Big Sur International Marathon

The Big Sur International Marathon was established in 1986 and today is managed by a 15-person Governance Board of the non-profit Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Over the course of the last three decades, the Foundation added the Monterey Bay Half Marathon (2003), Run in the Name of Love (2013), and the Salinas Valley Half Marathon (2015) to its family of events. The race events are managed year round by a six-person full-time staff.

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The Big International Marathon is a point-to-point course run on scenic CA Highway 1 from Big Sur to Carmel on the last Sunday each April. Towering redwoods, crashing waves, coastal mountains and verdant pastures are featured on this bucket list course. The centerpiece of the course is the iconic Bixby Bridge, located at the halfway point of the race, where youll be greeted by a tuxedo-ed musician playing a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano.

Big Sur International Marathon

Big Sur, California, US

Run in the Name of Love is a unique event offering runners and walkers the opportunity to honor and pay tribute to the very special people in their lives.

Participants will enjoy the charm of Carmel-by-the-Sea, its historic sites, the unparalleled natural beauty of the course (with views of sandy white beaches, the dramatic Pacific Ocean, Point Lobos, and Pebble Beach) and a memorable finish celebration.

Plus, its on Fathers Day! Begin your celebration with exercise, challenge, and fun! Perhaps you would like to make this a meaningful run or walk by running in the name of your dad? Or register for our Father/Daughter, Father/Son division and run the 5k together!

Run In The Name Of Love

Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, US

On this scenic USATF-certified half marathon course, runners and walkers start at Soledad Mission on Ft. Romie Rd. and go south for about 1 mile before turning west on Private Rd. 2 toward the Santa Lucia mountains. At mile 2.4, runners turn on Foothill/River Rd. and run north along the base of the mountains on the River Road Wine Trail. Participants will breathe cool, coastal Monterey Bay air as they pass vineyards and fields of row crops such as lettuce, spinach, carrots, and broccoli, before crossing the finish line among the vines at Pessagno Winery for a fantastic Finish Festival celebration!

Salinas Valley Half Marathon

Soledad, California, US

The Monterey Bay Half Marathon is an out-and-back course beginning in historic downtown Monterey, running along Steinbecks Cannery Row, and next to the beautiful Pacific Grove shoreline. The course features scenic views of waves crashing on rocky beaches, beautiful Victorian-era homes, and frequent sightings of aquatic life (whales, dolphins, sea otters, pelicans and more). Celebrate your finish with family and friends at downtown Montereys Custom House Plaza at our post-race Finish Village, where you can visit the Treadmill Recovery Center, enjoy a free beer at the Lagunitas Brewing tent and watch the Awards Ceremony.

Monterey Bay Half Marathon

Monterey, California, US