posted to Cedar Street Times on June 25, 2015

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