Whether you're training to win, PR, just have fun with friends or its your first time, it's time to put on those hot looking shoes and RACE SLO! Ready for a challenge and the reward of belonging to the endurance community? Our marathon and half marathon courses are USATF certified and the marathon is a Boston Qualifier. The 5K and Children's Fun Run at the Madonna Inn is a great way to get started!

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The Course

One of the most beautiful courses in the nation will take you on a journey through classic California - a turn-of-the-century (19th century that is) downtown, historic neighborhoods with Victorian and Bungalow houses, past a Frank Lloyd Wright building and Chinese Garden, out into the Edna Valley with Morros, vineyards and farmland and a downhill finish at the iconic Madonna Inn.

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Great Weather

Spring on the Central Coast of California - there is no better place for a race than San Luis Obispo. Ready to get out of the cold? Our race day temperature starts in the low 50's and averages in the mid-to-high 60's, sometimes low 70's! Just perfect running weather.

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Every step you take could be the step in finding a cure for cancer. Just think, no more cancer. Join Team in Training, go the distance and do so much good all at the same time. In two years at the SLO Marathon, the Team has raised $1 million dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! Join Today. GO TEAM!

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The SLO Life Expo

The SLO Life Expo is the celebration we put on just for you! We want to show you what makes San Luis Obispo so special. We have local fresh foods, microbrews, wines, arts and crafts, outdoor living and live music. Itʼs a party, oh yeah!

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Wine Country

Where do we start? There is so much to see and do in San Luis Obispo. During the race, you'll see the best of our community. Afterward, or before for that matter, explore! Check out the course and stop at the Edna Valley wineries. Try our gourmet restaurants serving up farm fresh foods. Go on an "art stroll" through downtown. Maybe take a hike, go surfing, golfing, kayaking or shopping. Or just chill at the historic Fremont Theater. So much to do and so much fun!

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Dean Karnazes

“The San Luis Obispo Marathon/Half-Marathon has a wonderful feel about it. The scenery is spectacular, the weather is stellar, and the cheering fans along the course are tremendous. My advice, savor every step of the way and run SLO!” --Dean Karnazes

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"In 27 years of racing over 400+ events around the world, your race made me feel like the way it was 'back in the day,' grassroots, local and the most friendly and encouraging team members. The Madonna Inn, spending time in wine country, seeing the sun and your great course running through farm country vs. big cities will have us coming back for sure in 2014!" -- Wayne Kurtz, racetwitch.com

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    SLO Ultra Adds Mountain Bike Trail Races to Second Edition

    The SLO Ultra wooden medal and double belt buckle are Wild Cherry Canyon inspired and await the finishers.The Central Coast’s premier off-road athletic endurance event presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com includes four trail runs and two mountain bike races plus free music festival on September 9–10; ultra running star Krissy Moehl & mountain bike pro racer Rebecca Rusch event ambassadors; The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo event beneficiary; register today before it sells out!SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (August 24, 2017) — Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading …


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    Course Map

    The course features breathtaking vistas, a few hills and the beautiful vineyards of the Edna Valley. It's a challenge with incredible reward... VIEW THE COURSE MAP



    The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k Run-Walk will announce a training partner in the coming months. Stay tuned...

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    We have great hotels for your race weekend. Stay close to the start or finish line, in our quoin downtown or away from it all. We have the accommodations..

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