City of San Luis Obispo Hoteliers Return as Title Sponsor

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA -- the City of San Luis Obispo and it’s hoteliers have resigned as Title Sponsor of the 2013 San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half. With the tremendous success of the sold out race in 2012 and full hotels county-wide, the City of San Luis Obispo has identified the SLO Marathon as one of its signature yearly events.

Marathon organizers expect triple the number of participants in each race in 2013. The marathon will cap at 2,000 and the half marathon will cap at 6,000 and take place Sunday, April 7. The event's 5K race will take place on Saturday, April 6, 2013. The 5K, which sold out in 2012, will cap at 1,000 for 2013.

"We’re extremely happy to have the City of San Luis Obispo hoteliers return as our Title Sponsor," says Heather Hellman, SLO Marathon Event Director. "A number of the hotels are near the start and finish lines, making it convenient and easy for our participants during the race weekend. There are small hotels, large hotels, B&B’s and motor hotels, but whatever hotel our participants choose, they will feel the full hospitality of the City.”

“The San Luis Obispo Hoteliers are excited to welcome back and sponsor the SLO Marathon,” says Clint Pearce, Tourist Business Improvement District Chair and Madonna Enterprises, LLC President. “Our mission as an organization is to put ‘heads in beds’ and few events do this better than the SLO Marathon. In sponsoring this great event, we get extraordinary direct benefit for our members and wonderful marketing as it showcases our beautiful area and awesome community.”

About the San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K

Keeping the same highly regarded course for 2013, the San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half takes participants through the town’s charming downtown corridor past the old Fremont Theatre, by Mission San Luis Obispo and through neighborhoods with historic Victorian and Craftsman bungalows, out into the rolling hills of the renowned Edna Valley vineyards and farm land, then back into the city center, past Railroad Square and onto the iconic Madonna Inn property for a spectacular downhill, panoramic finish in the shadow of Cerro San Luis.

The 5K race is held on the Madonna Inn property, featuring two loops and a spectacular downhill finish.

Registration is open. Early Bird registration closes October 20. To register, view course maps, volunteer or for additional SLO Marathon information, please visit www.slomarathon.com.

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