I grew up riding horses and competing at Pebble Beach, so I spent many of my summers in Monterey. We used to go out to barn dinners in downtown Carmel and Monterey. So when BibRave asked me if I wanted to run in the Monterey Bay Half Marathon, I jumped at the opportunity!
I received entry to the Monterey Bay Half Marathon as part of being a BibRave Pro.
I have heard nothing but great things about this race, it’s a fun and beautiful course. The course starts near the Fisherman’s Wharf, goes through Cannery Row, then along the coast until it turns around and heads back. There is music along the course as it winds down the coastline, so there are lots of ocean views.
This is also a great opportunity to see some elite runners from across the country race and run with them. Well I guess you wouldn’t be running with them.. but you can say you got to run with elite runners! Plus it will be incredibly motivating to see them run.
The Monterey Bay Half Marathon is also offering free race clinics by some of these female athletes! Come learn about strength training, conditioning your mind, and the science surrounding women-specific running. These clinics will take place on Saturday, November 11 at the fitness expo between 12 and 3pm. The Fitness Expo will be at the Portola Hotel and Spa in downtown Monterey.
Fun Fact: The gender split at this year’s Monterey Bay Half Marathon is 65% female to 35% male.
I will also be doing the 5k the day before as well, as an extra challenge for myself. And then I’ll be stopping by the expo to listen to the speeches. I can’t wait to hear from some of the leading women runners!
If you’ve never been to Monterey before, it’s a beautiful coastal town in Central California. It is also home to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, so bring the family to cheer you on and then head to the aquarium after your run!
Back in August, I ran the Salinas Valley Half Marathon which is run by the same people. It was a very fun experience; all of the volunteers at the expo and along the course were extremely friendly and encouraging and the post race area offered great snacks and chocolate milk (my favorite). So I am excited to run another one of their events.