City to the Sea, colloquially referred to as City to Sea, is a visually stunning, point-to-point Half Marathon that runs from downtown San Luis Obispo to the cliffs above Pismo Beach. This year’s race, taking place on October 8th, marks the 22nd iteration of the historic race. As a way of highlighting the event and its contribution to our local community, we’d like to share a brief history of the race as told by one of the race founders: Running Warehouse’s fearless leader Joe Rubio.
“Dale Anderson and I started the City to Sea Race as an income vehicle to help raise money to replace the track at Cuesta College. When we approached the then President of Cuesta College, Grace Mitchell, about our idea of giving the proceeds from the race to Cuesta College, she suggested that our first focus be designing and constructing a permanent cross country course on the 37 acres just across the highway from the campus. Because we had manpower but no funds raised, we agreed.
By establishing the Fairbanks Cross Country Course we showed that the City to Sea event was having immediate results. In time we were able to raise the visibility of the need for a new track and to utilize the City to Sea race to contribute funds to help build a new track on Cuesta’s campus.
Years after we established the City to Sea races, I started Running Warehouse with my partners Drew and Mark. We continue to feel strongly about helping Cuesta College Athletics, and having Running Warehouse be the title sponsor of the race that I helped start is a natural fit. It is also the right fit. We are so proud of the job the staff at Cuesta College has done, the race is better in every way imaginable than when Dale and I were in charge.”
Sign-ups for the race are open now, and if the Half Marathon isn’t in your wheelhouse, the event also includes a Seaside 5k and a Kid’s Fun Run! Additionally, if you aren’t from the area, City to Sea is a great reason to get out to California’s Central Coast and enjoy the many wonders that it has to offer. To learn more about the race and sign-up, please see the link below.
Will has been running competitively since high school, and is currently running with the HOKA Aggies, a post-collegiate club here on the central coast of California. With a preference for the humorous and the verbose, he enjoys playing the wordsmith almost as much as his daily runs.