The 2012 Big Sure International Marathon is in the books, marking the 26th straight year the 26-mile marathon from Big Sur to Carmel took place in the Bay Area. More than 4,500 runners from across the country made their way to the Central Coast this weekend, but only would could claim the title.
This year it was 27-year-old Adam Roach, a native of Pacific Grove, CA winning the race Sunday morning with an impressive finishing time of 2:22:30.
41-year-old Nuta Olaru, a former Olympian in the 2004 Athens games, finished as the top female runner with a time of 2:50:08.
Roach was trailing for much of the race unti he used a burst of energy down the stretch to beat San Francisco's Chris Mocko, the second place finisher and Jesus Campos of King City who finished third.
Set along the scenic Highway 1, "Runner's World" magazine has named the Big Sur Marathon as the third best marathon in America for multiple years running, trailing only the Boston and New York marathons.