Reporter's Notebook

New Marathon Coming to the Central Coast

An organization focused on rehabilitating one of the oldest landmarks on the Central Coast, the Atascadero Printery Foundation (APF), will host the first Annual Tent City Marathon. The fundraising event will feature multiple running distances from a full marathon that will take participants from the Atascadero Printery into Templeton and back down to an ‘easy’ 5K run. There will also be a No Run Fun option for those who just want to participate in the festivities. There will be free race photos and a beer or cupcake waiting for the athletes at the finish line.

The event will feature live music, local food and beer and “the latest in running fitness resources” at Atascadero’s central park, Sunken Gardens. There will also be “on-course entertainment, multiple on-course aid stations, post race live music and a racers TLC tent for Post Mileage Yoga, foam roller area, and massage,” according to their website.

“It will be a great day, an opportunity to bring many people from all over together to support a great cause,” said Karen McNamara, President and founder of the APF. “We want everyone to see the Printery building as it is, but see that our community is rising up to make it beautiful and useful again. The Printery Foundation is so grateful for all the efforts of Vitality Fitness for hosting the races, and all the sponsors and volunteers. We encourage everyone to get involved!”

To register for the race, see;

To learn more about the Atascadero Printery Foundation, visit; or read SLO County Business Matters’ feature Ink and Lemonade.

By Mark A. Diaz

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