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California > City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run
San Luis Obispo, CA  •  Sunday, October 12, 2014  •  Course Map

More than 2,300 runners and walkers came out to run the long, scenic point-to-point course that takes the field from San Luis Obispo to the coastal town of Pismo Beach at the fall 2013 running of the City to the Sea Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, which has become a local road race tradition over the past decade in this Southern California town.

Thanks to what is only a slight change in elevation over the course of the race, the event is considered particularly hospitable to runners of all abilities, from beginners to experienced half-marathoners. Proceeds from the race go to support the track and field teams for Cuesta College, which is based in San Luis Obispo.

From the starting line at the corner of Higuera and Osos Streets in downtown San Luis Obispo, the race starts runners off on a course that follows a southwesterly direction, taking the field along Higuera Street and South Higuera Street for the race's first few miles. This stretch of the race includes a number of areas that are particularly scenic rural roads through the California countryside, and feature a variety of terrains, from asphalt roads to dirt trails through unspoiled creekside areas.

After a brief turnaround area off San Luis Bay Drive onto Monte Road, the course continues southward and eastward along Shell Beach Road, as the last couple of miles of the race unfold along a slightly downhill stretch that showcases stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. Runners then continue along Shell Beach Road toward the finish line at Avila Beach, at the Park at Dinosaur Caves on Cliff Avenue.

The race is open to runners, walkers and wheelchair competitors, but those thinking of walking the race need to keep in mind that race organizers limit the course time to 3 hours, so they'll need to finish the race within that time limit to have their times officially counted in the race results. Organizers note that shuttle buses will be provided after the race to transport runners back to the starting area from the finish line.

Race Weather & Climate

Located along the California coast, about halfway between Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, the city of San Luis Obispo enjoys mostly mild conditions throughout the year, with its wettest weather occurring in the winter and spring.

October Avg. Day of Race Monthly Precip.
Low: 52°F Low: 52°F Rain: 0.93 in.
High: 74°F High: 74°F Snow: 0 in.

Course Map

See the race route map for the City to the Sea Half Marathon

Starting Time

7:00 AM


$70 for the half marathon, if registered by January 5, 2014
$80 between Jan. 5 - August 3
$90 between Aug. 3 - September 12
$110 between Sept. 12 - October 5


To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of San Luis Obispo's City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Fun Run, register online at the event website.

Official Race Website


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