Taking the free race-provided transportation to the start is required (unless you are staying in Big Sur) if you are participating in the Marathon (including Boston 2 Big Sur & Runner’s World VIP), the 21-Miler, the 11-Miler, or for all legs of the Marathon Relay. Visit the Transportation Desk at the Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your free bus ticket, map and any information.

Highway 1 is closed to private vehicles early race morning and there is no parking or runner drop off at any start area.

Buses to return runners to their morning departure locations will leave from the finish village from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Click HERE for more information and a map of bus departure locations and times for all race distances.


The 12K and 5K are out-and-back courses from the finish area in Carmel. Entrants in the 12K and 5K are responsible for their own transportation to the start of their event at the Marathon finish (Highway 1 and Rio Road) unless staying in Big Sur. Parking for the 12K and 5K is available at the Crossroads Carmel shopping center and at the Barnyard Shopping Village one block north of Rio Road.

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