Things start getting rugged on Highway 1 as you transition from the Pismo Beach area, heading north along the coast and hit the 250 mile mark on the event’s route. Morro Bay serves as a sort of Southern entrance to this lightly inhabited land, which is both wild and beautiful.
Run Local founder, J.T. Service, lived there for a time as he trained for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. He welcomes you to his former home in his short video with the impressive, volcanic Morro Rock serving as a back drop.
Enjoy some of our favorite spots, listen to some music or enjoy the meditative release of coloring some pages.
Morro Rock Beach
Run Local President, Aaron, says “Running on the sand at Morro Bay is one of the best best runs I’ve ever done.” Enjoy flat, hard packed sand with beautiful views.
Montaña de Oro
A trail runners dream, nestled between Avila Beach and Morro Bay, you’ll enjoy some of the best scenery along the Central Coast at this California State Park.
Ontario Ridge Trail
Also known as the Avila Ridge this steep trail pays off in a hurry when you get to the summit offering panoramic ocean views of Shell Beach to Avila and beyond.
Cerro San Luis Obispo
Yes, it is one of the most comprehensive online run retailers in the United States, but with its HQ in San Luis Obispo, it is local to the core supporting events, clubs and hiring post graduates from throughout California looking for their next big race.
HOKA ONE ONE Aggies
The Aggies enjoy a 40-plus year tradition of assisting distance runners to reach their competitive running goals, by providing a structure that allows significant improvement in their post collegiate careers. Over these 40-plus years, the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies Running Club has helped hundreds of underdeveloped athletes become nationally competitive in cross country, track, road and marathon racing.
San Luis Distance Club (SLDC)
The San Luis Distance Club was formed in 1974 by a group of local residents to promote distance running in San Luis Obispo County.
The activities of the club include the sponsorship of races within the county, fielding teams at various levels of competition, and conducting youth and open track and distance workouts.
Membership is open to all ages and ability levels and the club is affiliated with the Road Runners Club of America and the Pacific Association of USA Track & Field.
Breakfast: Honeymoon Cafe
California hippy spot with organic stuff, smoothies, breakfast ect.
Lunch: High Street Deli
It’s been deemed the best Deli in the world. We haven’t fact checked that, so we encourage you to visit it and find out for yourself.
Lunch: Taco Temple
California fusion. Fish tacos, burritos, and more. They also have another location in San Luis Obispo.
Lunch: Rudell’s Smokehouse
Noticing a theme here? The Central Coast does its lunches really well. Go to Rudell’s for some of the best smoked meats around. Smoked Albacore Taco? Yes, please.
With four locations in the region you can’t go wrong enjoying this ranch-style meal with genuine Western hospitality. As they say, it’s a taste of the Great American West with Great Steaks and 100% Local Wines.
Dinner: Giuseppe’s Cucina Italiana
In 1988, Giuseppe DiFronzo breathed life into the original Giuseppe’s Cucina in Pismo Beach. What started as a Calpoly senior project has since spawned a second restaurant, located in thriving downtown San Luis Obispo. Much beloved by locals and travelers alike, Giuseppe’s was an early adopter of the farm-to-fork philosophy.
Beer: Libertine Brewing
The Libertine Brewing Company was formed as a respite from traditional American lagers on the Central Coast of California. Founded in 2012, The Libertine Pub on the Embarcadero in Morro Bay was one of the original “Craft Beer Bars” in SLO county, introducing the area to Double IPA’s, Barrel-Aged stouts and Belgian Sours. Don’t just limit yourself to one brewer though; the Central Coast has many delicious brews to enjoy.
Wine: Chamisal Vineyards
We are devoted to understanding this magical piece of ground and applying the knowledge and experience of several decades to produce quintessential Central Coast Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs using sustainable practices. In addition to Chamisal, explore Paso Robles wine country and the Edna Valley in the City of SLO.
Enjoy the Central Coast at numerous Farmer’s Markets in the region including Saturday’s Morro Bay Main Street Market and the can’t miss San Luis Obispo downtown Thursday evening Farmers Market.
Cayucos Surf Co.
Shop local surf and skate, rent boards and even enjoy a free skate ramp right near by.
Morro Bay has its Main Street, but travel down any downtown corridor along this stretch of coast or just a bit inland in Paso Robles or San Luis Obispo and you won’t be disappointed. Local boutiques, antique, and off the wall stuff. You’ll find it here.