FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Big Sur Marathon Organization Pumps $30 Million into Local Community
First-ever economic impact report provides key information from
Big Sur's full and half-marathons
CARMEL, Calif. - (August 2, 2011) - A newly published study of the 2011 Big
Sur International Marathon reveals the event's strong economic impact on
Monterey County. Race weekend spending and marathon-related income
accounted for $18,139,252 in spending and indirect expenses. Combined with
Big Sur Half Marathon results of $8,742,666 from a 2010 study, along with
estimated figures from the annual Mud Run, the non-profit organization's
total economic impact approaches $30 million in annual event-related
"We've known our events have a significant impact on the local community
through the sheer numbers of out-of-town runners we draw, but now we have
the positive data to support our claims," stated Wally Kastner, race
director for the non-profit Big Sur Marathon organization. "Our event,
which is ranked as one of the top three marathons in the nation by Runner's
World magazine, coupled with an unequalled volunteer organization and total
community support, is now measurable in dollar impact."
Both the 2010 half-marathon and 2011 full marathon studies were conducted
by Scott Minto, director of the Sports MBA program at San Diego State
University. The Sports MBA program at SDSU has performed economic impact
analysis reports for numerous endurance events, including marathons and
half-marathons in Seattle, San Jose, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago,
Dallas, Philadelphia, Nashville and Virginia Beach.
"Of the economic impact studies I've overseen for various sporting events,
the Big Sur International Marathon is notable for its extraordinarily high
average income among race participants," Minto said. "With an average
annual household income exceeding $156,000, this is clearly a special event
that draws an affluent participant base."
The economic impact analysis included key factors such as the number of
runners and the full travel party size, the hotel spend and average stay,
daily spending, municipal taxes and fees, revenues and local spending by
the Big Sur Marathon organization, local Expo vendor sales, rental car
expenditures, and indirect and induced impact from the event.
Lodging figures for the full marathon totaled an estimated $3,100,850,
while the half-marathon lodging figures totaled $1,216,336. Collectively
the two events accounted for an estimated $4,317,186 and 18,496 room
nights. Daily expenditures by out-of-town visitors included dining,
groceries and beverages, as well as retail shopping, ground transportation
and entertainment. Marathon daily expenditures were $4,776,410 and
half-marathon expenditures were $2,413,323. Below is a breakdown of the
combined top-line figures calculated:
* Direct Spending = $15,329,845
* Indirect & Induced Impact = $11,552,073
* Taxes & Fees Generated = $1,324,678
* Total Hotel Room Nights = 18,496
* Total Visitors = 20,311
Total Economic Impact = $26,881,918
The indirect and induced figures account for an important percentage of the
overall economic impact results. Indirect economic impact is an estimate of
the total value of services and supplies necessary to support the
tourism-related businesses that serve out-of-town visitors for the event.
Induced economic impact is an estimate of the labor income generated by
Of the 9,109 participants queried for the 2011 Big Sur Marathon, 2,587
responded to the online survey, a 28.4% response rate. The 2010 Half
Marathon had a similar high response rate of 23.7%.
"The impressively high response rates for the post-race surveys, in
addition to providing a statistically significant sample size for analysis,
demonstrates that event participants are very committed to follow-up from
the event," said Minto.
The non-profit Big Sur Marathon organization will be sharing these findings
with city and county officials within the coming months. In addition, the
staff will further publicize the "Runner Friendly Community" designation
that was awarded to the Monterey Peninsula by RRCA (Road Runners Club of
America) this past spring.
Kastner adds, "Though the Big Sur course and logistical constraints
prohibit further marathon growth, we will continue controlled growth of
both the half-marathon and Mud Run which will further increase our economic
impact. We also plan to enhance our operational support of running and
fitness events throughout the community."
Additional information including more specific findings from the report can
be obtained by contacting the Big Sur International Marathon at (831)
625-6226 or . Also, visit the event website at: www.bsim.org