The Big Sur Marathon began in 1986 with 1,800 runners and has grown in size, stature and number of events since then. The course record of 2:16:39 set in 1987 by Brad Hawthorne still stands today. In 1995 the â€śPower Walkâ€ť was added, and in subsequent years additional walks (now â€śMilersâ€ť since participants have the option to either walk or run) were added. A 5K that had welcomed a schools competition for many years spawned a new kidsâ€™ 3K fun run now in itâ€™s 3rd year in conjunction with both the marathon and half marathon.
The Big Sur Marathon has been called â€śone of the jewels of American runningâ€ť and â€śone of the greatest running experiences on the planet.â€ť It has twice been named the â€śBest Destination Marathon in North Americaâ€ť and has been ranked among the worldâ€™s top five marathons.