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Half Marathon

Online registration for the November 13, 2016 Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is now open.

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The 2016 Waves to Wine Challenge

Featuring crashing waves and verdant vineyards, Waves to Wine is a three-race challenge from the Big Sur Marathon's family of events.

Participants in the Waves to Wine Challenge must complete both the Salinas Valley Half Marathon in August and the Half Marathon on Monterey Bay in November. The third race choice can be one of the following:

  • An April Big Sur Marathon event of 9 miles and further OR
  • The June Run in the Name of Love 5K

Runners who complete Waves 2 Wine will receive a custom Challenge medallion and be eligible for drawings for some exciting prizes. 

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The Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is part of the 2015 California Half Marathon series.

To learn more, click HERE.

ENTRY FEE  $3 of your half marathon entry fee is a tax-deductible donation to JUST RUN, the Big Sur Marathon's award-winning youth fitness program 

Early Bird Special 4/1 through 4/7/16  Adult (ages 18+)
Youth (ages 12-17) 
$  90
4/8 through 7/31  Adult
8/1 through 11/7  Adult

There is a $10 Active Military discount.  It is not valid for spouses and dependents. 

Online registration will end on Tuesday, November 12, at at 11:59 PM. If not sold-out, there will be in-person registration at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 11, from noon to 6 PM and Saturday, November 12, from 9 AM to  6PM.  The race weekend entry fee will be $130.

COURSE TIME LIMIT  Before entering this race, please note that the Half Marathon course and finish line are only open for a 3.5 hour finish pace, or 16 minutes-per-mile. This time limit begins with the final start wave. Runners who are unable to maintain a 16-minute pace may be turned-around early and/or redirected to an alternate course. Aid stations, official finish times, finish medallions, and post-race refreshments are only available to runners who maintain a 3:30 finish pace or below 
CANCELLATION POLICY: Per the marathon running industry policy, all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy applies to all entrants and is in effect whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, etc.  If the course has to be changed or the race cancelled due to an act of nature, there are no refunds or rollovers. There are NO exceptions.  You may not defer your entry to another year or transfer, sell or give it to another person if you are unable to run. If you do not run or pick up your event shirt you may deduct the amount of your entry as a charitable contribution on your income tax return.  The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit 501(c)3 and the proceeds from our events go to local charities and grant groups.
REGISTRATION PROTECTOR The Active Network has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance to provide event organizers and participants with "Registration Protector."  If a participant misses the event for a covered reason, they can have their registration fees reimbursed.  Learn more and what is covered on the payment page of the registration process. For more information about the program, click HERE.  To contact Allianz, call 888.497.6987.

While it may seem like no big deal to give or sell your race bib to another person, it does present serious consequences to both the race organizers and the participant field alike. Race results and finisher's awards can be impacted and medical staff might not be able to identify a participant in need of treatment on the course. It is imperative that the person wearing the bib and taking part in the race is the same person that is in our registrant database.  This is for YOUR safety!

If a person is caught wearing a bib that is registered to someone else, both parties will be banned from participating in all Big Sur events for a period of one year. The person wearing the bib will also be disqualified from any official results.


- A unique ASICS technical fabric t-shirt in gender-specific sizing. 
- A ceramic finisher's medallion by artist Kathleen Kelly
- Bib tag timing by SVE Timing
- Food and drink at the finish
- A free Race Program & Weekend Guide
- A two-day Health & Fitness Expo
- Fluids, fuel and sanitary facilities on the course
- Live music and entertainment on the course

START TIME: 6:55 AM PST on Sunday, November 13, 2016
START LOCATION: On Del Monte Avenue at Camino El Estero in downtown Monterey. For a map of the start area, click HERE.
PARKING Parking is available at the Custom House Garages (on Franklin between Alvarado and Washington) prior to 5:30 AM, and/or at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) and Del Monte Center (DMC) from 5:00 - 6:30 AM.  A shuttle will drop you near the start from MPC and DMC, and there will be return shuttles post-race between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM.  For a map of parking directions, click HERE.

Custom House Plaza, between Portola Hotel & Spa and Fisherman's Wharf.  For a map of the finish area, click HERE.


Average Temperature: 50° - 60° F. Average Humidity: 30 - 50%


The 14th annual Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Monterey, CA. 

