Big Sur Marathon Welcomes Half Marathon Event

Registration Still Open for November 12, 2017 Race

In 2003, the Big Sur International Marathon started a new race – a half marathon – on a different course and at a different time of year. The Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay, held in November, was an instant success and grew rapidly over the ensuing years.

Similarities between the two races included the stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Almost 80% of the half marathon course is run along the water’s edge in the communities of Monterey and Pacific Grove, several miles to the north of Big Sur. Because of location confusion however, the organization officially changed the name of the Monterey Bay Half Marathon.

Now, 15 years old, the Monterey Bay Half Marathon continues to stay strong, attracting runners from throughout the U.S. and close to two dozen countries. A solid field of elite runners are drawn to the half marathon each year because of its fast course and attractive prize money purse. A total of $32,000 including course record bonuses makes the Monterey Bay Half Marathon one of the highest prize purses for a U.S. half marathon.

The 13.1-mile race held along the beautiful Monterey Bay, a national marine sanctuary along the coast of California. Music and cheer stations dot the course, and runners hit the tourism highlights of the community including historic Monterey, Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the rocky shoreline and quaint downtown of Pacific Grove, Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf and the Custom House Plaza.

A two-day Health & Fitness Expo precedes the race, and 5K and 3K races take place the day before the half marathon.

Registration for all distance events remains open online through November 7 and at the race expo. To learn more, visit