9-Miler Showcases Pt. Lobos to Runners

Early Sunday morning, April 27, hundreds of runners and walkers will enter Pt. Lobos, many for their first time, as part of the Big Sur Marathon weekend of events. The 9-Miler is one of six different distance events on marathon Sunday. In addition to the full 26.2-mile marathon, options are available for shorter distances including 21, 10.6 and 9-Milers, a 5K, and a marathon relay. All travel along Highway 1 and cross the same finish line near Rio Road but only the 9-Miler gives participants a chance to see the beauty and nature of Pt. Lobos.  For race organizers it’s considered a “hidden gem.”

“This is one of the best events we offer,” states Julie Armstrong, Marketing Director for the Big Sur Marathon. “You can sleep in a little later, drive to the start, and be among the few that get to enjoy this premier state park.” 

Race organizers work closely with California State Parks personnel to obtain the necessary permits for Pt. Lobos and the nearby Hatton Canyon Park Property which serves as ‘marathon village’ on race day. This year, the Pt. Lobos Foundation is also assisting the marathon with joint marketing and communications activities. The marathon has offered a $10 discount to Foundation members who sign up for the 9-Miler. Please contact Tracy Ricci if interested in receiving the discount code.

The 9-Miler begins at 7:45 on Highway 1, just south of Rio Road. Participants can park nearby at The Crossroad Carmel or at The Barnyard Shopping Village. For Pt. Lobos docents and residents of the Carmel Highlands or Big Sur communities, be advised that Highway 1 will be closed to southbound traffic at Rio Road at 7 a.m. and will only be open south to Otter Cove until 4 a.m.  Northbound travelers and residents need to be north of the Carmel River Bridge on race morning by 7:10 a.m. A system of CHP-led car caravans allows groups of cars to travel along the highway during the race, and Highway 1 will be re-opened to the public at 1 p.m. The park will remain open to walk-ins throughout race morning.

For more information on race sign-ups, information or traffic plans, visit www.bsim.org.