SLO Marathon + Half Announces New Courses for 2017

Scenic, faster USA Track & Field certified courses showcase San Luis Obispo; register today for the sixth edition and be part of the #EnduranceTownUSA experience on April 29–30, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (January 31, 2017) — The SLO Marathon + Half Marathon has announced new 26.2 and 13.1 mile courses for its upcoming 2017 event. The 6th annual SLO Marathon event weekend, an Endurance Town USA running tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 29–30.

“Our two new and improved courses best showcase what Endurance Town USA has to offer road runners from our new start line at the iconic Madonna Inn, a complete circle around the entire town and through the seven sisters region, into the rural Eden Valley wine country, past Cal Poly as well as twice into the historic downtown district,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “The Marathon course is still a Boston qualifier, and all athletes will experience our elevated #RaceSLO town festival and post-race celebration with live music, free activities, vendors, food and beer on the Madonna Meadows all weekend long.”

The new, beautiful loop designed courses for 2017 feature fast and scenic tours of San Luis Obispo both starting and finishing in the meadows at Madonna Inn. Runners will head south toward the beautiful Irish Hills Natural Preserve, passing by Madonna Mountain and Bishop’s Peak, then loop toward historic downtown to enjoy victorian and craftsman homes, the Fremont Theatre and the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. In addition, runners will also experience a spectator and entertainment lined route through the Railroad District, Islay’s Street lined with charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line along the white picket fence at Madonna Inn Meadows with the Race SLO Festival crowds awaiting to mark the day.

Starting off under Spring central coast fog, with an average starting temperature of 54 F degrees and finishing high temperatures hovering between 66–69 F degrees, race day weather can be ideal for the largest road running event on California’s Central Coast. For the Marathon and Half Marathon runners, there will be chip timing with tracking & social media capability, Pace Groups and fully supported courses with aid stations every two miles that will include FLUID Sports Drink and a CLIF Bar/CLIF Shots Energy Zone. Elite athletes will also race for prize money and the entire community will be out in full support with non-stop entertainment, free festival activities, live music and cheering fans.

Find more course information including course map with elevation profile at:

For more event information or to register for the 6th edition, go to: www.slomarathon.com

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ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondo cycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.