Race Day Schedule:

5:30 a.m    Half Marathon participant parking opens
6:00 a.m.   Half Marathon bib pick-up opens
6:30 a.m.   5K and finish area parking opens at the lot near Pessagno Winery (Gonzales River Road) and 5K bib pick-up begins
7:00 a.m.   Access to half marathon participant parking closes  (Do Not Be Late!)
7:30 a.m.   Half Marathon race starts/Finish Festival begins (new start time for 2018!)
7:30 a.m. Start of the Salinas Valley 5K close to the spectator parking area adjacent to Pessagno Winery

9:30 a.m. First bus departs spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery to transport participants to Soledad Mission
10:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony begins
11:30 p.m. Race finishes; course cleared and roads open
12:30 p.m.   Last bus leaves spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery to transport participants to Soledad Mission

The Salinas Valley 5K

New for 2018, the Salinas Valley 5K is a family-oriented fun run. The 5K begins near the spectator parking area near the half marathon finish and ends at the Pessagno Winery. The 5K is timed, but is non-competitive; there are no overall or age group awards. Entrants receive a participant shirt, wine glass, and free wine tasting at the Finish Festival. The 5K is open to 250 entrants. The entry fee is  $30 for adults (age 18+) and $25 for youth (ages 5-17) and Active Duty Military.

Race Weekend Instructions with Course Map

2018 Race Weekend Instructions are now available in English and Spanish.

Bib Pickup

Photo ID Required. Bibs will not be mailed to participants. Participants should pick up their bibs on Friday, August 3rd at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Farmer’s Market  (at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane) from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm or on race day at the registration area (Soledad Mission) starting at 6:00 am. Photo ID is required for bib pick-up. Military ID or valid Student ID are required if you register for the Military or Student discounted rates. If you are picking up a bib the day before on behalf of someone else, you must have a written note from them along with a copy of their photo ID. We recommend that you pick up your bib at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Farmer’s Market on Friday, August 4th to save time on race morning and ensure you’re ready to run at 7:30 AM.

5K bib pick-up will be available at the spectator parking area off Gonzales River Road near Pessagno Winery beginning at 6:30 a.m.

Gear Check Bags

There will be a gear drop-off area at the Soledad Mission and a truck will transport gear bags to the finish for you to pick up. You may use the goody bag available to you at bib pickup, or additional bags will be available at the drop-off. Write your bib number on the gear bag.

Awards

The half marathon awards ceremony will occur in phases, beginning at 10:00 AM for the fastest finishers, and continuing throughout the Finish Festival as complete results for each age category are available. The top three male and female overall winners will receive cash prizes. There is no double dipping; cash prize winners are not eligible for age group awards. The top three finishers in each of the following age categories will be recognized with trophies: 12-15 / 16-20 / 21-24 / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75+.  All finishers receive a medal.

Race Policies

  1. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Due to liability issues, transferring of bibs is strictly prohibited. Any participant caught wearing another person’s bib will face an automatic disqualification and may be banned from future events. Please don’t put us in that position.
  2. Because the course is on roads through agricultural land and for food safety reasons, no pets will be allowed anywhere at the race (start line, along the course or finish festival.)
  3. Wheels of any kind are prohibited including but not limited to: wheelchairs, baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades.
  4. Half Marathon entry is limited to those ages 12 and over. It is strongly recommended that a registered parent or guardian run/walk along with inexperienced minors throughout the race.
  5. 5K entry is limited to 250 entrants ages five and older.
  6. A finishing time limit of 4 hours will be enforced.
  7. Entry is limited to the first 2,000 registered participants.

Donations

Additional donations to the Salinas Valley Half Marathon help benefit the Salinas Valley by promoting health and wellness in the community. Salinas Valley Half Marathon is now a part of the Big Sur Marathon Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Bib pick-up will be available Friday, August 3rd at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Farmer’s Market  (at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane) from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.  There is FREE Valet Parking available at the parking garage at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane.

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Busing to Race Start: Parking for participants only is now available two tenths of a mile from the Soledad Mission and start line. Runners may also elect to be dropped off at participant parking. No spectator parking at the start will be permitted. Gear check bags will be transported from the start to the finish and bags will be provided at the start if needed. From 6:00 AM until 12:00 PM, River Road will be closed to traffic beginning 1.5 miles north of the finish line at Pessagno Winery and all along the course. There will be no parking at Pessagno for participants or spectators. After the race, participants will need to walk approximately one-half mile to the spectator parking area where they will board a bus and be taken back to participant parking near the Soledad Mission.

Spectator Parking & Busing: There is no parking at the finish line area at Pessagno Winery. Spectator parking will be available in a lot off Gonzales River Road near Pessagno Winery. Spectators will be required to walk approximately one-half mile to reach Pessagno Winery from the drop-off location adjacent to the race course. This walking route along the course will be the only location for spectators to cheer for runners before they cross the finish line. The spectator parking area will also host bib pick-up and the start of the Salinas Valley 5K.

Race-Day Bib Pickup:  6:00 AM, Soledad Mission 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA for the half marathon and at 6:30 AM near the spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery for the 5K

Gear Check Bags:  There will be a gear drop-off area at the Soledad Mission and a truck will transport gear check bags to the finish for you to pick up. You may use the goody bag available to you at bib pick-up, or additional bags will be available at the gear drop-off at the start. Write your bib number on the bag.

Half Marathon Race Start Time: 7:30 AM (new for 2018)
Start Location: Soledad Mission, 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA
Finish Location: Pessagno Winery, 1645 River Road, Salinas, CA
Finish Time: A finishing time limit of 4 hours will be enforced, and the course will be cleared at noon.

5K Race Start Time: 7:30 AM
Start Location: Spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery off Gonzales River Road
Finish Location: Pessagno Winery, 1645 River Road, Salinas, CA