Race Info

April 27th, 8:45am — 5k Run info

April 27th, 8:30am — Kid’s Races! info

April 28th, 7:00am — Half Marathon & Relay info

Race Information

Thank you for making the SLO Half Marathon + Relay your Spring destination! We have four incredible races to choose from – Half Marathon, Relay, 5K and Kids Races – along with a finish line party highlighting the best of the Central Coast to celebrate each and every one of you.


13.1 miles

Half Relay

13.1 miles


3.1 miles

The Countdown Begins!








Sunday, April 28, 2019

Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay


Thank you for making the SLO Half Marathon + Half Marathon Relay your Spring destination! We have four incredible races to choose from—Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay 5K and Kids Races—along with a finish line party highlighting the best of the Central Coast to celebrate each and every one of you.

We’re also proud to provide great on-course support and safety for everyone’s enjoyment and well being. You will enjoy—Aid Stations every 2-3 miles that include water, sports drink and race fuel (sports gels); on-call medical care; clean sanitary stations at start, on-course and at finish Line; Police, Professional Traffic Control and Course Marshals; 800 enthusiastic volunteers cheering your every step!


In order to qualify as an Official Finisher (individual or relay team), you must finish within the 4-hour course limit (11:00am). Runners/Walkers must maintain a 18:00 minute per mile pace as the course will be closed on a mile-by-mile rolling basis. If you are unable to run/walk within the allotted time, you will either be picked up and driven to the finish area or asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City and County of San Luis Obispo. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed. Sag Wagons will be provided should you be unable to complete the race. Minimum age to compete in the Half Marathon is 15 years of age.


Our beautiful course for 2019 is a scenic tour of San Luis Obispo starting and finishing near the Madonna Inn. Runners will enjoy by heading straight toward historic downtown San Luis Obispo. You’ll enjoy the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building and quaint downtown streets. Runners will also experience the Railroad District, Islay’s Streets charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line at the Madonna Inn where the RaceSLO Festival will be in full swing to celebrate your finish! Expect ideal running weather with coastal fog and an average starting temperature of 54 degrees. High temperatures usually hover between 66-69 degrees. Course subject to change!

Course Maps
Linked below we’ve included printable PDF maps of the course. In addition if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you can view our interactive map.


We are excited to bring back our successful Half Marathon Relay to this year’s event! New for 2019 is the 3-person relay option!  Now you can enjoy the SLO Half Marathon with up to two of your closest friends!  Relay legs vary in distance, so there is sure to be a relay leg for everyone.  The Half Marathon Relay will utilize the same SLO Half Marathon course and will also start at 7:00am.  Relay participants should review the Relay Information Packet which contains all the details about the relays and will help your team have a successful relay experience.  Each team can be made up of 2 OR 3 runners (2-person teams will have one person that runs two legs) and will have one overall finish time. Don’t forget to register for our corporate challenge, sponsored by Morris & Garritano Insurance.

Half Marathon Relay info:
Relay Leg 1 is approximately 4.5 miles – From Start line to Marsh/Osos Street (aid station 1) – Flat and fast!
Relay Leg 2 is approximately 3.6 miles – From Marsh/Osos Streets (aid station 1) to Islay Park (aid station 3) – Climb, climb, climb!
Relay Leg 3 is approximately 5 miles – From Islay Park (aid station 3) to the Finish Line – rolling hills to flat, fast finish!


Team/Awards Categories:

  1. male/female/co-ed
  2. male/female/co-ed for “corporate challenge” category (must be 2-3 employees of said company), sponsored by Morris & Garritano Insurance.


