Thank you for making the SLO Half Marathon + Relay your Spring destination! We have one brand new event, and four incredible races to choose from – YogaMusic Fest, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 5K and Kids Races – along with a finish line party highlighting the best of the Central Coast to celebrate each and every one of you.
The Countdown Begins!
YogaMusic Fest, presented by Pacific Premier Bank
Friday, April 24th, 3pm-9pm
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Half Marathon & Half Marathon Relay
HALF MARATHON & HALF MARATHON RELAY, PRESENTED BY PACIFIC PREMIER BANK
Thank you for making the SLO Half Marathon + Half Marathon Relay your Spring destination! We have four incredible races to choose from—Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay 5K and Kids Races—along with a finish line party highlighting the best of the Central Coast to celebrate each and every one of you.
We’re also proud to provide great on-course support and safety for everyone’s enjoyment and well being. You will enjoy—Aid Stations every 2-3 miles that include water, sports drink and race fuel (sports gels); on-call medical care; clean sanitary stations at start, on-course and at finish Line; Police, Professional Traffic Control and Course Marshals; 800 enthusiastic volunteers cheering your every step!
In order to qualify as an Official Finisher (individual or relay team), you must finish within the 4-hour course limit (11:00am). Your 1st cut-off is at mile 7.8 (Islay Park – Aid Station #3) by 9:30AM, Runners/Walkers not to Islay Park by this time will be asked to turn around early. Runners/Walkers must maintain an 18:00 minute per mile pace as the course will be closed on a mile-by-mile rolling basis. If you are unable to run/walk within the allotted time, you will either be picked up and driven to the finish area or asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City and County of San Luis Obispo. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed. Sag Wagons will be provided should you be unable to complete the race. Minimum age to compete in the Half Marathon is 15 years of age.
Our beautiful course for 2019 is a scenic tour of San Luis Obispo starting and finishing near the Madonna Inn. Runners will enjoy by heading straight toward historic downtown San Luis Obispo. You’ll enjoy the Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building and quaint downtown streets. Runners will also experience the Railroad District, Islay’s Streets charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line at the Madonna Inn where the RaceSLO Festival will be in full swing to celebrate your finish! Expect ideal running weather with coastal fog and an average starting temperature of 54 degrees. High temperatures usually hover between 66-69 degrees. Course subject to change!
Linked below we’ve included printable PDF maps of the course. In addition if you scroll down to the bottom of the page you can view our interactive map.
SLO Half Marathon Relay Team Info
This 2-3 person relay offers a distance for everyone, regardless of your fitness level! Please review the important information below for a successful relay race.
GENERAL RELAY INFORMATION
Race bib numbers (including your pass-off timing chip), shirts and runner goody bags can be picked up at the Race SLO Festival at the Madonna Inn Meadows on Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm or on Sunday, April 28 from 5:45 am to 6:30 am. One relay team member can pick up their team’s packets, shirts and timing device for their entire team (you MUST show copies of all teammates IDs). ONLY ONE TIMING DEVICE WILL BE PROVIDED PER TEAM and needs to be handed off at each relay exchange point.
All Half Marathon Relay participants will receive a bib number that must be worn on the front of each participant’s shirt. Each relay team will have the exact same bib number. You do not need to notify us of who is running which leg or swap bibs. You each need to keep your bib on all day.
Each team will receive ONLY ONE TIMING DEVICE. The timing device will be a Velcro bracelet/anklet with a timing chip embedded. The timing device MUST be worn by the first relay runner and then be handed off to each subsequent runner throughout the race. Upon reaching the first relay exchange point, the first runner will pass over the timing mat and hand off the timing device to the second runner in the designated runner exchange area. The timing device will essentially be your relay ‘baton’- DO NOT FORGET TO PASS THE TIMING DEVICE TO THE NEXT RUNNER!
Each team’s TOTAL overall elapsed chip time will be used to determine the overall relay team winners. In the event of a tie for first place, the chip time of the team’s first leg will determine the winner (fastest first leg breaks overall tie). Relay awards will be given to the top three overall Male, Female and Coed teams for both half marathon relay and Corporate Challenge Relay.
The entire team will each receive a RELAY finisher medal after their last runner comes in. Please note, only the last participant will be allowed in the finish chute; relay participants that have already completed their leg should NOT enter the finish line chute. The last relay participant will receive the medals for ALL team members. All relay participants should meet at the finish line and have their team photo taken.