Open Prize Money
To be determined

Course Record Bonus

We will offer a $1,000 bonus for winning the race and running under the current event record.  Event records are:
MEN-1:02:32, Ian Dobson, 2006
WOMEN-1:09:43, Belainesh Gebre,2010

Drug Testing:
Athletes who participate in this competition may be subject to drug testing in accordance with the IAAF Procedural Guidelines for Doping Control or the Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code.  Drug testing, and the adjudication of positive findings, will be carried out by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).  Athletes found to have committed a doping violation will be disciplined according to the USADA Protocol and suspended, if appropriate, according to applicable IAAF rules.  Such penalties may result in a period ineligibility as well as disqualification from the event.  Any substance taken by an athlete is at his/her own risk and may result in a positive sample.  (This includes cold medicines, nutritional supplements, and some over-the-counter medicines).  Information on drugs and drug testing may be obtained by calling the USADA Drug Reference Hot Line at 1.800.233.0393, or the USADA web site www.usantidoping.org.

Elite and Open Half Marathon Standards*




Elite Standard*
Seeded Standard* 

Elite Standard*
Seeded Standard*



Seeded Standard*


Seeded Standard*

  *Performances recorded on USATF-certified half marathon courses within the past 12 months (equivalent performance of other distance accepted) 

ELITE standard athletes will receive an elite runner's dinner invitation and be considered for hotel accommodations.

If you qualify for elite athlete assistance or provisions, please contact Greg Mislick at gmislick@nps.edu or Steve Butler at ssssbutler@hotmail.com.  Registration for elite runners will end on Friday, October 30, 2015 )or earlier if all elite bibs have been reserved).


Ian Dobson (2006)        1:02:32
Belainesh Gebre (2010)   1:09:43 


The awards ceremony begins at 10:00 AM at Custom House Plaza.  In the event of rain, the location may be moved to the Steinbeck Forum of the Monterey Conference Center. 

Cash awards are based on GUN, not tag time. Divisional awards will be based on tag time.  There is no double dipping...athletes winning cash awards or cash bonuses are not eligible for divisional awards.

Awards will go five deep in five year age divisions after 12-15 years and 16-19 years.

Bibs with attached timing tags, event shirts and 2016 Race Program must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 11th or Saturday, November 12th. A photo ID is required for packet pickup and you must be present to pick up your bib; no one can pick it up for you. Please make your travel plans accordingly. Due to renovations to the Monterey Conference Center, the Expo will be held in the De Anza Rooms at the Portola Hotel & Spa. Hours are noon to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday.

If you cannot pick up at the Expo, there is race morning pick up between 5:30 and 6:45 AM.  A packet pick-up tent will be located on Del Monte Avenue in front of the Del Mar French Laundry near the start.  Please know your bib number in advance.  You may look up your bib number via the confirmation link.  Be sure to bring you photo ID or a photocopy of it.  We cannot guarantee your shirt size for race day pick up.
START CORRALS: Half marathon participants will be seeded in corrals according to predicted finish time and the race will start in 12 waves. Categories include projected finish times of 1:15 to 1:43; 1:44 to 1:53; 1:54 to 1:58; 1:59 to 2:02; 2:03 to 2:08; 2:09 to 2:14; 2:15 to 2:19; 2:20 to 2:26; 2:27 - 2:31; 2:32 - 2:41; 2:42 - 3:05; and 3:06+. If you do not provide a projected finish time, we will assign you one of 3:30.  Click HERE for a map of the start area.
PACING  Pacing by non-registered participants or those not starting at the starting line is prohibited. 
PARTICIPANT REQUIREMENTS: - No pets, wheels, pacers, or baby joggers on the course

- No selfie sticks or poles
- You must be able to complete the course in 3 1/2 hours
- You must be at least 12 years of age or older to participate
- You must be in good health and physically prepared to take on the challenges of a half marathon
- Race numbers are required to take part in the race. NO BANDITS! Anyone running with another person's bib will be banned from participating in Big Sur Marathon events for a period of one year, along with the person who sold or gave away the bib.
- Limited to 9,000 participants

COURSE MAP: To view a full-size version of the course map, click HERE or on the image below. 

2015 Half Marathon Course Map 

  Course Elevation Charts (to view as a full-size image click HERE)

Course Elevation Chart:
Course Elevation Chart

Course Elevation Chart with grades:
Course Elevation Chart with Grades
USA Track & Field has amended Rule 144.3, which pertains to the use of headphones and other electronic devices, to enable race directors to choose to allow the use of headphones by runners in non-championship races.  The rule now reads:

"The following shall be considered assistance and therefore not allowed:

The visible possession or use by athletes of video, audio, or communications devices in the competition area. The Games Committee for an LDR event may allow the use of portable listening devices not capable of receiving communication; however, those competing in Championships for awards, medals, or prize money may not use such devices."

