2011 OFFICIAL RESULTS BOOK November 20, 2011
Greetings from the Race Director Dear Athletes and Friends... Despite the threat of rain, wind and chill, a window of opportunity opened between 6:15 and 10:00 AM race morning creating nearly perfect running conditions for our Ninth Presentation. Our elite race proved to be as exciting as promised with very close finishes for both our male and female elite athletes. Hopefully seeing these exceptional runners heading back to the finish while you were still heading out to the turnaround provided some inspiration and produced some PR’s. The elite field was the deepest in the race’s history, with ten male runners having a legitimate chance of winning. The pack of ten eventually was reduced to just three, and a final strong surge by Ezykas Sisay gave him the win in a time of 1:03:48. In the women’s race, Blake Russell of Pacific Grove held a strong lead until mile 12, when she was passed by Magdalena Boulet, whose winning time of 1:14:16 was just ahead of Russell’s 1:14:35. We are very proud to announce that we have once more earned Gold Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport for our greening efforts. We applied for and received 36 out of a possible 41 sustainability credits. We are the only event to achieve Gold CRS Certification in 2011.
The JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K fun run welcomed 700 children who ran the 3K along with family members and friends. Following the 5K and 3K, runners enjoyed post-race activities along with a Kiwanis-hosted pancake breakfast at Pacific Grove’s Jewell Park. The fast and scenic new course was a huge success for all our participants, and we look forward to growing and continuing to improve both these Saturday events. A major “thank you” to the cities of Monterey and Pacific Grove who host our weekend races; their support and cooperation is invaluable in staging these events. Thanks also go to Rabobank for stepping forward in support of the new 5K event. Registration for the November 18, 2012 Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay will open on April 1, 2012. We hope you’ll join us once again, and be sure to spread the word to your friends as well!
Lt. Col Wally Kastner, USMC (Ret) Race Director
Our inaugural Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K and JUST RUN! Just Kids 3K also drew record numbers this year. The 5K registered 830 runners with 672 finishers. First place honors went
to local racer Eric Palmer with a time of 15:49 and to Courtney Quirin of San Francisco with her time of 17:45.
Running at Pt. Pinos in Pacific Grove, just past mile 9 Cover Photos by MarathonFoto and Robb Hallock
Big Sur Half Marathon
The Marine Color Guard at the start of the race
Official 2011 Results Book
Our Elite Race Review The weather forecast for the Ninth Presentation of the Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay was so bad that race staff decided to move the awards ceremony indoors. The predicted early morning wind, rain and cold temperature never materialized however, and runners awoke race morning to near perfect racing conditions. The men’s race featured the deepest elite field ever, with ten runners having a legitimate chance of winning the event. A 4:56 first mile saw Mario Macias of Alamosa, CO leading the pack of ten. As they ran through the Custom House Tunnel, the pack split in two and the gap between them widened. The new lead group included Macias, Ian Burrell (Tucson, AZ), Josphat Boit (Mammoth Lakes, CA), Benson Cheruiyot (Valparaiso, IN) and Christian Hesch (Hollywood, CA). By mile four, Hesch had dropped back and Ezkyas Sisay (Flagstaff, AZ) joined the group. This group of five stayed together until mile ten. As the group approached Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, Sisay, who ran a 2:11 New York City Marathon two weeks prior, decided to press the pace. Only Boit and Cheruiyot were able to stay with him. A final surge at the finis