The SLO Marathon is a loop course that starts at 250 feet and tops out at 450 feet. The last few miles are a net downhill with a few gradual uphills.
The race starts near San Luis Obispo High School and finishes at the Madonna Inn.
The course starts with a loop around the downtown center, passes the historic Fremont Theater and City Courthouse, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and turn-of-the-century architecture before heading into the rolling hills, vineyards and farmland of the valley.
On the return to an Luis Obispo, runners head back into the town center to the finish at the basin of the Cerro San Luis Obispo Morro, Madonna Inn.
The San Luis Obispo Marathon was the 148th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 130th largest in 2014.
This year 9.2% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.4% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.
This gives the San Luis Obispo Marathon the 299th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 161st highest percentage so far in 2016.
Its Course Score of 97.37 ranks it as the 350th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 34th fastest course in California.
The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the San Luis Obispo Marathon a PR Score of 97.37. This PR Score ranks it as the 305th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 27th fastest in California.
Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.