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Half Marathon

The City to the Sea half marathon course is a point-to-point race that starts in downtown San Luis Obispo. The course winds through the city, takes runners along scenic backroads, and ends alongside the Pacific Ocean in the coastal community of Pismo Beach.
Click here for a map of the course

Half Marathon Start Time

The race starts at 7:00 a.m. The start line is at the intersection of Higuera and Court Street in downtown San Luis Obispo.

Don’t Worry. We’ll take You Back to San Luis Obispo.

Following the race, post-race breakfast, and entertainment from our live band, buses from Silverado Stages will take you back to the start area in San Luis Obispo. You may also arrange for your own private transportation if you prefer.

USATF Certified Course

The half marathon is a USATF (USA Track & Field) certified course open to runners and walkers.
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Mild Temperatures

The average temperatures along most of the course in October are in the 60s – 70s. Pismo Beach is generally a few degrees cooler.

Aid Station

Aid Stations along Course

The half-marathon course has five aid stations, all of which will have water and restrooms. Three of these will have FLUID sports drink, while two will have GU energy gels.

Packet Pickup, T-Shirt and Post-Race Breakfast

A race wouldn’t be complete without a goodie bag! Packet pickup will be held Saturday afternoon before the race at Running Warehouse from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Packet pickup on race day for the half marathon will be held in the parking lot of Union Bank immediately adjacent to the start line, and is open from 5:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m. Click here for full details!

All runners will receive an official short-sleeve tech T-shirt from GreenLayer and a delicious post-race breakfast. All half marathon runners will receive a finisher’s medal while the first 100 half marathon finishers will receive City to the Sea coffee mugs. Additional breakfasts (for all of your fans!) can be purchased for $10.00. The breakfast starts at 8:00 a.m.

Course Safety

The half-marathon course will be open for three hours. All walkers and runners must finish within the three-hour cutoff time. Walkers who start the race before the 7:00 start time will not be permitted through the finishing chute. No baby joggers, strollers, skates, or pets are allowed on the course. Wheelchair athletes are welcome.

Registration and Prices

This race sells out! Make sure you register early!

Registration Period Dates Half Marathon 5k
Early Bird Until 01/05/14 $70 $30
Open Registration 01/05/14 – 08/17/14 $80 $35
Late Registration* 08/17/14 – 09/12/14 $90 $40
Last Chance* 09/12/14 – 10/5/14 $110 $50

*If space is available. Entries are first-come, first-served and the race may sell out before these dates.