Our organization strongly discourages the use of Ipods and other headphone devices by those not competing for prize money or divisional awards.  We continue to stress that by using an audio device you will compromise your safety and that of others. If wearing an Ipod or other audio device results in you being unable to hear verbal instructions or commands, or approaching vehicles or course marshals on bicycles, you may be asked to relinquish the device.  We ask that you take responsibility and use good judgement if you opt to wear an audio device. 

We truly hope you'll opt to leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery and music we provide on the course serve as your motivation and inspiration.


Online registration is provided by Active.com.

You may register online by clicking HERE. When registering, you must give a predicted finish time and you will be seeded accordingly. 

CONFIRMATION: If you register online and provide a valid email address, a confirmation email is automatically generated.  Due to firewalls and spam filters, we cannot guarantee you will actually receive that email.  If you do not provide an email address, your canceled check or credit card is your confirmation.

All entries can also be confirmed online within 24 hours of registration.  Go to the Registration link and click "Entry Confirmation." A photo ID is required to pick up your bib, shirt and race packet and you must be present; no one can pick up for you.

The official shirt for the 2016 Half Marathon will be a gender specific ASICS® technical fabric shirt. These shirts WILL NOT SHRINK. If you have further questions on sizing and would like to see the sizing chart, click HERE


Timing will be provided by South Valley Endurance. The timing chips are attached to your bib and should not be removed. For instructions on how to properly attach your bib, click HERE.

The Half Marathon Run is a timed, competitive event. Cash awards to the top eight Open males and females, and the top three Masters males and females (age 40 and over) are based on GUN time.

Divisional (age group) awards will be based on tag time. There is no "double dipping." Athletes who win cash awards are not eligible for divisional awards.

If hoping to place overall or in your division, you may NOT wear an Ipod or other headphone device. 


Course is subject to change.

The out and back certified course begins on Del Monte Avenue at Camino El Estero and heads east on Del Monte next to the Window on the Bay Park. Runners turn right on Camino Aguajito at the eastern end of Lake El Estero and then make the next right onto Third Street. After crossing Camino El Estero, Third becomes Pearl Street. Runners stay on Pearl until Alvarado where they turn right. At Franklin Street, runners turn right again and then left on Washington, left on Del Monte and pass through the Custom House Tunnel. After emerging from the tunnel, runners veer right onto Foam Street. They take Foam to Drake and turn right again and then left onto Cannery Row. They run the length of Cannery Row and then turn right on Ocean View Blvd. in Pacific Grove. At Fountain Avenue runners turn left and proceed to Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove where they turn right. They take another right at the Pacific Grove Post Office onto Central Avenue. At 17th Street runners turn left and continue down to Ocean View Blvd. and Lover's Point. The next six miles are run next to the Monterey Bay. Oceanview becomes Sunset Drive just past Asilomar Blvd. Runners will make the turnaround at Asilomar Beach. They will return to Lover's Point the same way (but in the ocean side lane) and then get on the Recreation Trail. Runners take the Rec Trail back to Cannery Row where they will again run down the Row to Drake. At Drake runners get on the Rec Trail again and take it to the finish at Custom House Plaza.

For a comprehensive explanation of course measurement and GPS readings HERE.

RACE ETIQUETTE GUIDE  New to running? You might want to check out our Race Etiquette Guide in advance of race day. 
AID: Water stations, also offering Gatorade, will be found approximately every two miles on the course. GU will be available at two aid stations on the course (miles 5,9 and 9.4). If you are taking part in our BYOB program ("Bring your own Bottle"), a fill up station will be available at the turnaround (approximate mile 7.7). There will be first aid and medical care at all aid stations and at the finish.

The Big Sur International Marathon is a non-profit and the proceeds of our events are donated to local charities and grant groups. The proceeds from our Half Marathon are dedicated to our youth fitness program, JUST RUN®. JUST RUN is a free program designed to assist schools and other youth organizations by providing vital youth fitness programs. Geared towards promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles in grades 2-8, the program encourages physical activity and healthy eating habits as well as promoting good citizenship and family involvement. Please visit www.justrun.org for more information.

For information on other charity groups associated with our events, click HERE.  If you'd like to see how your charity can benefit from association with Big Sur International events, view our guidelines HERE or call 831.625.6226.