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

Updated January 2021: To be determined. After what we have all been through with this pandemic, we realize that there are still so many unknowns and making plans seems to be an exercise in frustration.

We will continue to monitor vaccine distribution and use in our area and around the country and world. We will determine likely in the late spring or early summer of 2021 if we will be able to secure a permit for an in-person event in November 2021.

We will update this page when we have more information.

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

As of January, 2021, this is still to be determined. Look for updates in the late spring or summer of 2021.

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

If vaccine distribution and use improves and in-person events are safe to hold in the fall of 2021, that will be great news for our community and our runners. We will continue to monitor the situation closely. As of January 2021, our next planned races are the Big Sur International Marathon on April 24, 2022 and the 2022 Monterey Bay Half Marathon November 11-13, 2022.

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 race was canceled and the 2021 event may not be viable, we have contacted each of those entrants to defer to 2022 or 2023 when we believe it will be safe to hold the race.

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

How Will Future the Foundation’s 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. 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.


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.

Thank You

We appreciate your patience and consideration as we try to help our non-profit organization survive. We have survived landslides, bridge collapses, floods, and forest fires though we have had to cancel five races in the last four years—and now are proactively canceling three more through 2021. 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