Scenic and fast course along the Monterey Peninsula offers special recognition for locals, military
CARMEL, CA — The 16th presentation of the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, produced by the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, is now open for registration. The November 11, 2018 race takes place on the Monterey Peninsula, a picturesque gem located on California’s Central Coast. Nine thousand slots are available for the event.
The loop course begins in Monterey and runs through the historic downtown before meeting up with the rocky shoreline of neighboring Pacific Grove. Just before mile 11, the course turns onto a paved recreation trail, exits near the Monterey Bay Aquarium for a return run through storied Cannery Row, and reenters the recreation trail to the finish at Monterey’s Fisherman’s Wharf.
Special limited-time discounts are now offered for locals and early registrants. Monterey County residents are offered a “locals only” opening price of $99 for the half marathon through April 16th, while general registration is $109 for the first 1,000 entrants. For the second year in a row, runners also have the opportunity to sign up for the Ocean View Challenge. An early bird registration fee of $125 secures a runner entry into the Pacific Grove Lighthouse 5K on Saturday, November 10th and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon on Sunday, November 11th.
Because this year’s Monterey Bay Half Marathon is on Veterans Day, veterans and active military are invited to participate in a military-only start wave. Veterans and active military who opt-in will be given a unique race bib and invited to start the race together so that they may be recognized before setting out on course. The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is eager to show its appreciation to our service members, both local and abroad.
The Monterey Bay Half Marathon continues to attract a competitive field of the nation’s best elite athletes. A total prize purse of $30,000 plus bonuses is offered including an exciting “Equalizer Bonus” for the first three male or female runners to cross the finish line. The Monterey Bay Half Marathon is also the final race of the annual “Waves to Wine Challenge,” a program of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation. Runners who complete the Monterey Bay Half in November and Salinas Valley Half in August, along with one additional race in the organization’s family of events, will receive a special medallion and be eligible for additional prizes. To learn more and register, visit montereybayhalfmarathon.org.
About the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
The Big Sur Marathon Foundation is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to create beautiful running events that promote health and benefit the community. Under the brand are four individual races: Big Sur International Marathon in April, Run in the Name of Love 5K and 2K in June, Salinas Valley Half Marathon and 5K in August, and the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, 5K and 3K in November. In addition, the Foundation oversees the award-winning JUST RUN® youth fitness program. www.bsim.org #bsimevents
Hillary Gibson, Big Sur Marathon Foundation
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