Numerous road closures are scheduled for Sunday, April 29, as 3,000 people achieve 26.2 or 13.1 miles on foot in the San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon & Relays, presented by Pacific Premier Bank. The seventh annual race starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday at Madonna Inn, taking runners and walkers on a course through downtown San Luis Obispo and into Edna Valley.
Several streets will be closed to thru traffic from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to ensure athletes’ safety. Most road closures around downtown start about 4 a.m., with many reopening again to traffic by 8:30-9:30 a.m. Exceptions include Islay, High and Archer Streets: Portions of those streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Marsh Street on- and off-ramps at Highway 101 will be closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“No parking” signs will be posted on the course, and vehicles will be towed if left inside the road closure. California Highway Patrol officers, San Luis Obispo Police Department officers, Professional Traffic Control Personnel and safety course marshals will be at affected intersections to ensure safety and provide motorists information. Please use caution and slow speeds while driving in and around the course. For a full schedule of road closures, visi ww.slomarathon.com/the-races/road-closure.
The SLO Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays Sunday & 5K and Kids races Saturday are organized by a professional team and 1,000 volunteers. The Race SLO Festival at Madonna Inn, April 28 and 29, is free to the community and includes live music, yoga, vendors and food. Annually, Race SLO endurance sporting events deliver more than a $4 million countywide economic impact with thousands of athletes coming from all over the USA. In their ten years as a local business, Race SLO has additionally raised and donated funds of over half a million dollars to non-profit programs that foster health and fitness.
“e are dedicated to providing our athletes the most memorable SLO experience at our events. Equally, we are passionate about giving back to our community because we know it takes the whole community to produce this event and we want our town healthy!” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder and CEO.
Beneficiaries of 2018 SLO Marathon includ ack's Helping Han, providing assistance and programs to children with cancer and special needs; izzly Youth Academ, intervening in the lives of 16-18 year old dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens; an eam Red, White and Blu, enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.