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The Big Sur International Marathon shows off its stunning scenery

Top shots from the Central California race along the Pacific Ocean.

Big Sur International Marathon

Nestled along the coast of California, is the well-known Big Sur International Marathon which drew a large crowd of runners on Sunday.

With the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean as the backdrop, thousands of runners participated in the late-April marathon. The event also features a unique aspect for some brave runners: the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, which combines both the results from Sunday as well as those from the Boston Marathon 13 days earlier. Big Sur Marathon weekend annually features a 3K, 5K, 10.6-miler, 21-miler and of course, the 42.2K marquee event.

Check out some of the best photos from social media from the April 30 event:

Marathon winners (Mike Wardian, 2:30:29, and Tegan Searle, 3:01:47)



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