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SLO Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k

Sat 27th Apr 2019 • by Race SLO
San Luis Obispo, California, US

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Tickets $15–$300


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Saturday, April 27 is Family Day with a 5 and 2 Kids Races and the opening of our two-day Race SLO Festival featuring loads of FREE activities and live music. Strollers, walkers, runners and families are welcome! Vendors, healthy food and free yoga will get you inspired to live your best life.

Sunday, April 28, the Central Coast's largest Running Festival culminates in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 2 Relay Races traversing the rolling green hills and iconic town of San Luis Obispo. Whether you're running, walking, volunteering or cheering this is a weekend not to be missed! Come out and experience why San Luis Obispo has been voted a Top 10 National Destination and one of the 'Happiest Places in America.'

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
    Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
    Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  3. Marathon Relay

    Run 42.2km
    Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  4. Half Marathon Relay

    Run 21.1km
    Sun 28th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  5. 5k

    Run 5km
    Sat 27th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  6. Kid's 1 Mile

    Run 1.6km
    Sat 27th Apr 2019
    Tickets available
  7. Kids Quarter Mile Dash

    Run 0.25mi
    Sat 27th Apr 2019
    Tickets available


Two airlines serve the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport – American Airlines and United with non-stop flights to and from San Francisco, Monterey, Los Angeles & Phoenix. Car rentals are available from Hertz, Avis, Budget and Enterprise.



One of the most pleasant, relaxing and beautiful ways to travel to San Luis Obispo is by train. Amtrakʼs Pacific Surfliner gives you a seaside seat with stops in San Diego, Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and finally San Luis Obispo. There are panoramic windows, a Cafe car and so much more. If you want to avoid the freeway, this is the way to go. Learn More.

En route daily between Los Angeles and Seattle, the Coast Starlight train passes through Santa Barbara, the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento and Portland. Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of Pacific Ocean shoreline provide a stunning backdrop for your journey.



San Luis Obispo can be reached directly off Highway 101 for those traveling the coast route from San Francisco and Los Angeles. Those traveling from the Central Valley have two major routes – Highway 166 from Bakersfield and Highway 46 from Fresno – that cut across the central mountains, bringing travelers to Highway 101, just 25 miles south and north of San Luis Obispo.



For those of you coming to visit the RaceSLO Festival either on Friday, Saturday or Sunday, we encourage you to carpool or take public transportation. The City of San Luis Obispo Public Transit (SLO Transit) is providing every race participant with a FREE 3-Day bus pass, redeemable at the SLO Transit booth. This bus pass allows participants to ride the bus throughout San Luis Obispo during the race weekend, Friday, April 28, through Sunday, April 30. Please click on the Bus Schedules headline to see a complete schedule of buses (re-routes on Sunday) to the Madonna Inn/Madonna Meadows property. You can also visit their Facebook Page for the latest updates. Download the Bus Tracker App (Apple or Android) for real time transit information.


There will be dedicated Spectator Locations on the early part of the course, as well as along the last few hundred yards of the finish line along the fence at The Madonna Inn/RaceSLO Festival. Relay Exchange points are a great place to view the race and cheer on the runners. Relay Exchange points are located near mile 5 at Johnson Avenue/Buchon Street (near San Luis Obispo High School), near mile 7.5 at Islay Park and near mile 10.5 at Edna Valley Winery. Our top concerns of athlete safety and traffic control, spectators wishing to access these locations should drive slowly and carefully, follow all traffic control signage and personnel and park appropriately (ie. don’t park on private property and/or park completely off the roadway). Rest assured, the runners and walkers will also get plenty of support and cheer from the aid station volunteers and course entertainment on their journey.

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