A brief history of City to the Sea

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You already know that City to the Sea is an awesome way to motivate yourself, achieve your running goals, get some exercise and have fun with friends and family, but what you may not know is that you’re also taking part in an important piece of local history. Since its inception in 1996, all proceeds from City to the Sea have gone to support the Cuesta College Track & Field and Cross Country teams.

The race was founded by San Luis Obispo locals Joe Rubio and Dale Anderson, with the help of many prominent Central Coast community members, to help raise funds for a new track at Cuesta College. After meeting with Cuesta’s president, Rubio and Anderson discovered that Cuesta owned 75 unused acres just across Highway 1 from the college’s campus. Cuesta told them that if they could raise the money, they could use that land to put in a cross country race course. As past Cuesta runners/coaches themselves, the duo jumped at the opportunity.

City to the Sea Mini-Marathon retro logo

After two years of planning, the very first “City to the Sea Mini Marathon” ran from downtown San Luis Obispo to the golf course at Avila Beach. Funds from the race, along with countless volunteer hours, were used to clear the Cuesta property, restore the existing barn and build a top-level cross country race course. For the first few years, the course was maintained as a community effort. Cuesta College took over responsibility full-time in 2002.

Now, Cuesta runners are one of the few collegiate athletes in California with access to their own cross country course. The course is also open to the community. Each year, money from City to the Sea is used to maintain and improve Cuesta’s track, field and cross country course, and to help offset the costs of training and competing as a team.

Your continued support of this race allows Cuesta College to continue to foster the growth of inspirational and upstanding student-athletes. These young people are working hard each day to make their community a better place while training to become tomorrow’s leaders. On behalf of the team and the community, thank you for being a part of City to the Sea!

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