RELAY EXCHANGE PROCEDURES
Each relay exchange zone will have staging areas for relay participants. Because of the limited space within the staging area, please make prior notes about your relay teammate’s pace/expected time so you will know the approximate time to expect them and enter the staging area approximately 30 minutes prior to their expected arrival.
Signage will be placed on the course indicating approximately 1/4 mile to the relay exchange. As the relay runners approach the relay exchanges, there will be a relay ‘lane’ directing the incoming runner toward the timing mat and exchange zone. As the incoming relay runner approaches the exchange zone, volunteers will alert waiting relay team members by calling out the incoming racer bib numbers. Listen for your team race bib number and move forward in the exchange zone when you hear your number called. The approaching runner will cross the timing mat and hand-off the timing device to his/her waiting relay team member to complete the exchange. Relay team members should listen closely to the volunteers and follow all instructions.
All relay exchanges will be located near aid stations where water, Fluid Sports Drink and portable restrooms are available. Please use caution when crossing the course at the relay exchange so as to not encroach on other half marathon runners who are not part of a relay.
Formal gear check will NOT be available at relay exchange zones. Gear bag drop-off is only available for the first relay runner at the START LINE (please use gear check bag provided). Relay participants will be able to rejoin their team members in the RaceSLO Festival area in the Madonna Meadows.
GETTING TO YOUR RELAY EXCHANGE
Because of race day traffic and road closures, it is recommended that all relay participants walk or carpool to their exchange zone from the Start area or review the travel directions noted below. CARPOOLING and VEHICLE EXCHANGE between teammates is highly recommended. THERE IS NO RACE SPONSORED RELAY TRANSPORTATION. You should plan travel accordingly to arrive at relay exchange points 30-45 minutes prior to the anticipated arrival of your relay teammate.
RELAY LEG SUMMARY, EXCHANGE ZONES AND TRANSPORTATION
Half Marathon Relay- LEG 1
|Start of Leg 1||Finish of Leg 1||Distance|
|Start Line- Madonna Inn||
Relay Exchange 1:
Marsh Street @ Osos Street
The first leg of the half marathon relay begins at the start line on Madonna Road. Leg 1 participants should enter pace corral for their expected pace at the start line with the other half marathon participants. Only Leg 1 participants will be allowed to check gear bags at start line UPS trucks. Please use gear check bag provided at packet pickup.
Relay Exchange 1 is located at the Marsh Street and Osos Street in downtown San Luis Obispo. Most roads in the downtown area will be closed due to the race. Parking for this relay exchange should be near Mitchell Park at Osos Street and Buchon Street.
Driving directions from start line to Half Marathon Relay Exchange 1:
- Head east on South Street to Broad Street and turn left (SLOPD will facilitate access at Broad Street and Islay Street)
- Turn right on Buchon Street and continue to Osos Street
- Park on the streets surrounding Mitchell Park (located between Buchon/Pismo Streets and Santa Rosa/Osos Streets)
*Leg 1 participants should consider walking back to the start/finish line areas OR exchange vehicle with Leg 2 participant.
Half Marathon Relay -LEG 2
|Start of Leg 2||Finish of Leg 2||Distance|
Relay Exchange 1:
Marsh Street @ Osos Street
Relay Exchange 2:
Islay Park – Tank Farm Rd. @ Orcutt Rd.
Relay Exchange 2 is located at Islay Park. Parking for this exchange is along the north side of Tank Farm Road (completely off of the roadway).
Driving directions from start line to Relay Exchange 2:
- Utilize Highway 101 South and exit at Los Osos Valley Road
- Turn left onto Los Osos Valley Road
- Turn left onto South Higuera Street
- Turn right onto Tank Farm Road
- Islay Park is at the intersection of Tank Farm Road and Orcutt Road. You will see a road closure and lots of activity. Parking should be along the north side of Tank Farm Road west of Orcutt Road. Please park completely off of the roadway.
Half Marathon Relay -LEG 3
|Start of Leg 3||Finish of Leg 3||Distance|
Relay Exchange 2:
Islay Park – Tank Farm Road @ Orcutt Road
Relay Exchange 3:
Finish Line @ Madonna Meadows
Finish Line is located at the Madonna Inn/Meadows. Parking for the finish line and RaceSLO Festival is in the upper grass area within the Madonna Meadows.
