Salinas Valley Half Marathon Discontinued After Nine-Year Run

Thank you for your interest in the Salinas Valley Half Marathon. On January 2, 2019, the Big Sur Marathon Foundation
announced that the Salinas Valley Half Marathon will no longer be held due to declining participation. The 2018 race last
August was the ninth and final event. We are deeply saddened by the cancellation of this local race loved by many, but
we feel it is the right decision for our community at this time.

The non-profit Big Sur Marathon Foundation took over the race in 2016 at the request of the fellow non-profit Salinas
Valley Half Marathon organization. It was hoped the additional marketing efforts of the larger organization combined
with the popularity of Big Sur’s many sold-out races would help bring higher entry numbers back to the Salinas Valley
event. Despite the Foundation’s best efforts, including the addition of a family-friendly 5K fun run, the Salinas Valley Half
Marathon has proven itself no longer financially viable to produce. Only 772 individuals entered the last race, down
more than 50 percent from eight years ago.

Race participants, volunteers, partners, vendors and suppliers have been notified of the cancellation.
We are happy to report, however, that the former Salinas Valley Half Marathon and Big Sur Marathon Foundation will
be donating a total of $10,000 from remaining event funds to three of our long-time partners: Sun Street Center,
Soledad Mission, and the Salinas YMCA.

Thank you for your understanding. We are so grateful for the support of our runners, partners, vendors, volunteers, and
suppliers over the past nine years.
-The Salinas Valley Half Marathon Team
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