The fully paved, closed course Half Marathon is a point-to-point race starting at San Luis Obispo High School and finishing at the Madonna Inn with an out and back turn-around. The Half follows the Marathon route 45 minutes later. Runners take a quick loop around the historic downtown, past the Fremont Theatre, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building, the Chinese Garden and out into the beautiful Edna Valley vineyards and farmland (yes there are a few hills).
On the way back into town, athletes experience the Railroad District and bridge, Islay's Streets charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line at the Madonna Inn where the SLO Life Expo will be in full swing! Expect ideal running weather with coastal fog and an average starting temperature of 54 degrees. High temperatures usually hover between 66-69 degrees.
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With registration, Half Marathon participants receive:
NOTE - You must be an Official Finisher to be guaranteed a medal or race result
In order to qualify as an Official Finisher, you must finish within the 7-hour course limit. Runners/Walkers must maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace as the course will be closed on a mile-by-mile rolling basis. If you are unable to run/walk within the allotted time, you will either be picked up and driven to the finish area or asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City and County of San Luis Obispo. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed. Sag Wagons will be provided should you be unable to complete the race. Minimum age to compete in the Half Marathon is 15 years of age.
There is no parking at the Start Line, so shuttle is the best way to get there. There are a limited number of seats. For more information CLICK HERE
The course will be equipped and staffed for your safety and well-being. There will be:
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