2021 SLO County Spartan Race
Registration for the Beast, Ultra, Super and Kids races is now open. All events are scheduled to be held with increased safety and health measures to comply with local COVID-19 restrictions. Spartans, volunteers and spectators will be required to sign waivers and additional details will be provided as race day nears.
The 2021 SLO Spartan events will be on Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th.
Race start time begin at 6am on Saturday and continue through early afternoon on Sunday. Times are designated by race and group selected and will be assigned by Spartan.
The Spartan events will all be held at the Santa Margarita Ranch in San Luis Obispo County.
We know your visit will focus on the race, and while you are here why not enjoy the almost 100 mile stretch of Highway 1 along coastal San Luis Obispo County…now is your chance to stay along the Highway 1 Discovery Route and check-off this bucket list experience. These 10 destinations are each unique so check out the specifics below to see which best matches your style.
Best known for being home to Hearst Castle, San Simeon is rich in both history and adventure. Old San Simeon, built on the shoreline known for its whaling in the 1800s, offers a wealth of activities for the outdoor enthusiast, the foodie, or the vista-hunter. Wildlife is abundant in the area with frequent sightings of sea otters, elephant seals, seabirds and migrating humpback whales. Looking for a hike? The easy-moderate San Simeon Bay Trail takes you through coastal forests and out to secluded vistas.
San Simeon is on the North Coast of SLO CAL and is 50 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch. Lodging options include oceanfront hotels and vacation rentals and can be found here.
Visit Cambria to walk on historic streets and famous California beaches. Start at the Guthrie-Bianchini House, now the Cambria Historical Museum, for details on a self-guided walking tour. Head over to Moonstone Beach to walk the boardwalk or catch a wave surfing. Outdoor adventures in Cambria include exploring the trails of the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve or visiting one of the most unique ranches in America, Covell’s California Clydesdale Ranch is home to a herd of 100 freely-roaming majestic Clydesdale horses.
Cambria is an artisan village touted for its great food – known as “Pines by the Sea”, it is 42 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch. Lodging options include oceanfront and hilltop hotels, vacation rentals and B&Bs that can be found here.
Hit the waves (or the sand) at Cayucos State Beach. With six miles of white sand beach that stretch to the famous Morro Rock, Cayucos State Beach starts in the charming seaside town of Cayucos and is one of the best in California for surfing, swimming, tidepooling, and soaking up the sun. Rebuilt in 2015, the 982-foot pier remains a favorite spot for fishing, taking in epic Pacific Coast sunsets, and even whale watching.
Cayucos is reminiscent of an early CA beach town with the wooden pier, old saloon, and several mom & pop shops and diners – located 33 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch. Lodging options include family-owned, water front hotels and vacation rentals which can be found here.
Los Osos is home to the majestic Montaña de Oro State Park. A geologist and/or naturalist’s playground filled with rugged cliffs and scenic vistas, Montaña de Oro is perfect for backpackers seeking solitude along quiet trails. Other trails include those for mountain biking and horseback riding. The peaceful area of the Morro Bay Estuary that fronts Los Osos-Baywood Park offers ideal kayaking conditions.
Los Osos and Baywood are “off the beaten path” with seaside hikes, a bayfront golf course with views of Morro Rock and is 26 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch. Lodging options include bayside hotels and unique vacation rentals that can be found here.
If you want to stay right in wine country, then Edna and Arroyo Grande valleys are where you’ll want to lay your head.For fresh water activities, visit the Lopez Lake Recreation Area, a favorite spot for adventurists, nature-lovers, and outdoor fun. Fishing, boating, and jet skiing are also popular in the lake. Adventure enthusiasts should check out Vista Lago Adventure Park where sky-high obstacle courses, a free fall platform, and three zip lines will get hearts pumping!
These sister valleys are in the heart of our southern wine region about 4 miles from the ocean. Edna Valley is 24 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch and Arroyo Grande Valley is 32 miles away. Lodging options offer a variety of vacation rentals right in among the vines and can be found here.
Avila Beach takes its independent spirit seriously. It’s hard to imagine that there’s so much to do and see in one place – outdoor enthusiasts come for the surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing off the pier and the 2.5 mile Bob Jones Trail. The town has long embraced its role as the liaison between the sea and the woodlands and between the field and the vineyard. Spend a few days here, and you’ll depart smitten with your surroundings and seduced by the sea air.
Avila Beach offers so much that you can “pick your perfect paradise” – enjoy a morning at the beach and afternoon wine or hard cider tasting. Avila Beach is 25 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch. Lodging options include amenity-laden hotels and vacation rentals that are steps from the ocean and can be found here.
Oceano provides one of the only beaches in California where it is legal to drive. The Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA) is popular with truck and dune buggy enthusiasts, which are available to rent. If driving on the beach isn’t your thing, ride horseback on the beach, try kite surfing, plan a biplane ride over the Pacific, or venture out to Oso Flaco Lake where the trail leads out to the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes.
If peaceful dunes and old town appeal are your thing then the southern end of SLO CAL stretch of Highway 1 is where you want to be. Oceano is 32 miles from Santa Margarita Ranch and Nipomo is 39 miles away. Lodging options include dune-front hotels and vacation rentals that can be found here.
Extend Your Stay
We encourage racers to come early or stay after the race to enjoy a sampling of all of the active things to do along Highway 1:
- Kayaking in San Simeon Bay or to the historic Lighthouse in Avila Beach
- Kite surfing over the Pacific at San Simeon or the Oceano Dunes
- Paragliding in Cayucos
- Biplane rides over the Oceano Dunes and Pismo Beach
- Surfing in Cambria or sand surfing at the Dunes
- Foil boarding at Lopez Lake
- Hiking the Black Swift Falls
- Riding ATVs and dune buggies at the Oceano Dunes