The Cambrian

Big Sur Marathon will create delays Sunday on Highway 1

Runners cross Bixby Bridge at the halfway point of Big Sur International Marathon.
Runners cross Bixby Bridge at the halfway point of Big Sur International Marathon. Courtesy photo

Drivers taking Highway 1 between Cambria and Carmel on Sunday, April 24, should be prepared for some substantial delays at the northern end of the route, to make way for the Big Sur International Marathon.

According to a Caltrans news release, motorists traveling in both directions that day should expect and prepare for delays of up to two hours.

Traffic will be restricted from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. from Sycamore Canyon Road to Carmel Valley Road. While the southbound lane is closed for the race, the CHP will use the northbound lane to lead caravans of traffic in alternating directions at three different intervals during the restricted period.

The CHP also will manage a closure for left turns from Carmel Valley Road onto southbound Highway 1 from 3:30 until 1:30 p.m.

For race details, call 831-625-6226 or go to the race website at

According to that site, participants “cannot drive to the start of the marathon, 21-miler, 10.6-miler” or a relay leg. “Those participating in the marathon, 21-miler and 10.6-miler must take one of the official buses to the start of their event. No private vehicles will be allowed at the start area. Highway 1 will be closed to the public in the early predawn hours on race day,” a closure that’s “strictly enforced” by CHP.

The site says participants in the 5K and 9-miler must arrange their own transportation. For participants staying in Big Sur, a shuttle will make a continuous loop from hotels there to the marathon start area between 5 and 6 a.m.