Participant Swag & Benefits
With registration, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay participants receive:
- A Collectible Finishers Medal – A Unique SLO Design Each Year
- A unisex Technical Shirt with unique RACE SLO design
- Chip-on-Bib Timing System
- Fully supported course with AID Stations every two miles that include FLUID Sports Drink, energy gels and Culligan Water.
- Pace Groups to help you achieve a personal best
- Walkers Welcome/See Course Limits
- Finish Line Recovery Food and Drink sponsored by TRADER JOE’S.
- Reusable Sweats Bag
- Access to ice, massage and ice, post-race.
- Age Group Awards
NOTE – You must be an Official Finisher to be guaranteed a medal or race result
Pace Group Information
Pace groups will be available for the Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay registrants. Pace Group Leaders are all volunteers who are highly experienced runners from all over the state. Many of them are extremely familiar with the course and have paced the SLO Marathon and Half marathon in previous years.
Pace groups provided 1:30-2:40 in 10 minute intervals. The leaders will do their best to stay on target. However, if finishing in an exact time is critical to you then we suggest you manage your own pace and race solo. Each Pace Group will be lead by two Leaders. These volunteer leaders will be holding up signs at the race start with their goal time on it, near the same time corrals and will meet you there.
If you are interested in pacing for the half marathon, please contact Nicole Hagobian at firstname.lastname@example.org. Priority will be given to returning pacers. In your email you must include the following:
- Three pace groups that you are capable of and willing to pace
- Your half PR within the last 2 years
- Your pacing experience within the last 2 years
- Your unisex t-shirt size
- Your cell phone number
HALF MARATHON PACE GROUPS STARTING LINE UP 6:15 AM (LOOK FOR HAND HELD SIGNS)
Saturday, April 25, 2020
The SLO Half Marathon’s 5K Run / Walk is a two loop course that starts near the Half Marathon Finish Line arch at the Madonna Inn. 5K participants will be on the paved bike path and on roadway within the Madonna Inn property. There will be one aid station with water and sports drinks on the course. This spectator friendly finish line is at the base of the majestic Cerro San Luis and the iconic Madonna Inn. Celebrate your victory at the Race SLO Festival within walking distance of your finish line.
The 5K race starts at 8:45 a.m. Walkers, joggers and strollers are welcome but must line up at the back of the race and stay to the right on the course to allow competitive runners clearance.
PARTICIPANT SWAG & BENEFITS
With registration, 5K participants receive & additional notes:
- 5K Race begins 8:45 a.m.(walkers, joggers and strollers welcome)
- A SHORT sleeve Unisex Tech Shirt.
- FLUID Sports Drink and Culligan Water
- Chip-in-Bib Timing System
- Age Group Awards
- Reusable Sweats Bag
- Walkers and Strollers/Joggers Welcome (Parents must sign waiver for their Children in strollers or joggers.)
- Hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers cheering your every step
- Spectator friendly course
- Minimum age for unattended participant in the 5K is 7 years
Saturday, April 25, 2020
Our Kid’s 1-Mile race is a great starter race for children and adults alike, whether they run or walk, everyone is sure to have a great time!
The 1-Mile run is the first race on Saturday to kick off the Race SLO Festival with much excitement! The race starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Madonna Inn.
Participants will run along the inner road at the Inn, around the Expo Center, past the horses in pasture, and finish along the bike path to the finish line, the same one that the half marathoners and marathoners will take on Sunday! Parents are welcome to run along with their children and strollers are welcome! Walkers are welcome! Your child will receive an official bib number and a cotton t-shirt for their efforts (Limited number of registrations).
CHILDREN’S QUARTER MILE
Our Children’s Quarter Mile Dash is a great way for your child, 6-years and under, to participate and experience the joy of running with their peers.
The run starts at 9:45 a.m. near the tennis courts at the Madonna Inn. Your children will run along the bike path and end at the official finish line of the marathon and half marathon. Parents are welcome to run along with their children and strollers are welcome! Your child can feel the excitement of a race as people line the bike path and cheer them to the finish. They will receive an official bib number and a cotton t-shirt for their efforts.
Thank You To Our Partners
Between the kids events and 5k on Sat, followed by the half and full marathon option Sunday there is a little something for everyone. Having graduated from Cal Poly it’s great to come back and run pass so many memories along the course. My kids loved playing at the finish line festival.
Benjamin Bruce, Pro Marathon Runner
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Runners and walkers of all ages and levels are welcome!
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