Race Review: San Luis Obispo Marathon

Posted on 26 November 2011

On April 22, 2012, the Inaugural San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half Marathon runs through the quaint college town of SLO, out into the vineyards of the Edna Valley and ends at the iconic Madonna Inn where the SLO Life Expo will be in full swing. The weather is great for running, in the high 60′s to low 70′s on average.

Race Director Samantha Pruitt is a certified Race Director and an experienced endurance athlete. Samantha’s next race is the IronMan Arizona in November 2011.

The Marathon and Half Marathon courses are loop courses. The 5K race is an out and back course. All courses are closed and will be clearly marked with course marshals on course. There will be plenty of clean, sanitary bathrooms at the Start and Finish lines as well as every aid station on the course. Cell coverage is available on course and a photographer will cover at key areas of the race. Water and sports drink will be available at Start and Finish, as well as on course. Coffee will be available at the Finish Line Expo.

Aid Stations will be positioned every 2 to 3 miles on the course. There will be sport drink, water and at Mile 9, there will be a Goo product.

The San Luis Obispo Marathon is a Team In Training event, with five California Chapters participating. The Marathon is also offering local training. The course has rolling hills and athletes should train on hills when possible. First-timers should do some hill training to feel comfortable with the course.

For those traveling to the event, there is a local airport and Amtrak station in San Luis Obispo. There are plentiful hotels near the race start line on Monterey Street and around San Luis Obispo.  There are great beaches and a Children’s Museum, to enjoy with the family!

The Marathon costs $110, the Half Marathon is $85 and the 5K is $35. Each athlete receives a recycled tech t-shirt and recovery food at the finish. Finishers will receive a medal. Each athlete will receive a free shuttle pass to get to the Start line and then back to their cars parked in outer parking lots.

Yes, the SLO Life Expo will feature the best of the San Luis Obispo lifestyle, with fresh food products, wines from our wine country, local beer, the outdoor lifestyle and live music. The Expo begins on Friday and runs through race day. The event has pledged to be “green” making the Athletes For A Fit Planet sustainability pledge.

The athlete will love the beautiful course, weather, race amenities and the Expo. It provides a great destination package where athletes will come to run and stay to play!

For More Information contact Heather Hellman, Event Director at No1spud@gmail.com or visit www.SLOMarathon.com

 

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