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Thousands of runners race from SLO to Pismo in City to the Sea Half Marathon

San Luis Obispo’s Phillip Reid crosses the finish line first in the the 22nd annual City to the Sea Half Marathon, which started in downtown San Luis Obispo, wound through town and ends in Pismo Beach, on Sunday.
San Luis Obispo’s Phillip Reid crosses the finish line first in the the 22nd annual City to the Sea Half Marathon, which started in downtown San Luis Obispo, wound through town and ends in Pismo Beach, on Sunday. The Tribune

Thousands of runners flocked to downtown San Luis Obispo at dawn Sunday for the 22nd annual running of the City to the Sea Half Marathon, a 13.1-mile race that winds its way to its eventual finish in Pismo Beach.

San Luis Obispo’s Phillip Reid crossed the finish line first, traversing the scenic course in 1 hour, 9 minutes, 16 seconds, besting second-place finisher Sergio Reyes of Palmdale, the SLO Marathon men’s champion this summer, by 20 seconds. Mark Huizar rounded out the top three in the men’s division with a time of 1:10.10.

Kara Thorne of Grover Beach, 2014 SLO Half Marathon champion, won the women’s half with a time of 1:21.49, finishing ahead of Davis’ Kelsey Lakowske (1:25.11), this year’s women’s SLO Marathon champion, and Lindsay Bruinsma of San Francisco (1:29.28).

In the event’s 5K race in Pismo Beach, Fresno’s Matthew Klundt won the men’s division with a time of 16:47, and San Luis Obispo’s Stacey White was tops in the women’s classification (20:38).

Approximately 2,000 runners participated in the event, a fundraiser for Cuesta College track and field and cross country teams.

Running Warehouse owner and local running fixture Joe Rubio will be inducted into the SLO Marathon Hall of Fame on Sunday.

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