Race Day & Finish Festival
The What's, How's, and When's
Information below is based on our last event in 2019 and is presented for informational purposes. Any changes or updates in the April 24, 022 race-day experience due to COVID-19 will be shared in the summer of 2021.
- All marathoners, 21-Milers, Relay runners and 11-Miler runners must take a bus to the start of their event. The bus departure map can be viewed HERE.
- 12K and 5K entrants are responsible for their own transportation to the start. Parking is available in the Crossroads Carmel and Barnyard shopping centers’ parking lots.
- There is water, coffee, fruit and bagels available at most start venues
- The 21-Miler begins at 6:30 AM at Andrew Molera State Park. Click HERE to view the 21-Miler start map.
- The Marathon and Relay begin at 6:45 AM at the Pfeiffer Multi-Use Facility Big Sur Station. The start is in three waves, approximately five minutes apart. Click HERE to view the Marathon start map.
- The 11-Miler starts at 7 AM at Grimes Ranch on Highway 1. Click HERE to view the 11-Miler start map.
- The 12K and 5K begin at 7:35 AM at the marathon finish line at Highway 1 and Rio Road in Carmel. Click HERE to view the 12K/5K start and finish area.
What to Expect
- After crossing the finish line, participants will receive their event medallion, water, and a heat sheet if conditions warrant. Medical personnel will be available.
- MarathonFoto will be on hand to take your finish picture
- After leaving Highway 1, participants will be guided into the food tent and then into the main finish area. Big Sur VIP, Boston 2 Big Sur, and Marathon Tours entrants will exit prior to the food tent and be guided to their own event tents.
- Live music, hot soup, a beer garden (for those 21 and older), a massage tent (marathon only), and a merchandise tent will be available to all finishers.
- Runners and walkers can connect with their families and friends at the Runner Reunion area near the food tent.
- Results will be available HERE as participants cross the finish line and in the Finish Village in the results tents. Results will also be texted to those who supplied a cell phone number during registration. Unofficial results will be published in Monday’s Monterey County Herald.
The Marathon, B2B, and Relay Awards Ceremony begins at 11:30 AM at the same location.
- To be eligible for overall and divisional awards, runners must show a time for all split timing mats located on the course (miles 5, 9.8, 13.15, 15.6, 17, 21.2 and 24). Only 4-person relay teams are eligible for awards.
- Marathon awards go to the top five male and female finishers and the top three masters (age 40+) based on GUN time.
- Divisional (age group) awards go five-deep in five-year incremental age divisions, both male and female, after 16-19, based on CHIP time. Double-dipping IS permitted.
- Special division awards for Monterey County Residents and Active Military go three-deep to both male and female participants.
- Boston 2 Big Sur awards go to the top three open male and female runners and top three masters (age 40+) male and female runners for their combined Boston and Big Sur chip times.
- Relay awards go to the top three teams in the following divisions. Only 4-person teams are eligible for awards.
- Open Male
- Open Female
- Open Mixed
- Masters Mixed
- Corporate Mixed
- The 21-Miler, 11-Miler, 12K and 5K are timed events, but there are no overall or divisional awards given.