City to the Sea Half Marathon & 5k

Sunday, November 12, 2023 San Luis Obispo, CA

City to the Sea Half Marathon & 5k - San Luis Obispo CA

Prepare for an unforgettable journey as you lace up your running shoes and take on the City to the Sea half marathon. This incredible point-to-point race commences in the heart of downtown San Luis Obispo and carries you through a diverse landscape, ending at the Pacific Ocean in the coastal community of Pismo Beach.

As the morning sun breaks on November 12, 2023, at 7:00 AM, participants will gather at the starting line located at Higuera and Court Street in San Luis Obispo, California. The race begins here, setting the stage for a memorable experience that showcases the breathtaking beauty of this region.

The City to the Sea half marathon offers a unique blend of urban and natural landscapes. The course winds its way through the charming streets of San Luis Obispo, providing runners with a taste of city life. As you leave the urban landscape behind, the course opens up to the picturesque backroads, taking you on a journey that includes the scenic Bob Jones Trail.

The true magic of this race lies in its grand finale—the breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean in Pismo Beach. With each stride, you’ll draw closer to the stunning coastal community, where the finish line awaits. The Pacific Ocean stretches out before you, providing a mesmerizing backdrop as you complete your journey.

For those who achieve a top 100 finish, an exclusive 2023 City to the Sea mug becomes a cherished memento of their accomplishment. Every half marathon participant receives a 2023 finisher’s medal, commemorating their incredible feat, along with an event t-shirt to remember the experience.

Post-race celebrations are a vital part of the City to the Sea experience. After crossing the finish line, runners can refuel with fresh fruit and enjoy a steaming cup of hot coffee. For those aged 21 and over, a refreshing beer adds to the celebration. As you revel in your achievement, you can relax on the bluffs by the ocean, where the soothing sounds of music create a serene atmosphere. Explore the expo booths, savor a well-earned breakfast, and engage in fitness activities with your children. It’s a time for runners to bask in the glory of their success and share the joy with family and friends.

Transportation arrangements are made easy with buses and shuttles available to transport participants back to the start-line area in San Luis Obispo or to Pismo Beach City Hall. Alternatively, you have the option to arrange your private transportation, allowing for flexibility.

For those seeking a more manageable but equally beautiful challenge, the Seaside 5k course covers a distance of 3.1 miles. It is an out-and-back course that begins and ends in Pismo Beach at Dinosaur Caves Park, conveniently located near the finish expo for the half marathon. The route meanders through the charming neighborhoods of Shell Beach, offering incredible views of the majestic Pacific Ocean. While the course generally boasts a gentle terrain, it does present one notable climb, adding an extra layer of excitement to the experience.

The City to the Sea half marathon and Seaside 5k are more than races; they are celebrations of personal accomplishments, a discovery of the region’s natural beauty, and opportunities to create lasting memories. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or new to the sport, this event offers an unforgettable experience for all participants. Join us for a remarkable journey from city to sea, where the finish line is just the beginning of cherished memories.

Race Weather & Climate

San Luis Obispo, California, is a vibrant city located in San Luis Obispo County, approximately 190 miles north of Los Angeles and 230 miles south of San Francisco. Known for its coastal beauty and as home to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo offers residents and visitors a charming blend of college town vibrancy and access to the natural beauty of the Central Coast. Its prime location in San Luis Obispo County makes it a highly desirable destination for those seeking a unique blend of higher education, outdoor recreation, and a relaxed coastal lifestyle.

The average high and low temperature in San Luis Obispo, CA on November 12th is around 70°F for the high and 49°F for the low. This period represents late autumn with comfortably mild weather. Rainfall during this time is typically minimal, contributing to a dry and pleasant late autumn atmosphere in the city, with average precipitation of approximately 0.9 inches.

City to the Sea Half Marathon Race Results

City to the Sea Half Marathon Race Results

City to the Sea Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the City to the Sea Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 7:00 AM.

The time limit for the half marathon is 3.5 hours.


To reserve your spot in the 2023 City to the Sea Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

Online registration is now closed for this event.

City to the Sea Half Marathon Race Website

City to the Sea Half Marathon Website

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