The 5K course (3.1 miles) is out-and-back and begins and ends in Pismo Beach at Dinosaur Caves Park, near the finish expo for the half marathon. The scenic course winds through the beautiful neighborhoods of Shell Beach with incredible views of the Pacific Ocean. There is one challenging climb on the otherwise gentle course.
5K Start Time
The 5K race starts at 7:00 a.m.
Parking and Transportation
5k runners and spectators are encouraged to park at Pismo City Hall (760 Mattie Road Pismo Beach, CA 93449). The (3) SLO Safe Ride buses run a loop from Pismo City Hall to Dinosaur Caves Park (race start) from 5:30am – 6:45am. The return loop runs from 7:30am – 11:30am. Masks will be required on the bus. (The bus will be fully stocked with masks.)
The average temperatures in Pismo Beach and Shell Beach in November are in the 50s – 70s.
Aid Stations Along Course
There is one water-only aid station on the course that marks the end of both mile one and mile two. Aid station volunteers will be required to wear a mask + gloves while serving runners.
Packet Pickup, T-Shirt and Post-Race Breakfast
Packet pickup will be held Saturday afternoon (11/20/2021) before the race at Running Warehouse from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Packet pickup on race day for the 5K will be held near the start line in at Dinosaur Caves Park, and is open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. Click here for full details!
5K Runners will receive an official 2021 City to the Sea finishers medal + t-shirt + one beer (for runners over 21).
No pets are allowed, but joggers/strollers will be permitted. We ask that joggers and strollers give right of way to runners by starting at the back of the race. All 5K participants must finish within 1 hour of the race start.
Registration and Prices
|Registration Period||Dates||Half Marathon||5k|
|Early Bird||10/20/20 – 02/28/21||$75||$30|
|Open Registration||03/01/21 – 10/01/21||$85||$35|
|Late Registration*||10/02/21 – 11/14/21||$95||$40|
|Last Chance Race Day Registration*||11/15/21 – Race Day||$100||$45|
*If space is available. Entries are first-come, first-served and the race may sell out before these dates.