With registration, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay participants receive:

  • A Collectible Finishers Medal – A Unique SLO Design Each Year
  • A unisex Technical Shirt with unique RACE SLO design
  • Chip-on-Bib Timing System
  • Fully supported course with AID Stations every two miles that include FLUID Sports Drink, energy gels and Culligan Water.
  • Pace Groups to help you achieve a personal best
  • Walkers Welcome/See Course Limits
  • Finish Line Recovery Food and Drink sponsored by TRADER JOE’S.
  • Reusable Sweats Bag
  • Access to ice, massage and ice, post-race.
  • Age Group Awards

NOTE – You must be an Official Finisher to be guaranteed a medal or race result


Pace groups will be available for the Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay registrants. Pace Group Leaders are all volunteers who are highly experienced runners from all over the state. Many of them are extremely familiar with the course and have paced the SLO Marathon and Half marathon in previous years.

The pace groups will be separated by 10-15-minute finish goals. The leaders will do their best to stay on target. However, if finishing in an exact time is critical to you then we suggest you manage your own pace and race solo. Each Pace Group will be lead by two Leaders. These volunteer leaders will be holding up signs at the race start with their goal time on it, near the same time corrals and will meet you there.

If you are interested in pacing for the  half marathon, please contact Nicole Hagobian at nicolekulikov@msn.com. Priority will be given to returning pacers. In your email you must include the following:

  1. Three pace groups that you are capable of and willing to pace
  2. Your half PR within the last 2 years
  3. Your pacing experience within the last 2 years
  4. Your unisex t-shirt size
  5. Your cell phone number



Full Map & “Zoomed In” Downtown Map below (click for large view):

Saturday, April 27, 2019





The SLO Half Marathon’s 5K Run / Walk is a two loop course that starts near the Half Marathon Finish Line arch at the Madonna Inn. 5K participants will be on the paved bike path and on roadway within the Madonna Inn property. There will be one aid station with water and sports drinks on the course. This spectator friendly finish line is at the base of the majestic Cerro San Luis and the iconic Madonna Inn. Celebrate your victory at the Race SLO Festival within walking distance of your finish line.

The 5K race starts at 8:45 a.m. Walkers, joggers and strollers are welcome but must line up at the back of the race and stay to the right on the course to allow competitive runners clearance.


With registration, 5K participants receive & additional notes:

  • 5K Race begins 8:45 a.m.(walkers, joggers and strollers welcome)
  • A SHORT sleeve Unisex Tech Shirt.
  • FLUID Sports Drink and Culligan Water
  • Chip-in-Bib Timing System
  • Age Group Awards
  • Reusable Sweats Bag
  • Walkers and Strollers/Joggers Welcome (Parents must sign waiver for their Children in strollers or joggers.)
  • Hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers cheering your every step
  • Spectator friendly course
  • Minimum age for unattended participant in the 5K is 7 years

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Kid’s Races



Our Kid’s 1-Mile race is a great starter race for children and adults alike, whether they run or walk, everyone is sure to have a great time!

The 1-Mile run is the first race on Saturday to kick off the Race SLO Festival with much excitement!  The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Madonna Inn.

Participants will run along the inner road at the Inn, around the Expo Center, past the horses in pasture, and finish along the bike path to the finish line, the same one that the half marathoners and marathoners will take on Sunday! Parents are welcome to run along with their children and strollers are welcome! Walkers are welcome! Your child will receive an official bib number and a cotton t-shirt for their efforts (Limited number of registrations).


Our Children’s Quarter Mile Dash is a great way for your child, 6-years and under, to participate and experience the joy of running with their peers.

The run starts at 9:45 a.m. near the tennis courts at the Madonna Inn. Your children will run along the bike path and end at the official finish line of the marathon and half marathon. Parents are welcome to run along with their children and strollers are welcome! Your child can feel the excitement of a race as people line the bike path and cheer them to the finish. They will receive an official bib number and a cotton t-shirt for their efforts.


    Thank You To Our Partners

    Between the kids events and 5k on Sat, followed by the half and full marathon option Sunday there is a little something for everyone. Having graduated from Cal Poly it’s great to come back and run pass so many memories along the course. My kids loved playing at the finish line festival.

    Benjamin Bruce, Pro Marathon Runner


    Register to Race!

    Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome!


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