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San Luis Obispo Marathon

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April 29, 2017 (Saturday)
Marathon
San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, California
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Whether you are competing or this is your first endurance or 5K event, our races are all about you! We want you to have fun, achieve your goal, finish strong, PR, and enjoy the journey. We'll offer you advice and support all along the way. In the end, you can be proud and we will too, of you, hanging that medal around your neck and cheering your every step.

The fully paved, closed course is a point-to-point race starting at SLO High School and finishing at the Madonna Inn, with a lolly pop at the back. The race starts at 250 feet above sea level, with a fast loop around the tree-lined downtown area, passing the Art Deco Fremont Theater, Courthouse, the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, turn-of-the-century red brick, classic architecture downtown architecture and Craftsman and Victorian homes.

Athletes then head out into the hills, vineyards and farmland of the Edna Valley, with three rolling climbs ranging from 75 to 175 feet each, peaking at 375 feet above sea level. The race wraps up downhill and flattens at the spectator-friendly 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.

Event Start Location
Madonna Inn, 100 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405

Course Description
The fully paved, closed course is a point-to-point race starting at SLO High School and finishing at the Madonna Inn, with a lolly pop at the back. The race starts at 250 feet above sea level, with a fast loop around the tree-lined downtown area, passing the Art Deco Fremont Theater, Courthouse, the historic Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, turn-of-the-century red brick, classic architecture downtown architecture and Craftsman and Victorian homes.

Athletes then head out into the hills, vineyards and farmland of the Edna Valley, with three rolling climbs ranging from 75 to 175 feet each, peaking at 375 feet above sea level. The race wraps up downhill and flattens at the spectator-friendly 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.

Awards
RaceSLO events, including the San Luis Obispo Marathon + Half, produce world-class events on the Central Coast for athletes of all ages and abilities. Elite level athletes who meet the below minimum standards are eligible for $3150 total prize money sponsored by LeftLane Sports and the SLO Marathon + Half.

Additional award categories include Military and First Responders, Challenged Athletes in partnership with the Challenged Athlete Foundation (CAF) and Operation Rebound, as well as Age Group. Double dipping across award categories is allowed. For more information, please contact the Race Director at RD@RaceSLO.com.

Packet Pickup / Expo
The SLO Life Expo takes place in the Madonna Meadows at the Madonna Inn.

Post Race Activities
TIME EVENT LOCATION
9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. FAMILY FITNESS DAY - FREE Activities - Pitch, Hop, Toss, Kick, Tumble! SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. 5K, Children's Quarter Mile and 1-Mile Children's Fun Run Packet Pick-up only SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. 5K and Children's Races Late Registration only (unless sold out) SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
7:00 a.m. Expo Vendors Open SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
8:00 a.m. Children's 1-Mile Run Start SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
8:15 a.m. 5K Start SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
9:30 a.m. Children's Quarter Mile Dash Start SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn
10:00 a.m. 5K Awards Ceremony SLO Life Expo - Concert Stage
10:15 a.m. Interview/Meet Ben and Stephanie Bruce SLO Life Expo - Concert Stage
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Marathon + Half Marathon Packet Pick-up SLO Life Expo - Madonna Inn

TIME EVENT LOCATION
5:45 a.m. Entertainment Stations Open on Course Select Locations - see Entertainment Page
6:00 a.m. Marathon Start San Luis Drive @ California St.
6:45 a.m. Half Marathon Start San Luis Drive @ California St.
7:00 a.m. Expo and Vendors Open SLO Life Expo
10:00 a.m. Overall and Age Group Awards Ceremony and Prizes SLO Life Expo - Concert Stage
2:00 p.m. Farewells and Expo Closes SLO Life Expo - Concert Stage
 
 

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Clubs and Groups
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 San Luis Distance Club  San Luis Obispo CA club info
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 Store City  State   Distance   More Info 
 GH Sports  San Luis Obispo CA 2.6 Miles store info
 K-Man Cycle and Run  Atascadero CA 14.1 Miles store info
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