Event Date:April 24, 2022

Event News: Registration will begin in the summer of 2021, date to be determined

For information about the status of the Big Sur Marathon 12K in 2021 and 2022, please visit our FAQ page.

The 12K is an out-and-back course from the Marathon finish that includes a loop through the beautiful Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, the only event to tour this amazing place. The 12K is a great event for friends and family of those running a longer distance race as it provides an opportunity to run or walk a 12K while waiting for their runner to finish.



To be announced in the summer of 2021 for the April 24, 2022 race



You must be present to pick up your bib, participant shirt and race packet at the Health & Fitness Expo or race morning at the start; you cannot delegate another person to pick-up in your place unless you have completed an official Packet Pick-Up Authorization Form. Please be sure to make your travel plans accordingly.

No bus tickets are required for the 12K. Entrants are responsible for their own transportation to the start at the Marathon Finish Village. There will be race morning pick-up beginning at 6:30 AM at the Marathon Finish Village.



The 12K is open to 900 entrants.


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.

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

View a map of the 12K and 5K course

Due to the nature of the course, no animals, pacers, skates, skateboards, bikes, wheelchairs, hand cranks, baby joggers or children/infants in backpacks are allowed on the course. No bandits. No exceptions.  If you need special accommodations, call 831.625.6226.


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 sound of waves crashing against the rocks, the course entertainment and the experience with your fellow runners.