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.
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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 and festival, buses from SLO Safe Ride will take you back to the start area in San Luis Obispo from 8:00am to 11:30am. Masks will be required on the buses. (The buses will be fully stocked with masks.) 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 November are in the 60s. Pismo Beach is generally a few degrees cooler.

Aid Station

Aid Stations along Course

The half-marathon course has five aid stations (miles: 2, 4, 7, 10 & 12), all of which will have water and restrooms. Three of these will have FLUID sports drink. All aid station volunteers will be required to wear a mask + gloves while serving runners.

Packet Pickup and T-Shirt

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 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 2021 City to the Sea t-shirt. All half marathon runners will receive a finisher’s medal while the first 100 men and women’s half marathon finishers will also receive City to the Sea coffee mugs.

Course Safety

The half-marathon course will be open for three and a half hours. All walkers and runners must finish within the three and a half hours cutoff time. Walkers are welcome to begin the race before 7:00 AM start time. No baby joggers, strollers, skates, or pets are allowed on the course. Wheelchair athletes are welcome.

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* 10/01/21 – 11/14/21 $95 $40
Last Chance 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.