My Short History of the Monterey Bay Half Marathon

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation proudly presented the 15th Monterey Bay Half Marathon earlier this month. If you’re not familiar with the “Monterey Bay Half Marathon” let me reminisce…

I started running the “Big Sur Half Marathon” about ten years ago. Over the past decade the name of the race evolved to more accurately reflect its location (along the coastline of the Monterey Bay). Back then, a destination race was a relatively new thing, and I was into it. Having a training cycle that culminated in a long weekend away with friends, exploring local sites and drinking in the culture turned running into a healthy habit for me.

The dramatic coastline located about 60 miles southwest of Silicon Valley captivated me. Eventually, I became part of the local running community that hosts the magnificent running events, also including the Big Sur Marathon, Run in the Name of Love, and the Salinas Valley Half Marathon.



Behind the Scenes (BTS) of Run Tech Happy Hour

With our running and work lives busier than ever, the need for enriched experiences during a getaway weekends has emerged. My role is to scheme with the Foundation’s partners and resources to provide you with experiences that are fun and memorable! I want you to enjoy your training journey to Big Sur, arrive healthy, celebrate, and share your accomplishment afterward. Therefore, I “piloted” an activity at the half marathon combining two local treasures–high tech & viticulture–to determine whether or not it would appeal to our cherished visitors. Could you possibly be a wine-tasting, runner like me?



Indeed you are!

Big data, training apps, small devices, and the tannins of a local Touriga made for a lively Run Tech Happy Hour! If you RSVP’d to our exclusive 40-guest-happy hour, you were able to interact with emerging running gadgets, their inventors, your travel companions, and newly-made friends. Along with you, I explored the smaller and new run-specific technologies to evaluate where they might fit into our events and programming to enhance your journey to our race weekends.  Likewise, I enjoyed the local wines of Pierce Ranch Vineyards.


Photos by Heather McWhirter




If you missed the meet-up, we hope you didn’t miss the offers placed in our Virtual Event Bag provided by Strava, FastZach, MilestonePod, and AfterShokz. We’ll be continuing to curate and foster brands to help you stay motivated to get to our start line. We want to be with you on your training journey to Big Sur and celebrate with you at the finish festival in Carmel. I’m stoked that we can find commonality around run & tech, physically and intellectually challenge ourselves, explore, and become run buds!