Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay

4.5 stars5 reviews

Monterey, California

Occurred on November 8, 2015
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13.1 miles
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More about this race

Registration$95 - $200
Now Closed
Race Size9,000 participants
Packet PickupExpo & Race Morning
Time Limit3.5 hours (16 min/mile)
CertificationCourse USATF Certified
Timed RaceYes
Minimum Age12 years old
BeneficiaryJUST RUN

Race Day!

Bag CheckAvailable
Past Weather
2013 Y Overcast 52°F → 54°F
2012 Y Mostly Cloudy 51°F → 57°F
2011 N Partly Cloudy 44°F → 52°F

Showing temperature at start time and 2 hours later.


5 participant reviews

Overall Rating 4.5 stars
Course Scenery 5 stars
Event Organization 3.5 stars
Vibe / Energy 4 stars
Participant Shirt 2.5 stars
Finisher Medal 5 stars
Expo / Packet Pick-up 3.5 stars
Event Start 4 stars
Course Entertainment 4.5 stars
Restrooms Sufficient
Course Aid Sufficient
5 starsover 5 years ago by Cat J.

This was a great race! Packet pick up was really easy, the corrals were set up well which resulted a good race start. The course was pretty easy with small rolling hills and had great views along the water.

It is chilly for the time of year and how early the race starts to try to bring something to stay warm until the start!

Review of 2013 Race · Race Junkie · Traveled to Race

4 starsover 5 years ago by Tom N.

If you want to run a half marathon, and you like taking long walks on the beach… This is your race. The Big Sur Half Marathon gives you the best of both worlds: a fairly flat course with both gentle breezes and gentle hills, plus all the best of this wonderful coastal town. You’ll run through Fisherman’s Wharf, Cannery Row, Pacific Grove, quaint downtown Monterey, and of course the world famous Monterey Bay Aquarium. Just don’t get distracted trying to spot the sea otters and other wildlife watching you along the way.

I’d visited Monterey before, so I expected the great views (and there’s no better way to see them than on a big run). But I was pleasantly surprised to see all the community groups, from students to veterans to Taiko drummers and other local musicians, cheering me on. Continue reading...

Review of 2013 Race · Casual Racer · Local to Race

5 starsover 5 years ago by Justin M.

Big Sur was probably my favorite race of 2013. Beautiful views combined with an energetic small town vibe make for a really fun race. The race started smoothly and had ample aid and restrooms. One of my favorite little touches was the mile markers, which are hand painted and hilarious.

It is an out-and-back course, so you do see a lot of the same (although beautiful) views twice. And the finish line amenities were the best I’ve seen so far — huge variety of snacks and food, and even hot soup. I also appreciate their efforts to make the race as green as possible.

Overall, it was an awesome race that I’ll definitely be running again next year.

Review of 2013 Race · Race Junkie · Local to Race

4 starsalmost 6 years ago by Katie H.

Well organized and friendly? Check. Energizing? Check. Oh my gosh, I want to keep going just to take in all the gorgeous views? Double-check.

The Big Sur Half Marathon is a fantastic race through the Monterey coastline. It combines the grandeur of a big destination race with the folksy hometown community support that makes races feel energizing. I appreciated the Taiko drummers, human jellyfish from the Monterey Aquarium, and a lovely cross-section of the community cheering me on. It’s a relatively flat course that traces down the coast. But I was catching my breath from the views almost as much from the running. And make a weekend of it: The Monterey Bay Aquarium is a world-class aquarium that you shouldn’t miss.

Review of 2013 Race · Casual Racer · Local to Race

4 starsabout 6 years ago by Shannon F.

While it doesn’t have the "corporate polish" of other races I’ve run, the Big Sur Half Marathon in Monterey is no less spectacular. The stunning course along the shores of Monterey (yes; the Big Sur Half Marathon is actually north of Big Sur), combined with the folksy little town spirit of support, make this a can’t miss race in Northern California. And where else can you run with otters and sea lions cheering you on from the distance?

Long flat stretches, ocean views, and cool breezes make for a solid run. And the medals are a treat. They’re not metal, and it’s the same basic design every year (like I said, it doesn’t feel corporate): but these unique, handmade ceramic pieces showing the wildlife of Monterey look truly awesome. It’ll find a special place on your mantle.

Review of 2013 Race · Race Junkie · Traveled to Race