1989 - 1996


Every Year, the last Sunday of April, 3,500 runners (and thousands of "Walkers") have the 26 miles of coast from Big Sur to Carmel to themselves.  For 6 hours, no autos are allowed free access to this unbelievable stretch of coastline. Nor are spectators allowed, unless they live along the route or sneak down the coast and park their car in the pre-dawn hours.


Along the way, numerous musical groups add a variety of of  to the journey, and it's become known as the "Musical Marathon".


For many of the early years , I helped photograph this event.  Below are some of the images that give a hint of this truly extraordinary and unmatched venue for a marathon, which is rated as one of the "top ten marathons in the world" by several runner's magazines.


The 2004 BSIM photos and Photo Collage are also viewable; there are thumbnails, you can step thru larger images, and there is a BSIM 2004 Slide Show (high-speed internet only). 


Click on any photo to see a larger view. 


Looking Ahead to Hurricane Pt

Nearing Hurricane Point

Looking North at Hurricane Pt

Bixby Meadow in Spring

Leaders Crossing Bixby Bridge

Jonathon Lee At Bixby Bridge

Meadow near Rocky Point

Brass Quintet at Rocky Pt.

Trumpet and French Horn

A helping Hand

Gatorade Trail

Looking South from Soberanes

George Hirsch Cheers them On


Accordion Masters

Tent City Post-Race

Readying the Clothing Bags

Foot Massage

Massage Center

Yogurt Land

Banana Land

Back Massage


A Welcome Meal

Volunteers Need Food Too

Dessert Time!

String Bass on Stage

A Rose and a Rest

Bill Burleigh, BSIM Founder

George Hirsch, Runner's World




Brad Hawthorne, 5-time Winner, course record holder




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