The second installment of Mile-by-Mile comes from Kristy McCray, a one-time City to the Sea runner and one-time volunteer. Section two of the course runs from Tank Farm Road near Trader Joe’s along South Higuera Street and out of town to the Johnson Ranch open space.
Here’s what Kristy has to say about the section:
Miles 2-4.5 begin the transition out of the city. Running south along South Higuera Street, the rolling hills of SLO County rise up in front of you as you pass shops and restaurants. Then you’ll begin to pass open space with farmland, old barns and even cows, among other animals.
Just after crossing under the highway to Ontario Road, you’ll notice the Johnson Ranch Open Space on your right, and your second water station including FLUID. This section is relatively flat and fast but should be run cautiously as rolling hills begin directly after. All in all it’s a great way to finish off the first third of the course.
Mile-by-Mile is a blog series designed to help runners prepare for the race by offering descriptions and tips for each section of the course. These anecdotes come from actual City to the Sea runners with varied backgrounds and finishing times.