Always dreamed of joining the fun and beauty of Big Sur’s Half Marathon? Well, you better get moving because registration is nearly 80% complete for this November 14 event. Come to this beautiful part of the coast for the run that ‘gives back’ and then take time to enjoy the many pleasures of the world-renowned Monterey Peninsula. The 8th annual presentation of this Half Marathon offers...\r\n\r\n\r\n A gently rolling fast course that winds through historic downtown Monterey, along Cannery Row, and proceeds along Pacific Grove's coastline with incredible views of the Monterey Bay.\r\n An unparalleled race destination weekend. After the race, take some time to enjoy world-class golf, a spa afternoon, whale watching, world-class dining, shopping, wine tasting, a visit to the Monterey Bay Aquarium and much more.\r\n A walker friendly course that welcomes Half Marathon walkers. Other weekend events include the Run Forrest Run 5K and the JUST RUN!® Just Kids 3K fun run, both held on Saturday, November 13th.\r\n\r\n\r\nIn addition to staging world-class running events, a major focus of the non-profit Big Sur International Marathon is "giving back" to the local community through grants and charitable contributions. Since its inception in 1986, the Marathon has donated more than $2,500,000 to schools and community organizations in Monterey County. Each year, approximately 90 grants and awards are distributed from the proceeds of the Big Sur International Marathon.\r\n\r\nThe Big Sur International Marathon and Half Marathon also offer opportunities for additional charities to use the marathon and half marathon events as “goal races” to raise money for specific causes. This year’s Half Marathon Charity Partners include Inheritance of Hope, Ronald MacDonald House, Athletes for Adoption, Run for Burma, Holy Innocents Children's Hospital, Pancreatic Walks & Runs, and Team in Training San Francisco Chapter and Monterey Bay/Silicon Valley Chapter.\r\n\r\nFor information and registration, please visit http://www.bigsurhalfmarathon.org.