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

NO. As of April, 2021, we are not planning to hold the event in 2021 due to ongoing concerns with the pandemic, the ability to secure a permit, and the ability to recruit enough volunteers. 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.

If there are any changes, we will update this page.

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

We are NOT currently planning to have a virtual event in November 2021.

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

The status of the pandemic can and does change often. We also noted that the governor of California expects the state to “return to normal” by mid-June, 2021, if certain metrics are met (vaccine distribution and use and hospital capacity). Of course, this would be wonderful. However, organizing an event the size and scope of the Monterey Bay Half Marathon typically requires at least eight or nine months of planning.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely. However, as of April 2021, our next planned in-person races are the Big Sur International Marathon weekend on April 22-24, 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 and 2021 races were canceled, 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 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 2022?

There are so many unknowns still. 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 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