Overall Rating
Overall Rating (8 Reviews)
4.1
(8 Ratings)(8 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.4
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
3.9
SWAG
3.8
THIS EVENT IS ON SABBATICAL FOR 2020. Per race website: “We will be relocating the event to its new home on the Central Coast for 2021, and are working hard to create a brand new RaceSLO experience.” **** Join us for a THREE-DAY RACE SLO FESTIVAL! Friday features: DJ’s, Multiple … MORE
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    victortsi2 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is awesome. Starts and finishes at the Madonna Inn. Parking available within walking distance to start line. Nice cool morning, but the wind did pick up a bit … MORE

    This race is awesome. Starts and finishes at the Madonna Inn. Parking available within walking distance to start line. Nice cool morning, but the wind did pick up a bit as the day went on. I got 611 feet of gain. Course right at 13.1. A lot of aid stations (water, electrolytes, gels) every 2 miles. Beautiful course that runs through downtown SLO with a lot of locals cheering you on. Very well marked course. Age group awards available for many Age Categories(Got 1st in my Age group😀).

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4
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    ryandholmgren FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is a beautiful course, and I love SLO, but I was disappointed that the race started late (more than 20 minutes late). That is the cardinal sin of putting … MORE

    This is a beautiful course, and I love SLO, but I was disappointed that the race started late (more than 20 minutes late). That is the cardinal sin of putting on races. The race swag was awesome, and the post-race festivities were good considering the number of participants. I would do it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    mikehobbs48 FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is a challenging course, but very scenic. It's well organized and the festivities are fantastic. And the volunteers at the aid stations and throughout the course are fantastic! One … MORE

    This is a challenging course, but very scenic. It’s well organized and the festivities are fantastic. And the volunteers at the aid stations and throughout the course are fantastic! One thing I liked best of all was that the entire family can be involved, from kids races, to the ninja course. Just be prepared for the second half of the marathon to be much harder than expected.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    victortsi2 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I liked that the race started right on time at 8:15am. Parking was easy to get to and was right next to bib pick up and and start line. This … MORE

    I liked that the race started right on time at 8:15am. Parking was easy to get to and was right next to bib pick up and and start line. This was my first time running the 5k race and got 1st place overall. The only medal I got was 1st place in age group and that was it. I was expecting something else for winning the race. Course is very well marked with a lot of volunteers and 1 aid station around mile 1 or race.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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    M_Sohaskey May 03, 2017 at 10:48pm

    CONGRATS Victor, first place overall at a race this size is an awesome feat! So much for running "slo" :) (I'm sure you haven't heard that joke enough yet). In… MORE

    CONGRATS Victor, first place overall at a race this size is an awesome feat! So much for running "slo" :) (I'm sure you haven't heard that joke enough yet). In lieu of an overall award, you get the satisfaction of knowing you came, you saw and you kicked ass in Endurance Town, USA! LESS

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    avocadosallday FIRST-TIMER '17

    This is the hardest race I've have ever participated in. Race didn't start until just after 730am and with temperatures reaching ~82 degrees this made it a tough race. Very … MORE

    This is the hardest race I’ve have ever participated in. Race didn’t start until just after 730am and with temperatures reaching ~82 degrees this made it a tough race. Very cool scenery and it was awesome running through my old Cal Poly neighborhood 😉 What made this course difficult was after leaving downtown and heading out into the countryside, rolling hills and high heat with very little support in terms of aid stations made this tough. Between miles 21 and 25 there were no aids stations and I literally saw a guy puke next to me and my friend told me he watched a guy collapse at mile 24. Hopefully they get this right in future races, early start time for marathoners and more aid stations on the back end miles.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    2

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    M_Sohaskey May 03, 2017 at 10:54pm

    WOW, sounds like a rough day at the races. Nice job toughing out the heat Michael, especially with the lack of aid stations in the later miles. Heat and hills… MORE

    WOW, sounds like a rough day at the races. Nice job toughing out the heat Michael, especially with the lack of aid stations in the later miles. Heat and hills are always a wicked combination when you're running 26.2. Thanks for the helpful review, and we'll make sure the organizers hear your feedback on the start time and aid stations! LESS

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    Tracilin FIRST-TIMER '16

    Cowbell medal was nice. Prison grey shirt, not so nice. Didn't care for running over a walking bridge. It shook real bad with all the weight of the runners and … MORE

    Cowbell medal was nice. Prison grey shirt, not so nice. Didn’t care for running over a walking bridge. It shook real bad with all the weight of the runners and made me a little dizzy and unsteady. New course in 2017 and I plan to run it again

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    RoseVernon FIRST-TIMER '16

    The marathon was much smaller than I had anticipated. The race was sold out for the half and full but I was disappointed with the number of people actually running. … MORE

    The marathon was much smaller than I had anticipated. The race was sold out for the half and full but I was disappointed with the number of people actually running. The volunteers were great, very enthusiastic, and encouraging. A great overall experience. I wish there had been more professional photographers. I only saw 1 at the very beginning and 1 at the finish line. It has been almost a week and I haven’t had an opportunity to purchase any pictures, kind of a bummer.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    hunter255673 FIRST-TIMER '15

    The San Luis Obispo marathon is a challenging course. Lots of rolling hills. The second half was compounded by wind gusts. Overall, a good race, but be prepared to run … MORE

    The San Luis Obispo marathon is a challenging course. Lots of rolling hills. The second half was compounded by wind gusts. Overall, a good race, but be prepared to run hard.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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