Event Date:Saturday, April 28, 2018

Event News: Registration is now open!


Pacific Grove’s  By-the-Bay 3K is a fun run on an out-and-back course next to the Monterey Bay that is held on the Saturday of Marathon race weekend. Over 5,000 school children, along with friends and family, take part in the annual Schools’ Competition as a fundraiser for their school. The 3K is open to the general public and is a great tune-up for one of Sunday’s longer distance events. Registration is now open!


$5.00 for children and youth ages 4 through 17
$20.00 for adults ages 18 and over through 12-31-17
$25 for adults beginning 1-1-18


Six “waves” beginning at 8:00 AM


The 3K will begin in six “waves”. Participant bibs will be color coded to accommodate these waves. Anyone with a child in a stroller should plan in starting with the sixth (last) wave.


The 3K begins and ends at Lovers Point Park in Pacific Grove. It is an out-and-back course, with the out portion run on the ocean lane, and the back portion on the inland lane.


Monterey County school children are invited to participate in the Schools’ Competition which is an opportunity to raise money for their school. Prizes are awarded FIVE DEEP in four categories:

Highest percentage of enrollment for schools of 375 or more
Highest percentage of enrollment for schools of less than 375
Highest number of participants for schools of 375 or more
Highest number of participants for schools of less than 375

If you are registering for the Schools Competition, you must register through your School Coordinator. 

If you miss the deadline to register with your child’s school, you can still register in the open 3K and be able to run with your classmates and friends.


Registered participants may pick up their bib and event shirt at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Portola Hotel & Spa on Friday of race weekend. Hours are noon to 6:00 PM. There is also race morning pick-up beginning at 6:30 AM at Lovers Point Park near the start of the 3K.

Participants in the Schools’ Competition may make special arrangements for a bulk pickup in advance of race day.


Parking will be available in the neighborhoods adjacent to Lovers Point Park. There will also be parking available for buses bringing groups of children for the Schools’ Competition.  Stay tuned for more details.


Must be four years of age or older and in good health to participate. This is a non-competitive fun run and is not timed or scored.



Online registration is provided by Active.com.  You may register ONLINE via the registration link.  Online registration for the open 3K will end on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at midnight and resume at the Expo on Friday, April 27, from noon to 6:00 PM.  There will also be race morning registration at Lovers Point from 6:30 to 7:45 AM.



Prior to the race start, there will be a warm-up session at Lovers Point Park.

After the race, at 9:30 AM, awards for the winners of the Schools’ Competition will be presented.


All participants receive a unique aquatic-themed t-shirt, a finisher’s medallion, and a  post-event snack.