Bus Departure Times & Locations
If you are participating in the Marathon (includes Boston 2 Big Sur & Runner's World Challenge), the 21-Miler, or the 10.6-Miler, you will need to get a free bus ticket at the Health & Fitness Expo when you pick up your race packet. Buses depart from various locations on the Monterey Peninsula. You will be assigned a departure location based on where you are staying race weekend and the number of buses at each location. Please see below for departure times, locations, and links to maps. These maps will also be in your Race Weekend Instructions (emailed to participants and available March 31) and available at the Expo.
If you are staying in Big Sur, there will be a shuttle making a continuous loop between River Inn to the north and Deetjen's to the south. The shuttle will run from 4:45 AM to 6:00 AM. Runners wishing to take this shuttle should stand on the side of Highway One where they will be visible to the drivers. If you are staying in Big Sur and doing an event other than the marathon, you must still take the shuttle to the marathon start. At the marathon start, you will disembark and get on a different northbound bus to be transported to the start of your event (21-Miler, 10.6-Miler, Relay legs 2 - 5, 9-Miler or 5K). Plan on arriving at the marathon start no later than 6 AM.
The 9-Miler or 5K are out-and-back courses from the finish area in Carmel. Entrants in the 9-Miler and 5K are responsible for their own transportation to the start of their event at the Marathon finish (Highway One and Rio Road) unless staying in Big Sur (see paragraph above). Parking is available at the Crossroads Carmel shopping center and at the Barnyard Shopping Village one block north of Rio Road. For a map of the 9-Miler and 5K start and finish area, click HERE.
Buses to return runners to their morning departure locations will leave from the finish village from 10 AM to 2 PM. Buses returning runners to Big Sur will depart at 11 AM, 1 PM and 2PM (actual times determined by Highway One traffic conditions). For a map of the bus departure location from the finish, click HERE.
To view maps of event specific departure areas, click HERE.
BUS DEPARTURE LOCATIONS AND TIMES FOR THE MARATHON, 21-MILER, 10.6-MILER AND RELAY
|Marathon - Includes Boston 2 Big Sur and Runner's World Challenge participants|
|Custom House Garage (early)||3:30 - 4 AM|
|Custom House Garage (late)||4 - 4:15 AM|
|Carmel Middle School||3:30 - 4 AM|
|Embassy Suites||4:15 - 4:30 AM||For those staying at the Embassy Suites or neighboring hotels|
|Monterey Marriott||4 - 4:15 AM||For those staying at the Marriott|
|Carmel Plaza||3:45 - 4:15 AM||For those staying at downtown Carmel hotels or inns|
|Portola Hotel & Spa||4:15 - 4:30 AM||For Runner's World Challenge participants only|
|Barnyard Shopping Village||4:15 - 4:30 AM|
|Monterey Marriott||4:30 - 4:45 AM|
|Carmel Rancho Shopping Center||5:45 - 6 AM|
|Fisherman's Wharf (Monterey)||5:45 - 6 AM|
|Relay||All buses depart from Monterey Peninsula College|
|Leg 1||3:45 - 4:00 AM|
|Leg 2||4:30 - 4:45 AM|
|Leg 3||4:45 - 5 AM|
|Leg 4||5:45 - 6:15 AM|
BUS DEPARTURE LOCATION MAPS
- For a map of the overall bus departure locations click HERE
- For a map of the bus departure area in downtown Monterey (Marathon, Runner's World Challenge, and 21-Miler) click HERE
- For a map of the 21-Miler from the Barnyard, click HERE
- For a map of the 10.6-Miler from Carmel Rancho, click HERE
For a map of the 10.6-Miler from Fisherman's Wharf, click HERE