2024 Big Sur International Marathon Festival Marathon: Training plans, distance, date, location, and more

Find out all you need to know about the Big Sur International Marathon Festival Marathon – including how to choose the best training plan to get race-ready and set a new personal best.

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About the event

The Big Sur International Marathon is an annual marathon that takes place along the scenic coastline of California's Highway 1, starting from Big Sur and finishing in Carmel. Widely considered one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world, the event offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, redwood forests, and the rugged cliffs of the California coastline. Due to the challenging nature of the course, which includes significant elevation changes and the infamous "Hurricane Point," the marathon is particularly popular among seasoned runners looking for a unique challenge. In addition to the full marathon, the event often includes other races such as a 21-miler, 11-miler, and various relay options, making it a multifaceted race weekend that attracts a diverse group of runners.

Date: 

Sun
Apr 28
2024

Location: 

Carmel, United States

Distance

42.2km / 26.2mi

Elevation profile: 

Moderate

Website: 

Link

Elevation gain: 

665m /

Number of participants: 

4500

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How to train for Big Sur International Marathon Festival Marathon: Big Sur International Marathon Festival Marathon training plans for every runner

To train for Big Sur International Marathon Festival, you’ll need a personalized training plan and to build up your weekly mileage progressively.

Runna offers running training plans for every runner and goal out there.

With Runna, your running coaching app, you get a personalized Marathon training plan that:

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  • Automatically adjusts your mileage and types of runs to help you perform at your best
  • Incorporates deloads and strength training
  • Helps you manage your recovery and nutrition

Having a plan will also help with accountability, meaning that you can focus purely on improving your running game.

Check out our personalized Marathon training plans to find the one that best suits your goals.

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