French Hospital Medical Center will be the primary care facility and support the medical tent needs on-site at race finish and for The SLO Life Expo

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA — Partnering with the premier hospitals in the California Central Coast region, the San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K has signed Catholic Healthcare West Hospitals (CHW) of the Central Coast as an Official Sponsor and medical provider for the race weekend. The hospitals represented are French Hospital Medical Center, Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and Marian Medical Center. French Hospital, located on Johnson Avenue in San Luis Obispo and along the Marathon and Half Marathon course, will be the primary care facility for the race. The French Hospital tent will be located at the finish line and staffed by local care professionals.

“We are extremely excited to have CHW and French Hospital Medical Center as our medical provider for the Marathon weekend,” says Heather Hellman, Event Director. “French Hospital is an award-winning facility with outstanding comprehensive care, medical personnel, administration and volunteers. I can rest easy knowing that our athletes, should something arise, will be taken care of by the best in the business.”

Recently, French Hospital Medical Center was named one of the Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals in the country, according to an annual study released by Thomson Reuters, an independent, nonbiased source of information for the world’s businesses and professionals. The hospital is one of only two California hospitals identified on the list. French Hospital is also home to the Hearst Cancer Resource Center and a new French Health Center, a comprehensive primary care practice.

“French Hospital is honored to sponsor the very first San Luis Obispo Marathon. We believe in supporting events that promote good health and encourage healthier lifestyles. This will be an excellent opportunity for our community to participate and showcase the beautiful Central Coast,” says Alan Iftiniuk, French Hospital President and CEO.


French Hospital Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital established in 1946 and is located in San Luis Obispo, California. This 112-bed hospital with its team of over 500 employees and more than 300 physicians extend the mission of providing compassionate, high quality health care services to San Luis Obispo and its surrounding communities. French Hospital Medical Center is part of the CHW Hospitals of the Central Coast with sister hospitals at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital in Arroyo Grande, CA and Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, CA. As part of Catholic Healthcare West, we help to create the largest Catholic Health Care System in the western United States. To learn more go to


The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K races take place on April 21 and Earth Day April 22, 2012. Named “The Happiest Place in North America,” San Luis Obispo will be showcased when athletes run the race courses and at the post-race SLO Life Expo where local, fresh foods, brews, wine, products and live music will fill the outdoors at the iconic Madonna Inn. The San Luis Obispo Marathon and Half Marathon races benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and is a Team In Training event. The 5K race benefits Special Olympics of San Luis Obispo County. Race registration is open online at For further information on the Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K, as well as The SLO Life Expo and San Luis Obispo, please visit The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half + 5K is a Get Off The Couch Potato Sports Production.