For those of you returning for a second, third or tenth time to City to the Sea, you know it’s more than a race. City to the Sea is an event filled with fun people, crazy outfits, beautiful views and good music. Whether this year will be your first time or you’ve been running it since the beginning, here are 5 unique ways to make the most of your time at City to the Sea.
1. Meet Crazy Pacers
Run with Waldo, a cow or Tinkerbell! Choose your desired finish time, find the costumed leader of that group and stick with them for 13.1 miles. Our pace group leaders are always helpful, friendly and dressed to the hilt in some kind of crazy outfit. If you want to join in the fun, build your own costume and stand out in the crowd!
2. Listen to Live Music
The live band at the end of the race is always rocking. Mix music with good food and an elevated view of the Pacific Ocean on the bluffs of Shell Beach and you’ve got an ideal atmosphere for recovering from your run with friends and family.
3. Make New Friends
Making new friends is one of the best parts about running, especially when running races like City to the Sea. While runners can be seriously competitive, we’re all smiles before and after (and usually during) the race. Make the most of your day at City to the Sea by introducing yourself to a few new people. A simple ‘hello’ could be the start of a lifelong friendship.
4. Have Fun With Volunteers
The volunteers at City to the Sea really do make the race special. These students, staff and faculty from Cuesta College arrive early and stay late, making sure everything is ready for runners at the start line, along the course, and at the celebration area. They get creative with signs and chants, bringing a smile, encouragement and comic relief to runners in the midst of their challenge. Be sure to say hi along the way and thank them for their work!
5. Explore the Central Coast
If you’ve been here you know – there’s nothing like California’s Central Coast. Spend the whole weekend in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding areas exploring the Pacific beaches, Paso Robles wine country, Hearst Castle, the pines of Cambria, and everything else the region has to offer.
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