The enthusiastic support of cheering spectators can really help with that final push to the finish. We encourage your friends and family to come watch the race and support all who have taken on the challenge of running 13.1 miles.
Spectators should keep in mind that the many road closures in effect race day may cause delays in getting from point to point. It is best for you to choose only one or two viewing locations.
If you choose to view the race start, the best spot can be found at Window on the Bay Park along Del Monte Avenue or on the south side of Del Monte on the shore of Lake El Estero. It’s a short, five minute walk from the start area to the finish at Custom House Plaza.
Cannery Row is a great spot to see runners at about mile 2.5 on the way out and mile 12 on their way to the finish. If you are driving to Cannery Row, plan your route in advance due to road closures. Driving instructions can be found in the Race Weekend Instructions (available online at bigsurhalfmarathon.org). Parking is available in the Cannery Row Parking Garage or on city streets.
“America’s Last Hometown,” Pacific Grove, offers great viewing either on Lighthouse Avenue in the downtown area (near mile 4) or at Lovers Point (mile 4.4 on the way out and 10.8 on the way back). Parking is available on nearby side streets.
The most exciting spot to watch the race is at the finish in the Custom House Plaza adjacent to Fisherman’s Wharf. Parking is available in the nearby Wharf Parking Lot after 8:45 AM. Check all street meters and surface lots carefully as most do charge for Sunday parking.
We look forward to having you join us race day to cheer on our runners and walkers! Your support and encouragement are invaluable to our participants
Drive the Route Before the Race
We encourage all race participants to drive the beautiful coastal race route in advance and take in some of our local attractions along the way. Visit the shops and restaurants along Cannery Row and be sure to stop in downtown Pacific Grove to enjoy the quaint architecture and numerous shops. After attending the Expo, take a walk down historic Alvarado Street or head to Fisherman’s Wharf on the water for a free sampling of clam chowder.