|Online registration for the November 13, 2016 Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is now open.|
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:
Runners who complete Waves 2 Wine will receive a custom Challenge medallion and be eligible for drawings for some exciting prizes.
||The Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is part of the 2016 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
|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.|
|BANDITS & BIB SWITCHES||
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.
|ENTRY FEE INCLUDES:||
- A unique ASICS technical fabric long-sleeve t-shirt in gender-specific sizing.
|START TIME:||6:55 AM PST on Sunday, November 13, 2016 (subject to change)|
|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%
|ELITE ENTRANTS & PRIZE PURSE||
The 14th annual Big Sur Half Marathon on Monterey Bay is Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Monterey, CA.
Open Prize Money
Course Record Bonus
We will offer a $1,000 bonus for winning the race and running under the current event record. Event records are:
American Only Bonus:
1st place: $1,500
Ian Dobson (2006) 1:02:32
The awards ceremony begins at 10:00 AM at Custom House Plaza.
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.
|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 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 your 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 11 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 to the final wave. 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
|COURSE MAP:||To view a full-size version of the course map, click HERE or on the image below.
|Course Elevation Charts (to view as a full-size image click HERE)
Course Elevation Chart:
Course Elevation Chart with grades:
|IPODS AND AUDIO DEVICES:||
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."
We truly hope you'll opt to leave your headsets at home and instead let the incredible scenery, the music we provide on the course, and your fellow runners 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 charge 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® long-sleeve 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.
The Half Marathon Run is a timed, competitive event. Cash awards to the top five Open males and females based on GUN time.
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.
Note: Your GPS device will generally indicate a course length longer than 13.1 miles. 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 organization 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.