SLO Marathon to close roads around town Sunday

Ryan Neely, men’s winner of the 2014 San Luis Obispo Marathon, heads to the finish line at the Madonna Inn.
Ryan Neely, men’s winner of the 2014 San Luis Obispo Marathon, heads to the finish line at the Madonna Inn. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

Thousands of runners and spectators will set foot in San Luis Obispo this weekend for the fifth annual SLO Marathon and Half Marathon.

The races will be held Sunday, starting at 6 a.m. from San Luis Obispo High School and finishing at The Madonna Inn.

The event will attract about 4,000 athletes, 1,000 volunteers, and about 7,500 spectators.

“People love this race,” race founder and CEO Samantha Pruitt said. “Elite runners are racing for prize money. But athletes of all levels are doing the half marathon and full marathon.”

A Family Fitness Day will be held Saturday in advance of the race, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Madonna Inn property. That event will include a soccer ball kick with Cal Poly’s Musty Mustang, a sack race, a golf putt and a rope-a-steer activity with Cal Poly Rodeo.

People love this race.

Samantha Pruitt, race founder and CEO

The event coordinators strongly suggest that people use Highway 101 to travel between the north and south ends of the city and downtown on Sunday.

Several main city streets will be closed from 3 a.m. to 7:30 a.m., including California Boulevard from Monterey Street to San Luis Drive; Monterey Street from California Boulevard to Chorro Street; Higuera Street from Chorro Street to Marsh Street; and Johnson Avenue from Marsh Street to San Luis Drive.

Other roads will be shut down for longer periods of time. For example, Islay Street from Osos Street to High Street will be closed from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m., as will High Street from Islay Street to Archer Street.

The pathway from Johnson Avenue to Tank Farm Road will be off limits to vehicle traffic from 5 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., and portions of Orcutt Road, Corbett Canyon Road, Tiffany Ranch Road, Highway 227 and Biddle Ranch Road will be closed for much of the morning.

CHP officers, San Luis Obispo Police Department officers, professional traffic control personnel and trained course marshals will be at affected intersections to ensure safety and provide information to motorists.

Find out more

For information about the race, road closures, spectator locations along the route and events is available at www.slomarathon.com.

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