Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 Big Sur Marathon Modified Course Overview

Maybe it is just me but it seems almost unreal that the year I finally decide to sign up for the Big Sur Marathon is the year that Mother Nature decides would be a good time to mess with the original course so that the race organizers had to re-route the course as an out-and-back. Gee, that's swell! I guess there is always next year. I have a lot of mix feelings at this point but mostly I am excited. I am a bit sad that I will not be running the legendary course over Bixby Bridge or Hurricane Point but I am terribly excited to get to experience the modified course. Well, that was until I saw the new course elevation chart today...WTH? I'm not sure how to even interpret that chart so that my legs will understand.

Original Course:

Modified Course:

Because of this...

...I won't get to run on this!

However, this is still very beautiful! So I'll take it!

It's been many years since I've been in the Monterey/Carmel area so I am really excited about my upcoming trip. I am planning to explore as much as possible and eat everything in sight sample all the local cuisine. With any luck I hope to fit in some wine tasting, Salinas, hiking, photography and eating...so much eating! I should probably start packing soon since I am the world's slowest packer.

It will be so hard to part with my little pup for the weekend. I will be sure to give him a big smooch!


ashley (redonk runner) said...

how exciting that you are running even if it is a modified course! i just made a list of my top races to run and big sur is #1!

Glenn Jones said...

Good luck and have fun! That's such a beautiful part of California....