California > City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K & Fun Run
San Luis Obispo, CA • Sunday, October 13, 2013 • Course Map
More than 1,800 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 2012 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.
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.
In October, average area monthly
temperatures range between 50°F and 79°F -- on the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average low is 50°F and the average high is 79°F -- while
rainfall totals average just under an inch for the month.
View the race route map for the City to the Sea Half Marathon
$70 for the half marathon, if registered by April 7, 2013
$75 between April 8 - September 1
$85 between Sept. 2 - 22
$100 on Oct. 12 - 13
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of San Luis Obispo's City to the Sea Half Marathon, 5K or Kids' Fun Run, visit the event website.
Official Race Website
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