Yount, McCarty, Thorne and Bruce headline elite fields for 6th edition; register today to be part of the “Endurance Town USA” experience on April 29–30, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 24, 2017) — The SLO Marathon + Half Marathon has announced its elite fields that include four past race champions — Maggie Yount (2016 Marathon), Van McCarty (2012 Marathon), Joe Thorne (2013 Marathon & 2014, 2016 Half Marathon) and Ben Bruce (2015 Half Marathon) plus local talent Brandon Messerly, Luke Letwin, Connor Blalock and Erin Tracht. The 6th SLO Marathon + Half event edition, an Endurance Town USA running tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 29–30.

“With new Marathon and Half Marathon courses for our 6th edition and top fields including four past champions, our event records will be challenged if not broken again,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “On Sunday, April 30 in Endurance Town USA, we expect some great competition in both races.”

In the 26.2 mile race, top Master, local favorite and inaugural SLO Marathon champion Van McCarty, 46, (San Luis Obispo) faces 2016 runner-up Bihama Vedaste (San Jose, CA), Timothy Comay (Walnut Creek, CA) and David Campa (San Luis Obispo). Defending champion and event record holder Maggie Yount, 32, from San Mateo, CA and 2015–16 runner-up Carri Arrieta, 50, (Moreno Valley, CA) are the top women expected.

In the 13.1 mile race, event record holder Joe Thorne from nearby Grover Beach will defend his title against 2015 champion & Cal Poly alum Ben Bruce, 2010 USA Marathon national champion Sergio Reyes (Palmdale, CA), 2016 runner-up Brandon Messerly (San Luis Obispo), Justin Patananan (Lancaster, CA), Luke Letwin (San Luis Obispo), Connor Blalock (San Luis Obispo) and Juan Ricardo Jaquez (Mexico), 3rd last year. For the women, 2016 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers Jenny Kadavy (Clayton, CA) & Molly Friel, 49, (Fresno, CA), 2016 runner-up Erin Tracht (San Luis Obispo) and Nicole Meyer (Palo Alto, CA) are the top entrants.

Last year, event records were set in the Marathon by Maggie Yount (2:50:06) and the Half Marathon by local star Joe Thorne (1:10:50).

The 2017 prize money, presented by Race SLO, totals $3150 and will be awarded to the top 3 per gender in the Marathon ($600, $300 and $150) and Half Marathon ($300, $150 and $75). Post-race, the top 3 will be recognized on the podium at the finish line festival, while the Marathon champions will also receive a unique engraved antique cow bell, an event tradition.

In addition, there will be $2000 in bonus money available per the below:

Bonus #1

Any previous SLO Marathon or Half Marathon winner who is once again victorious in their respective event will receive a $250 bonus.

Bonus #2

Anyone setting an event record will receive a $250 bonus.


  • Jorge Maravilla(USA / CA), 2:26:47 in 2015
  • Maggie Yount (USA / CA), 2:50:06 in 2016


  • Joe Thorne(USA / CA), 1:10:50 in 2016
  • Kara Thorne(USA / CA), 1:21:08 in 2014

To register for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K or children’s races, view course maps, volunteer, event schedule or for additional event information, go to:

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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!

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