Are You Going to Hold the 2021 Monterey Bay Half Marathon?

NO. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will NOT hold the Monterey Bay Half Marathon weekend in 2021. There is too much uncertainty about the ability to secure a permit to hold a large (9,000-plus) in-person event, recruit enough community volunteers, and make all the other necessary operational plans to conduct a safe and world-class event in 2021. 

Are You Going to Offer a Virtual Monterey Bay Half Marathon in November 2021?

NO, we will not offer a virtual Monterey Bay Half Marathon in 2021.

What if the Situation Changes and the Pandemic is Over in Mid-2021?

The status of the pandemic can and does change often. Although California dropped many pandemic rules and regulations on June 15, 2021, organizing an event the size and scope of the Monterey Bay Half Marathon weekend requires at least eight or nine months of planning. As of mid-June, we are also waiting for more state and county guidance about large in-person events and indoor conferences (like our traditional race expo). With less than five months before our traditional race weekend in November, there is not enough time to plan a large, successful event in 2021. 

Our next planned in-person races are the Big Sur International Marathon weekend on April 22-24, 2022. The next Monterey Bay Half Marathon weekend is planned for November 11-13, 2022.

Thank you for your your patience and understanding. Please monitor our social media pages and our websites for any updates:


What About Those Who Deferred Their 2018 Half Marathon Entry to 2020 or 2021?

There are about 900 or so entrants from the canceled 2018 Monterey Bay Half Marathon* who elected to defer to the 2020 or 2021 Monterey Bay Half Marathon. Since the 2020 and 2021 races were canceled, we contacted each of those entrants in the fall of 2020 and asked them to select if they wish to defer to the 2022 or the 2023 race. 

If you are one of those 900 entrants from 2018 and did not receive an email asking you to select your deferral year, please contact

*Note: The 2018 Monterey Bay Half Marathon was canceled race weekend due to poor air quality from the Camp Fire in Butte County.

How Will Future Races Change Due to COVID-19?

It’s difficult to say right now. Our events typically bring tens of thousands of runners, friends, family, and others from all 50 states and dozens of countries into our relatively small community. When will it be safe for domestic and international travel? When will we reach herd immunity with the vaccine? Will we still need to wear masks and maintain social distance in November 2022? Will proof of vaccine be required of all participants and volunteers by our county? As of June, 2021, there are still many unknowns.

We will continue to monitor best practices if and when larger events happen successfully in California and around the country. Our priority is always the safety of our participants, volunteers, vendors, suppliers, and community. Some areas of our races (and many others around the country) could change including in such areas as packet pick-up, the race expo, pasta dinner, transportation, start and finish villages, aid stations, post-race refreshments, and awards ceremonies.

We will provide updates to the April 2022 Big Sur Marathon and the November 2022 Monterey Bay Half Marathon races before registration opens for each race. Check this website for updates on the 2022 Monterey Bay Half Marathon. For updates about the 2022 Big Sur Marathon, please visit (or click on the marathon link at the bottom of each page of this website).


How Do I Receive Any Updates on Future Races?

The best way to stay updated about the status of our future events is to add your email address to our mailing list, available at the bottom of the home page at or Also, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Links for our social media are at the bottom of this page.

Thank You For Your Patience and Support

We appreciate your patience and consideration as we try to help our non-profit organization survive. We have survived landslides, bridge collapses, floods, and wildfires, though we have now had to cancel eight races in the last five years. We look forward to providing you another beautiful, world-class event when safe to do so. If you have any additional questions, please contact me at the information below.

Best wishes for your continued safety,

Doug Thurston

Race Director

Big Sur Marathon Foundation

Carmel, Calif.

(831) 625-6226