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The annual San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Children’s Family Fitness Day is coming April 28 – 29, 2018! This event welcomes professional athletes as well as first timers to come and experience fun for the whole family. Participants can choose from four course length options—Marathon, Half Marathon, Family 5K, and Children’s Races.

Participants are encouraged to take part in the team discount incentive program, which offers 10% off their entry fees. Anyone can create a team for any event besides Kid’s races, and it is a great way to gather friends or coworkers for a healthy dose of competition and camaraderie. Additionally, this year’s events will include both a 4-person marathon relay and 2-person half relay. After traversing the beautiful town of San Luis Obispo, the SLO Marathon invites you to visit the Race SLO Festival at the Madonna Inn, where runners and their families can enjoy live music, gourmet food, running products and brands, and scenic surroundings.

With a new course in 2018, runners will experience a scenic loop through San Luis Obispo, beginning and ending at the Madonna Inn. The beautiful route winds through Downtown San Luis Obispo, passing Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and the iconic Fremont Theatre, and traverses through the Irish Hills Natural Preserve and the Railroad District, featuring charming bungalows and historic Victorians.

As if the beautiful weather in San Luis Obispo and the lush, rolling hills aren’t enough incentive to stick around, runners can relax and enjoy the entire weekend in San Luis Obispo and find plenty of wonderful things to do in town. From the Thursday Night Farmers’ Market to wine tasting in Edna Valley, there really is something for everyone. Don’t miss out on the delicious local restaurants in Downtown SLO, where race participants can refuel and recharge. Register for the race today and book your stay in San Luis Obispo.


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SLO Marathon Event Schedule

Race SLO Festival Hours

  • April 28 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • April 29 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Race Start Times

  • April 28 at 8:30 a.m. – Kids 1 Mile Start
  • April 28 at 8:45 a.m. – 5K Start
  • April 28 at 9:45 a.m. – Kids ¼ Mile Race Start at Tennis Court
  • April 29 at 7:00 a.m. – Marathon, Half Marathon, and Relays Start


This Year’s Race SLO Ambassadors include Mayor Heidi Harmon, Teacher of the Year Robyn Ortiz, and many more fantastic San Luis Obispo locals. These inspiring individuals are committed to the continued development of community leadership, human connection, and relentless exploration. Lace up those shoes and join them in making a difference this year.

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