Campaign Goals & Purpose:

  • Donations $162,500 of $350,000 goal

    Donations $166,285 of $300,000 goal

Our goal is to raise $350,000 to design and build the course, including signage and ongoing maintenance. Our multi-phase plan anticipates staging cross-country meets beginning in fall of 2022. The project is a public/private collaboration between the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District and the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Please note: Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District is a public agency and not involved in fundraising in any way.

Cross-country running is one of the most economically accessible and egalitarian of all school sports, offering students benefits that last a lifetime. Our community’s runners, joggers and walkers will all benefit too. Please join us in making this project a reality!

“Running taught me valuable lessons. In cross-country competition, training counted more than intrinsic ability, and I could compensate for a lack of natural aptitude with diligence and discipline. I applied this in everything I did.”

– Nelson Mandela

How to Help

Please contribute today! With your support, this state-of-the-art running course will become a reality.

You can donate online or by check. Visit to donate online. Make checks made payable to the Big Sur Marathon Foundation and mail to PO Box 222620, Carmel, CA 93922.  We are a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, tax ID #77-0048388. Thank you!

Recognition options for your gift vary depending on the amount you contribute. A variety of benefits will honor your gift on-location, on the much-visited Big Sur Marathon Foundation website, through our extensive social media channels, in print publications and elsewhere.

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District, and all our local schools’ cross-country teams thank you for supporting this project. See you on the cross-country running course at Palo Corona!

Cross Country Running Course at Palo Corona
c/o Big Sur Marathon Foundation
Doug Thurston, Race Director
P.O. Box 222620, Carmel, CA 93922
(831) 625-6226

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This is a project of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, a non-profit organization, in cooperation with the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District. No MPRPD funds are used in the construction of this course.