Course Safety for Race Day: Follow these Tips for a Safe, Successful Race!

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The 17th Annual City to the Sea Half-Marathon and 5k races will be here before you know it! Our goal is to make sure everyone has a great time, runs fast, and most of all, stays safe on the course. Please read our suggested safety tips below. In our 17 years of organizing this race, we’ve learned a few lessons along the way, so please follow our guidelines to help you have the best race day possible.

Always stay within the cones: The course will be prominently marked with bright orange safety cones. Please stay to the right of the cones, unless prompted by a course official, at all times while running .

Listen to course marshals and volunteers: The course marshals and volunteers are trained to help keep you safe and secure.  Listen carefully to the course marshals and volunteers, who will be directing you where to go. Also, they’ll help keep you safe on the course and will advise you of any traffic notifications that you will need to be aware of.

Stay to the right of the road and move across when prompted: The half-marathon is a point to point course, going from San Luis Obispo to Pismo Beach. The road closure allows our runners to run in the right hand lane, so please stay on the right-hand side of the road, and if you’re asked to move by a volunteer or course marshal, move where and only when they direct you.

Always heed to CHP and SLO PD: The California Highway Patrol and San Luis Obispo Police Department will be located at major intersections and other strategic points throughout the City to the Sea course.  They are there to help keep the course safe at all times. ALWAYS listen to their instructions—as they will be managing traffic for your benefit and directing runners for your safety.

Hydrate often with water and FLUID: The race starts early enough to beat the midday heat, but it’s still critical to hydrate often. The sneaky thing about dehydration, particularly if there’s a breeze or the weather is cool, is that your sweat evaporates quickly, so you may not realize how much you’re sweating. Take water or FLUID electrolyte drink from every aid station you pass, just to be on the safe side.

Above all, have fun!

Remember that the race is meant to be a family-friendly, fun event that allows you to run through some of San Luis Obispo’s scenic backroads to beautiful Pismo Beach. Enjoy the day, and make sure you follow our above suggestions for a safe race!

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