SCENIC ROUTE: If you've done any running for any amount of time, you likely know the runs that go by water or especially scenic areas. And you know the runs that most decidedly do not. But oftentimes a waterside course can mean a short dash within reach of a pier or shoreline before the course turns inland once again. Not necessarily disappointing, but you definitely are not taking in the ocean views. That is not the case with the Big Sur Half Marathon. The name is a bit of a giveaway, right? There will be craggy rocks and sea birdage and waves doing the crashing thing they're famous for for the bulk of the run. Have a look-see at the map. It wends through Pacific Grove and Monterey, calling upon Asilomar State Beach and Lovers Point Park along the way. And is there a howdy and hello to the Point Pinos Lighthouse? Indeed.
2011 DATE: The run is on for Sunday, November 20, which is just four days ahead of a certain feast-y holiday. We mention it, because of the feast-y aspect, but you'll also want to show up at your various parties bragging about the big run you just did. Bragging isn't bad if you share the pretty things you saw along the way. Crashing waves and gulls and lighthouses and such. You'll be the hit of Thanksgiving.
SIGNING UP: Spots get snapped up lickety-split for the half marathon, year in and year out. Organizers recommend that those who still want to participate partner with a charity (the run is now sold out). Inheritance of Hope and the Ronald McDonald House are two of the run's registered organizations. Find out more.