QUICK LOOK: Big Sur Marathon, Bridging the Communications Gap

The majesty of the Big Sur International Marathon course is a sight that has to be experienced in person; and thousands of runners do each year. It’s also half of the Boston-2-Big Sur Challenge. Ironically, it was the bombing of the Boston Marathon in 2013 that prompted the heightened security of the BSIM. In order to support the addition of law enforcement mutual aid from around the area and from the State, Cal OES and its Public Safety Communications’ Tactical Communications Branch deployed to Monterey to establish a temporary radio network. Along with multiple towers with repeaters, they also established an incident command post where dispatchers handled all public safety communications for the race.



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Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd joined Cal OES as a public information officer in 2014 after a 20-year career in television news as a reporter, anchor and executive producer. He's a Cal State Sacramento alum and former US Navy yeoman and Air Force brat.

One thought on “QUICK LOOK: Big Sur Marathon, Bridging the Communications Gap

  • May 11, 2018 at 11:53 am

    I noticed in your article “Big Sur Marathon, Bridging the Communications Gap” there was no mention of the “Communications Reserve Unit” that provided a wide array of volunteer Technical & Subject Matter Experts to the event. How come the Communications Reserve Unit got no direct mention and their website link does not appear?


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