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Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 K, .25 Miles, 1 Mile
San Luis Obispo High School
San Luis Obispo, California
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The Fourth San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K weekend takes place April 24-26, 2015. A beautiful and a bit challenging course, the SLO Marathon and Half Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 26 and runs through our small, classic California town, past the historic Mission San Luis Obispo, through historic neighborhoods, past a Frank Lloyd Wright building and Chinese Garden and out into the Edna Valley with it's miles of vineyards, farmland and wineries. The course ends at the iconic Madonna Inn where the party begins!

At the finish, runners can enjoy the Jamba Juice recovery tent, get some ice and therapy and fill up on carbs with our local wine and 805 microbrew, as well as fresh prepared foods from popular local restaurants. Stay and enjoy the sunshine, the 805 lounge and shop for that souvenir gear.

The 5K and Children's Fun Runs takes place on Saturday, April 25 as part of our new Family Fitness Day. Free activities include a pitch toss, basketball toss, sack race, gymnastic tumbling and soccer kick at the Madonna Inn.

Event Start Location
The San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half Marathon starts at San Luis Obispo High School and finishes at the iconic Madonna Inn.

Course Description
The San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half Marathon is a point-to-point course with a 750 ft. elevation gain. There are a few challenging hills, but it is what makes the Morro Vistas so beautiful and the accomplishment that much sweeter.

Awards
There are Age Group Awards in 5-year increments for both the marathon and half marathon.

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pick-up for the San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half Marathon takes place at the Madonna Inn (100 Madonna Rd.) in San Luis Obispo on Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25. There is no race day packet pick-up.

Timing / Results
The San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half uses the Chronotrack timing system with the timing chip on the bib.

Post Race Activities
Stay for the SLO Life Expo with 40+ vendors, a beer and wine garden and great food.

Weather
It's perfect California spring running weather with morning temperatures in the mid-40's to low-50's and warming up to the mid-to-high 60's, sometimes low 70's.
 
 

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 GH Sports  San Luis Obispo CA 0 Miles store info
 K-Man Cycle and Run  Atascadero CA 15.4 Miles store info
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