April 24, 2022
Debutante Anne Flower takes first place among women.
CARMEL, California /SPORTSWIRE ENDURANCE/ – For the first time in three years, the Big Sur Marathon was held along Big Sur Highway 1 in Carmel, Calif., on the last Sunday in April. Returning 2019 champion Jordan Tropf defended his title in 2:26:51 after quickly pulling away from the field. Anne Flower, 32, of Covington, Kentucky, took the top spot on the women’s podium in 2:49:49 in her first Big Sur Marathon appearance.
Tropf, 30, and an orthopedic surgeon at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, narrowly missed the Boston 2 Big Sur single division record for those who ran the Boston Marathon six days ago. Tropf completed the challenge in a combined time of 4:51:32, just 16 seconds off the record.
“The course is as beautiful as I remember, but the difference this year is that I knew what to expect and was much better prepared for the course,” said Tropf. “The weather was totally perfect except for a bit of wind once we hit the coast.”
Flower, an ER doctor whose family greeted her enthusiastically at the finish line, noted that she had been watching the race for years and was thrilled to finally make the trip.
“I wasn’t quite sure if I was first or second, but I was just enjoying the beautiful course and the stunning views around every curve,” Flower said. “It was an incredible race and I will definitely be back to defend my title.”
The men’s elite field quickly expanded with local favorite Adam Roach sitting comfortably in second place until Jeffrey Stern, 35, of Mill Valley, Calif., made a move at mile 23.
“It was fun to bring it back,” Stern said. “If he wasn’t wearing those bright orange shorts, I probably wouldn’t have pushed so hard to pass him. I was literally chasing the carrot in front of me.
Roach, who is expecting her second child later this year, earned third place after developing leg cramps around mile 18. Boston 2 Big Sur participant and HOKA Northern Arizona Elite athlete Ben Bruce crossed the finish line. came in fourth place.
The Boston 2 Big Sur women’s record was broken by 33-year-old Thia Angelo of San Jose, Calif. His combined time for the 5:59:11, the first time anyone has beaten six hours for both races.
Runners were treated to partly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s as around 8,000 participants set off along California’s scenic Route 1. Nearly 300 runners have completed the marathon in the Boston 2 Big Sur Challenge, in which runners are ranked by combined times from both events.
Six different race distances – Marathon, Relay, 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K – hosted sold-out fields that included participants from all 50 states, DC and 34 countries. The Big Sur International Marathon is a bucket list race for runners of all ages and paces. The marathon is held annually on the last Sunday in April and entry is determined by a series of raffles that open later in the summer. For more information and full 2022 race results, visit bigsurmarathon.org.
About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to create great running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are the Big Sur International Marathon in April and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in November. Each year, the organization donates nearly $300,000 to local nonprofits through its Community Volunteer Group Grants Program.
Hillary Fujii, Big Sur Marathon Foundation
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