Event Date:Sunday, April 29, 2018

Event News: Registration is now open!


The 12K is an out-and-back course from the Marathon finish that includes a loop through the beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. This is the perfect venue for friends and family of longer distance events, providing them an opportunity to run or walk a 12K while waiting for their “runner” to finish.



$100 from 9/1/2017 through 12/31/2017

$120 from 1/1/18 until sold out



Registration is now open. The 12K is limited to 1,000 entries and fills quickly.



The 12K starts at the Marathon finish line on Highway 1 at Rio Road at 7:35 AM. There will be food, water, portable restrooms, and entertainment at the start area.


The 12K (7.4-miles) features a beautiful out-and-back course beginning and ending at the Marathon finish and is the only race course that includes a loop inside the stunning Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

Note for 2018: The Big Sur Marathon course and the 12K/5K courses are not affected by the dramatic landslides that happened in the spring of 2017. The large landslide that made international news is about 70 miles/110 km south of the course.

The 12K features rolling hills and amazing views. Be prepared for an incredible journey!

View a map of the 12K and 5K course

Sorry, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, non-registered participants, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks allowed on the course. No exceptions.


The 12K features three aid stations about every 1.6-2.6 miles with Gatorade Endurance, water, refill stations for you to refill your personal bottles, and portable restrooms.


The 12K has more than five hours available to finish and both walkers and runners are welcome.


The 12K ends at the Marathon finish line on Highway 1 at Rio Road. The Finish Village includes light runner refreshments, a beer garden with craft beer, live entertainment, and race merchandise for sale.


The 12K event is timed but not scored. Every official finisher receives a finisher medal. There are no overall or age group awards or awards ceremony for the 12K.



Because the 12K starts and finishes at the Marathon finish line and are out-and-back courses, entrants are responsible for their own transportation to the race. There is free parking available at The Crossroads Carmel shopping center at Highway 1 and Rio Road and other nearby streets and shopping center parking lots.


We strongly discourage the use of iPods, headphones, ear buds or other MP3 or headphone devices in any of our events for safety reasons. Due to the nature of this course, you need to be able to hear verbal instructions or commands from race officials including course marshals on bicycles and to hear other vehicles or emergency vehicles on the course alongside you. We ask that you leave your headsets/earbuds at home to best enjoy the incredible scenery, the course entertainment and the experience with your fellow runners.