Big Sur Marathon Run

On November 16, 2014 the Big Sur Half Marathon has its twelfth anniversary. One of the most prestigious runs in North America and the world, this fabulous, well attended, fund-raising event winds its way through some of Monterey California’s most beautiful areas.

The winning purse this year is $20,000, and the top prizes to be awarded include a 1st Place Prize of $3,000. But the Big Sur Half Marathon is more about individual achievement and raising money for charities than it is about prizes. Our partners in 2014 include Ronald McDonald House Charities, which includes their scholarship program, and much more. Committing to fund raising isn’t as hard as you think, and to help you out, the Half Marathon organizers have provided you with a few tips.

While fitness and personal bests are front and center for any runner, the landscape in the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur areas has always been a huge draw. Your route, beginning on Del Monte Avenue, takes you to Bay Park, and from there, through other amazingly beautiful and historic locations, and right by some outstanding Monterey homes. Runners pass through historic Cannery Row, home of John Steinbeck. They’ll pass close to Crocker Grove, home of Monterey’s oldest Cypress trees. Pacific Grove’s Post Office is on the route as well. One of the most scenic parts of the half marathon are the six miles you’ll run right beside Monterey Bay. Then there’s Oceanview/Sunset Drive, Lover’s Point, and finally the Rec Trail, leading runners right back to the finish line at Custom House Plaza.

Registration for this run has been open since April, and is now in its final phase. The cost to register for the Half Marathon through October and right up to November 8th is $130 for adults. The entry fee includes a unique ASICS t-shirt, a ceramic finisher’s medallion, bib tag timing, and much more. For complete details about this year’s November 16th Big Sur Half Marathon, please visit the event information Web page at

Run for a great cause, run for your health, and run by some of the most beautiful scenery and architecture that Monterey Bay has to offer!

This list was accurate at the time of publication. Please check directly with the venue to ensure dates, times, and locations remain the same.

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