Tomorrow morning, before the sun rises over the Pacific and while most of us are still snuggled in our beds, some warriors will already be warmed up, in running shorts and light-weight T-shirts,
their Adidases tied tight, their stomachs aflutter, and their mind focused on one objective: to complete the 26th Annual 26.2 mile Big Sur Marathon in one piece.
This is a huge community event that brings together all the locals and a lot of out of towners, all who will be cheering boisterously on the sidelines. One of the standard sights of the event are raucous drum groups, some beating non-stop before the race even starts. A big after party is always in store after the race, an excuse for the runners to indulge and the rest of us to continue the celebration after the finish line tape has been snapped.
For visitors to the area, the Marathon is a great way to witness the locals at their most enthusiastic and catch the Big Sur scenery in the early morning, full of relieved faces, happy hugs, and excited crowds. Live music and food are both fixtures of the post-mortum marathon celebration, so if you were planning on heading out of town in the afternoon, you might want to reconsider and stick around. It’s gonna be a wild time.
The Monterey Herald has some of the highlights of the race route, which should indicate the best vantage point to watch and cheer on the marathoners.
Race: 6:45am Sun start. Highway 1 at the Carmel River Bridge. Race is sold out. (831) 625-6226. http://www.bsim.org.