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Doug Thurston Named Executive Director of Big Sur International Marathon
Race management veteran brings 30 years experience to the position
Doug Thurston, a veteran in the race management business, has been named Executive Director/Race Director of the Big Sur International Marathon. Thurston has relocated to the Monterey Peninsula from San Diego, where he was Vice President of Course Operations and Community Development for the Competitor Group, organizers of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series.
His new position entails oversight of the 501(c)3 Big Sur Marathon non-profit organization as well as all aspects of race management for Big Sur’s four major race events and the JUST RUN® youth fitness program. He will oversee a staff of four and work with a voting board of 21 members.
“It’s an honor to join Big Sur,” Thurston said. “This is a unique organization that is completely dedicated to providing a world-class runner experience and, as a non-profit organization, giving back to the community to promote health and fitness.”
Thurston, 52, has been in the running event industry for 30 years and has directed events in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Columbus, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; and Sacramento, Calif., as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon races around the country. He ran the Big Sur International Marathon in 1992 and has been a part of the team that measured the course. He is an IAAF/AIMS Level A course measurer, one of only 22 in the United States. He has finished more than 600 road races around the country including 25 marathons.
“We are excited that a person with his background and experience will be joining us at the Big Sur International Marathon,” said Wayne Richey, Chairman of the BSIM Board of Directors. “Our board and staff are confident he will help this organization grow and prosper for many years to come.”
Thurston joins the non-profit organization at a key time, just seven weeks prior to the 28th Presentation of the Big Sur International Marathon, held on April 28, and three weeks out from the organization’s Mud Run, held in Seaside, CA on Saturday, March 23. Other race events include the November Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, and the newly-acquired Run in the Name of Love 5K/2K held in June.