ARE YOU GOING TO HOLD THE APRIL 2021 BIG SUR MARATHON OR OTHER RACES?

Updated January, 2021: The Big Sur Marathon weekend of events will not be held in April 2021. At this time, we continue to watch the status of the pandemic and, in particular, vaccine distribution closely. While we are hopeful that widespread vaccine distribution and use during the first half of 2021 may help the world somewhat to normal in the second half of 2021, we do not know when will be able to secure a permit with County and State officials for our next event. We hope that by July or August of 2021 we will be able to begin planning for our next race weekend April 22-24, 2022.

Effective in September 2020, the board of our non-profit organization made the very difficult decision to suspend most of the Foundation’s operations. This suspension will continue until permits for large events are available in Monterey County and in California and race planning and registrations can begin again safely. This action allows our organization to operationally weather this global health crisis

Near term, this means that:

  • We suspended the JUST RUN youth fitness program for the 2020-2021 school year.
  • We will not hold the April 2021 Big Sur Marathon weekend of races
  • We will not hold the June 2021 Run in the Name of Love
  • We anticipate not holding the November 2021 Monterey Bay Half Marathon race weekend
  • Grants for our volunteer organizations that support our race weekend efforts.

In addition, with no current races on the horizon, we reduced our staff from seven to only two, Race Director Doug Thurston and Administrative Manager Chris Balog, along with Eddie Gonzalez, who provides shipping and mailing support for our merchandise program.

ARE YOU GOING TO OFFER A VIRTUAL BIG SUR MARATHON IN 2021?

No, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation has suspended most operations and, at this time, we are not planning any additional virtual events for 2021.

WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO ENTERED THE APRIL 2020 RACE WEEKEND?

All April 2020 entrants were offered a 60% refund of their entry fees or the option to donate 100% of their entry fees to our non-profit organization. All refunds or donations were processed by August 2020. If you were an entrant in one of our April 2020 races (5K and up) and did not receive an email with restitution information, please contact info@bsim.org and we will research your entry.

We did not open registration for the November 2020 Monterey Bay Half Marathon so there are no entrants in that canceled race.

We canceled the June 2020 Run in the Name of Love after registration had been open only about six weeks and all of these entrants were provided refunds.

DID YOU DEFER ANY MARATHON ENTRIES TO 2021 OR 2022?

No April 2020 entrants were deferred to future years. April 2020 entrants will have a priority registration period for the April 2022 or the April 2023 race weekends. (Note: there are a few dozen runners from 2019 or earlier that have special circumstances, and we have communicated directly with these entrants.)

For more information about the April 2020 entrant refund program, read through a separate FAQ HERE

WILL APRIL 2020 ENTRANTS HAVE A GUARANTEED ENTRY INTO THE NEXT RACE IN APRIL 2022?

Those who entered the April 2020 Marathon or other race distances will have the opportunity to enter the April 2022 race before the general public (assuming a 2022 race is viable with the pandemic). April 2020 entrants will receive more information as 2022 registration plans are confirmed, likely in July or August of 2021. April 2022 registration plans will be updated at www.bigsurmarathon.org.

HOW WILL FUTURE BIG SUR MARATHON RACES CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19?

It’s difficult to say right now. Our events typically bring tens of thousands of runners, friends, family, and others from all 50 states and dozens of countries into our relatively small community. We will continue to monitor best practices if and when larger events happen successfully in California and around the country. Our priority is always the safety of our participants, volunteers, vendors, suppliers, and community. Some areas of our races (like other races around the country) could change including, for example, packet pick-up, the race expo, pasta dinner, transportation, start and finish villages, aid stations, post-race refreshments, and awards ceremonies.

We will provide updates to the April 2022 Big Sur Marathon weekend of events before registration opens, likely in the summer of 2021.

HOW DO I RECEIVE ANY UPDATES ON FUTURE RACES?

The best way to stay updated about the status of our future events is to add your email address to our mailing list, available at the bottom of the home page at www.bigsurmarathon.org or www.montereybayhalfmarathon,org. Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

THANK YOU

We appreciate your patience and consideration as we try to help our non-profit organization survive during this crisis. We have survived landslides, bridge collapses, floods, and forest fires though we have had to cancel five races in the last four years—and now are proactively canceling three more races in 2021. We look forward to providing you another beautiful, world-class event when allowed and when safe to do so. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at the information below.

Best wishes for your continued safety,

Doug Thurston
Race Director
Big Sur Marathon Foundation
Carmel, Calif.
info@bsim.org
(831) 625-6226
bigsurmarathon.org