A Kids’ Quarter Miler heads toward the finish line at the 2017 SLO Marathon + Half. Photo credit: David Monico

6th “Endurance Town USA” experience on April 26–30, 2017 welcomes attendees, participants, sponsors, family and friends and celebrates event Hall of Famer Joe Rubio!

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 29, 2017) — The SLO Marathon + Half event, an Endurance Town USA running tradition produced by Race SLO, will welcome more than 3,800-plus entrants and 10,000-plus family and friends. Below is a summary of the 6th edition event so far.


The inaugural 4-Day Healthy Running Conference sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo offered continuing education for healthcare professionals, coaches and runners interested in maintaining and promoting the health of runners. The conference was led by renowned in their field professional educators:

  • Lt. Col. Dr. Mark Cucuzzella — MD Professor at West Virginia University School of Medicine, elite Masters runner
  • Jay Dicharry, MPT, SCS — Author of Anatomy for Runners, Board-Certified Sports Clinical Specialist, researcher, author, coach and Ironman triathlete
  • Dr. Phil Maffetone — author of The Big Book of Endurance Training and Racing and many more
  • Dr. Hiraoki Tanaka, PhD — Professor at Fukuoka University, founder of the Institute for Physical Activity, champion marathon runner
  • Dr. Steven Smith, PhD — Associate Professor Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, ultra runner
  • Ian Adamson, MS Sports Medicine, BS Mechanical Engineering — world champion, world record holder and X-Games Gold medalist

Healthy Running Conference participants and lecturers take a break from the 4-day event. Photo credit: David Kline


On Friday evening at the Endurance Town USA Hall of Fame Party, the event honored 2017 Hall of Fame recipient Joe Rubio, a 2-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier and CEO of Running Warehouse and also welcomed, with Rubio, an incredible panel of speakers who shared lively and entertaining stories on how Running Changes Lives and also fielded questions from a spirited audience of 200 fans:

  • Professional athlete, coach and Cal Poly alum Ben Bruce
  • Professional athlete & hometown star Jordan Hasay fresh off her U.S. record debut 2:23:00 at the storied Boston Marathon
  • 1996 Olympic marathoner Linda Somers-Smith
  • World renowned health expert and author Phil Maffetone

On Sunday, April 30, at the 6th SLO Marathon + Half Marathon post-race awards ceremony, Rubio, 54, will be officially inducted into the event’s Hall of Fame.

Running Changes Lives panel at the #EnduranceTownUSA Hall of Fame event. From left to right: David Monico (MC), Joe Rubio (2017 Hall of Fame inductee), Phil Maffetone (Health Running Conference lecturer), Jordan Hasay (SLO Hometown Professional Athlete), Ben Bruce (Cal Poly Alum & Race SLO Ambassador) & Linda Somers-Smith (1996 Olympian, SLO Local athlete). Photo credit: Luis Escobar


On a beautiful, cool, sunny spring morning in Endurance Town USA, the 5K was won by Victor Hurtado, 36, of Santa Maria and Arabella Edler, 13, of Arroyo Grande in 17 minutes, 46 seconds and 20:04, respectively. Overall, there were 452 finishers. The community event benefited Jack’s Helping Hand, a local non-profit providing assistance and programs to children with cancer and special needs.

In addition, there was a Kids 1 Mile and Kids ¼ Mile as well as family fun activities such as free runner’s yoga powered by lululemon, Ninja Warrior Legacy course and gymnastics. Also at the open-to-the-public 2-day Race SLO Festival, attendees found vendors, food and beverages and heard live music by B and the Hive.

New for 2017, the first 1,000 people who come to the festival will receive special fan race bibs and will be entered into special drawings.

Start of the Kids’ 1 Mile race. Photo credit: Luis Escobar


Race day! Top elite fields in the Marathon and Half Marathon 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 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) plus $2000 event record bonus monies available. 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.

Visit slomarathon.com for more information including event schedule, road closures and results.

More Photos from Saturday, April 29 @ the SLO Marathon + Half

Victor Hurtado from Santa Maria wins the Men’s 5K. Photo credit: Luis Escobar

B and the Hive performs on stage at the SLO Marathon + Half. Photo credit: Luis Escobar

Kids participate in the Ninja Warrior Legacy course. Photo credit: Luis Escobar

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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!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.