Event News: The 2020 race has been cancelled.

The 2020 By-the-Bay 3K has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled for 2020.

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.


2020 entry fees can be viewed HERE.


A six “wave” start beginning at 8:30 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.

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.


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 six categories:

Highest percentage of enrollment for small, medium and large schools
Highest percentage of enrollment for small, medium and large schools

If you are registering for the Schools Competition, you must register through your School Coordinator. This process will begin in the winter of 2020.

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 7:00 AM at Lovers Point Park in the upper parking lot.

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.


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 21, 2020 at 11:59 PM and resume at the Expo on Friday, April 24, from noon to 6:00 PM.  There will also be race morning registration at Lovers Point from 6:30 to 8:15 AM.



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

After the race, at 10:00 AM, awards for the winners of the Schools’ Competition will be presented.


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