Frequently Asked Questions

 

2020 City to the Sea, Scheduled for September 13, Is Canceled Due to Coronavirus-Related Health and Safety Concerns

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the 2020 City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5k & Kids’ Fun Run, set to take place on September 13th, has been canceled. We have made the decision to cancel what was supposed to be the 25th anniversary of the race due to coronavirus-related health and safety concerns for runners, spectators, volunteers, staff, and the many partners and communities that support the event. We look forward to hosting the 25th running of the event in September of 2021. 

All runners registered for this year’s race will be automatically placed in the 2021 event scheduled for September 12, 2021. If you are unable to run with us on September 12, 2021, please email us by July 27, 2020 (one week from today) to discuss your options. 

As we move forward with the cancellation of this year’s event, we are focused on staying connected as a community and supporting Cuesta College Athletics. We encourage all runners (2020 registrants and otherwise) to still run a 5k or half on what was supposed to be our 2020 event day, September 13! Be on the lookout for multiple suggested running routes in SLO County from us over the coming weeks.

Thank you, Running Warehouse! City to the Sea’s Title Sponsor, Running Warehouse, has taken it upon themselves to fully fund the 2021 Cuesta track and field team, ensuring that the despite the cancellation of the 2020 event, those athletes will still be able to train and compete in one of California junior college’s best programs. We cannot thank them enough for their unwavering support of the event and the beneficiary, Cuesta College Cross Country & Track and Field. 

Stay safe and we look forward to running with you in September of 2021! 

To register, please click here.

How do I register?
How can I verify my registration?
Are there refunds or transfers?
Is there a waitlist?
I registered for the half marathon. Is it possible to switch to the 5k?
How do I register a group?
Where do I pick up my race packet?
Can someone else pick up my race packet on my behalf?
If I cannot attend the race anymore, can I still get my packet?
Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?
Is there a time limit to complete the half marathon?
Can I walk the 5k or the half marathon?
What is the headphone policy?
Where are results posted?
Is there shuttle service from the finish to the start after the race?
How do I know who to drop my bag with at the start and pick up from at the finish?
Is there anything I can do to help?
Is there a lost and found?
Can I purchase City to the Sea merchandise anywhere?
Do you offer elite registration?

For all questions please see the City to the Sea contacts page.
Running Warehouse is not able to field inquiries at this time.

Need an emergency contact at City to the Sea? Please call 805.546.3100 x 2507 for immediate assistance.

How do I register?
Click here to register online through Eventbrite – it is quick and easy. Race registration is first come, first serve. We do anticipate selling out before registration closes, so get registered soon!

How can I verify my registration?
Log in to Eventbrite here, and check your current orders.

Are there refunds?
The entry fee paid is non-refundable.

Is there a waitlist?
No, there is no wait list. Register ASAP to reserve your spot.

I registered for the half marathon. Is it possible to switch to the 5k?
Yes, please email us at city2thesea@gmail.com.

How do I register a group?
Groups of 5 to 10 runners receive $5 off* for each group member. All members of the group must be purchased together to qualify for the discount.

*Group registration discount redeemable for the half marathon only.

Where do I pick up my race packet?
You must pick up your race number on Saturday, September 11 from 11:30-4:00 at Running Warehouse. Race day packet pickup is Sunday from 5:30-6:30 a.m. at Court Street downtown, by the race start.  5K packet pick up is available at Dinosaur Cave Park, in Pismo from 6-7 am.  Click for full packet pickup and Running Warehouse sale info. Race Packets will NOT be mailed to you!

Can someone else pick up my race packet on my behalf?
Yes, if they have a copy of your photo ID or your registration confirmation email.

If I cannot attend the race anymore, can I still get my packet?
You can still come to packet pickup and get your packet! However, if you cannot make it to packet pick up, there is no way to get your packet after race day.

Can I exchange my shirt for a different size?
We order these shirts in advance to fit our participants. If we let you exchange your shirt, someone else will not be able to get the size that they ordered. Keep in mind that sizing is gender specific.

Is there a time limit to complete the half marathon?
The course is open for three and a half hours, but there are some runners that need a bit more time. If you finish after three and a half hours you’ll still get a medal, but you may need to move to the sidewalk (the course is controlled by the CHP and police only for the three and a half hours).

Can I walk the 5K or the half marathon?
Yes, within the 3.5 hour and 1 hour time limits for respective events!

What is the headphone policy?
The use of headphones is discouraged. It is a safety hazard since use may compromise a participant’s ability to hear critical safety and/or directional instructions, especially instructions that may arise in an emergency situation.

Where are results posted?
Right here! We’ll get them online as soon as possible.

Is there shuttle service from the finish to the start after the race?
Yes, shuttle buses will be provided for participants and family, free of charge, around the clock from 9:00am-12:00 pm. The shuttle will run from Cliff Drive & Shell Beach Road (near Dinosaur Caves Park) to Court Street in Downtown SLO. There is no shuttle before the race.

How do I know who to drop my bag with at the start and pick up from at the finish?
We will transport your drop bag. Just tear the tab located on your race bib and hand to an attendant under the “Drop Bag” flag near the start. Pick it up at the finish under the same flag. Remember, you will need to supply your own bag.

Is there anything I can do to help?
Volunteers should contact our Aid Station Coordinator and Volunteer Director Erin Tracht.

Is there a lost and found?
If you lost something at the race, please click here to contact us.

Can I purchase City to the Sea merchandise anywhere?
We do not have a store available at the moment.

Do You Offer Elite Registration?
Yes we offer elite registration for the half marathon.  We will comp your race fee if you meet our elite athlete standard. Standards must have been met within the last 18 months. (Please note – there are a limited number of elite registrations available – if you are interested, please contact us sooner rather than later.)

Male: 1:15

Female: 1:25

Help us have a successful race!

Race runners need to remember the following important tips……

  • Do not run through the finish chute more than once. This causes inaccurate times and delays results.
  • Pin your bib number on the FRONT of your shirt so we can see it and tie the computer chip on your shoe.
  • Do NOT go back and run in with a friend if you’ve already gone through the chute. This causes inaccurate times and delays results.
  • After finishing, head to the awards area, get your breakfast and relax with your family and friends!