The 2020 Race Has Been Cancelled

8/2/20 UPDATE: There will NOT be a virtual event.


The 2020 Monterey Bay Half Marathon, originally scheduled for Saturday November 14th, has been cancelled.

The Big Sur Marathon Foundation’s governance board made this difficult decision to cancel the in-person road races as they continued to monitor updates on large events from county, state, federal, and international public safety and health agencies during the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Our highest priority is always the safety of our participants, volunteers, friends and family, and residents. There are so many unknowns both with this virus and with the effects of it on large events. We were also very concerned about having access to needed public safety and medical officials, volunteers, and personal protection equipment and supplies during this ongoing crisis. We are informing you as soon as we could to give you time to adjust your plans. Again, we are very sorry that this unprecedented international crisis has forced us to cancel our races. 

The 2020 Big Sur Marathon and related events, originally postponed from their late April date to November 15th, have also been cancelled. Visit for more information.

We delayed opening registration for the Monterey Bay Half Marathon in order to closely monitor the fluid nature of the COVID-19 outbreak. We will not be offering a virtual race experience. All entrants from the 2018 Monterey Bay Half Marathon who chose to defer to 2020 will be given the option to switch their deferral to 2021 or 2022. Those entrants should expect to receive additional direct communication from race organizers regarding registering their choice option. 

We empathize with your disappointment and we are immensely grateful for your patience and support over the past few months. We can’t wait for the day when we are able to safely produce another world-class in-person running event for you. In the meantime, we hope you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. Thank you.

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