Big Sur Marathon

Today’s Date: Thursday, April 16, 2015
District: 05 – Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties                                                  
Contact: Susana Z Cruz (bilingual) or Colin Jones
Phone:  (805) 549-3138 or 549-3189


MONTEREY COUNTY (CARMEL/BIG SUR) – The Big Sur International Marathon will be run along Highway 1 beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 26.  The race will start in Big Sur and will end at Rio Road in Carmel.

Traffic on Highway 1 will be restricted from 6:00 am until 1:30 pm from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during this time.  The CHP will also manage a closure for left turns from Carmel Valley Road onto southbound Hwy. 1 from 3:30 am until 1:30 pm. Therefore, motorists traveling in both directions should expect delays of up to two hours.

Caltrans reminds motorists to move over and slow down when driving through highway work zones.

To find out further information about the marathon, please call (831) 625-6226 or visit the official race website 

For more information on this project and for traffic updates on other Caltrans projects in Monterey County, residents can call the District 5 toll free number at 1-877-448-6771 or can visit our website at:


The Big Sur Chamber of Commerce has a page with information supplied by BSIM which includes the Race Day Caravan Schedule, course map and more here:

Big Sur Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 87
Big Sur, CA 93920
(831) 667-2100 – Contains local information and updates on emergency information when appropriate.

Highway 1 Big Sur now has a toll free hotline to Check Road Conditions courtesy of CalTrans 888-836-0866

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~ by bigsurkate on April 19, 2015.

3 Responses to “Big Sur Marathon”

  1. Good info Kate. You can’t turn left (south) onto Hwy1 from Carmel Valley Road anyway so I don’t know what they mean about ‘managing a closure’ of left turns at that intersection. Maybe they mean they will open it for left turns for trapped residents and persons wanting to get to church or the beach. No matter how this is cut there will be a huge mess at Rio Road next Sunday and plenty of people are going to be put out along this stretch of highway.
    Marathon shmarathon.

  2. heard of a small fire on Cuesta Grade in SLO Co. around 11:55 am this morning. don’t have a scanner so can’t check progress.

  3. CHP is reporting it under control. Created a new post, but busy watching the Highway Fire in Corona. Heading toward my old house.


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