San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K.

1499 San Luis Dr
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Whether you are competing or this is your first endurance or 5K event, our races are all about you! We want you to have fun, achieve your goal, finish strong, PR, and enjoy the journey. We'll offer you advice and support all along the way. In the end, you can be proud and we will too, of you, hanging that medal around your neck and cheering your every step.



The SLO Marathon is a point-to-point course. The race starts at San Luis Obispo High School and finishes at the iconic Madonna Inn, in between highlighting the incredible beauty of our turn-of-the-century downtown, historic neighborhoods, the green hills and open spaces of the Edna Valley and wine country.

 The course starts fast with a loop around the tree-lined downtown, passing the neoned Fremont Theater and City Courthouse, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and classic architecture before heading into the hills, vineyards and farmland of the Edna Valley with scenic Morro views.

Upon return, participants head back into the town center to the spectator friendly finish line at the basin of Cerro San Luis Obispo Morro, Madonna Inn and The SLO Life Expo. The Marathon race starts at 250 ft. above sea level then covers 2 to 3 hill climbs before hitting a rollers in the Edna Valley as high as 375 ft. above sea level and finishes flat and downhill at 175 ft. above sea level.

Half Marathon

The SLO Half Marathon is a paved, point-to-point course that follows the Marathon route, starting at San Luis Obispo High School, a quick loop around the historic downtown, past the Fremont Theatre, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building, the Chinese Garden and out into the beautiful Edna Valley vineyards and farmland (yes there are a few hills).



The SLO Marathon’s 5K Run / Walk is a two loop course that starts near the Marathon + 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 Morro and the iconic Madonna Inn. Celebrate your victory at the SLO Life Expo within walking distance of your finish line.

Kids Quarter Mile

The SLO Marathon Children's Quarter Mile Dash sponsored by Central Coast Gymnastics Sports Center is a great way for your child, 6-years and under, to participate and experience the joy of running with their peers.




The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K is pleased to have Morris & Garritano as the sponsor of our Teams Initiative. We launched a team discount incentive program for the Inaugural 2012 race and attracted more than 700 participants, with Morris & Garritano as one of the largest teams. They help businesses with their corporate wellness initiatives and they want to challenge companies to create a team for the 2015 races.

It's easy to create a team and gather people to run or walk for your company, club or charitable cause. Team running/walking builds camaraderie, fun, health and commitment. Here are the steps to register YOUR team for the 2015 SLO Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K:


someone takes the role of Team Captain and registers online, paying full price. When prompted during the registration process, the team captain creates the team name.


the Team Captain gets a unique $10 off registration code (email for a unique team code) for all of his/her teammates. Team members register online and use the $10 off code (this is for marathon and half marathon registrations only, 5K participants can be counted in the team total but do not get a discount). When prompted in registration, they select the team name.


recruit as many members as you can: family, friends and associates can all participate on your team. Recruit even from beginner athletes; they can register for the 5K and still count towards your minimum team size of 12 (even though 5K athletes don’t get the $10 discount.)


  • team branded short-sleeve tech shirts for all members (including the 5K runners.), great for training
  • Team Captains of teams with 12 or more members will also receive a refund of their registration fee.

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