Race SLO’s Samantha Pruitt to Run and Carry American Flag in the Old Glory Relay 2017

Race SLO’s Samantha Pruitt to Run and Carry American Flag in the Old Glory Relay 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (September 20, 2017) – Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading endurance sports event producer, has announced its Founder & CEO Samantha Pruitt will run in two legs of the coast-to-coast Old Glory Relay that began in Seattle on September 11 and ends in Tampa, Fla. on Veterans Day, November 11. The 4th event edition organized by Team Red, White & Blue and presented by Microsoft includes more than 70 teams moving a single American flag covering 4,600-plus miles to honor and to raise awareness & funding for veterans as well as uniting the country during the flag’s epic journey.

Van der Groen, Van Ornum Win SLO Ultra presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com

Van der Groen, Van Ornum Win SLO Ultra presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com

Second edition hosted by HomeFed and PG&E drew more than 1,000 runners and featured four challenging trail run courses – 50 mile ultra, marathon, half-marathon and 5 mile – at pristine, private Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila Beach; post-event Race SLO Dirt Festival celebrated with live bluegrass music, beverages, food & fun; event beneficiary The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

Race SLO, Camp SLO, California Military Department Foundation Announce Inaugural Warrior Trail Run…

Race SLO, Camp SLO, California Military Department Foundation Announce Inaugural Warrior Trail Run…

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (June 5, 2017) — Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading endurance sports event producer, and the California Military Department have partnered to launch an initiative to bring Californians and their military together in an interactive, fun and engaging setting. For the occasion, the California Military Department Foundation and Race SLO are introducing the inaugural Warrior Trail Run Adventure set for Friday and Saturday, March 23- 24, 2018 at Camp San Luis Obispo military base.

A New Beginning

A New Beginning

By Rebecca Rusch, 2017 SLO MTB Ambassador. The below is an excerpt from her book Rusch to Glory.

I have never had a five-year plan, let alone an idea of where I would be in five months. In the fall of 2005, the uncertainty of the life I’d made for myself became very real. Montrail’s owner called with news that the company was being purchased by Columbia and come October, just several weeks away, they would be cleaning house and severing most of their sponsorship deals — including the one with my team. Although grateful for the warning that the blade of the guillotine was about to come crashing down, I hung up the phone speechless. Then I relayed the news to all my teammates and support staff.

Train and Race Like a Mother

Train and Race Like a Mother

By Samantha Pruitt, Founder & CEO, Race SLO

Lately I have been finding great joy and satisfaction in the fact that both athletic product companies and the outdoor athlete media pipelines have finally caught on to what has been our reality for years in the sports training-racing scene. World wide millions of women, sisters, daughters, mothers and even grandmothers have been taking the athletic world by storm! It’s been slow gradual progress since the 1972 passing of Title IX, but in the last five years of my life I have witnessed an unprecedented shift in the podium.

Reyes Rips Event Record, Lakowske Wins SLO Marathon

Reyes Rips Event Record, Lakowske Wins SLO Marathon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 30, 2017) — On a sunny, beautiful Central Coast Sunday morning at the 6th SLO Marathon, Sergio Reyes, 35, from Palmdale, Calif. and Kelsey Lakowske, 24, Davis, Calif. won the 26.2 mile races in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 42 seconds and 2:59:08, respectively; Reyes also shattered the event record. In the SLO Half Marathon, both champions, Ben Bruce, 34, Flagstaff, Ariz. and Jenny Kadavy, 34, Clayton, Calif. crushed the previous event records in 1:09:21 and 1:20:20, respectively.

SLO Marathon + Half 2017 Road Closure Alert

WHAT: Road closures for SLO Marathon + Half Marathon 2017 (new courses)

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017

WHERE: San Luis Obispo surrounding area and downtown

CONTACT: Kelly Druse, Race Director, kelly@raceslo.com

For the safety of the runners and walkers on the race course, select streets will be closed or closed to thru traffic on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 3:00am to 3:00pm. Most locations will only be impacted for specific windows of time in that range. Please allow extra time if traveling throughout town and expect minor delays on Sunday, April 30. Affected areas are detailed in printable Neighborhood Access maps with timing impacts, flow of runners, etc. at the website link below.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department, California Highway Patrol and professional traffic control staff will be at all points controlling traffic as well as allowing cross traffic where possible.

NOTE: Closed road signs will be along the route plus course marshals will be on the course to answer questions. Contact us with special requests or questions in advance at kelly@RaceSLO.com.

The new, beautiful loop courses for 2017 feature scenic tours of San Luis Obispo starting and finishing near the Madonna Inn. Runners will head out toward the beautiful Irish Hills Natural Preserve and then loop toward historic downtown San Luis Obispo to enjoy the Fremont Theatre, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building. In addition, runners will also experience the Railroad District, Islay’s Streets charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line at the Madonna Inn grounds.

For more road closure information, including zone maps, go to:

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ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondo cycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

Four Past Champions Return to SLO Marathon + Half Marathon

Four Past Champions Return to SLO Marathon + Half Marathon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 24, 2017) — The SLO Marathon + Half Marathon has announced its elite fields that include four past race champions — Maggie Yount (2016 Marathon), Van McCarty (2012 Marathon), Joe Thorne (2013 Marathon & 2014, 2016 Half Marathon) and Ben Bruce (2015 Half Marathon) plus local talent Brandon Messerly, Luke Letwin, Connor Blalock and Erin Tracht. The 6th SLO Marathon + Half event edition, an Endurance Town USA running tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 29–30.

Morris & Garritano Hosts 2017 SLO Marathon New Course Preview Run

Free training run with food, beverages, training tips & fun on Saturday morning, March 25; register today to be part of the 6th “Endurance Town USA” experience on April 29–30, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (March 21, 2017) — SLO Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K sponsor Morris & Garritano will be hosting a preview run of the new course on Saturday, March 25 from 6:30am — 12:00pm, meeting at their headquarters, 1122 Laurel Lane, San Luis Obispo. The 10 or 20 mile run is free, all levels of fitness are welcome and there will be food, beverages and training tips. The 6th event edition, a San Luis Obispo spring tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday-Sunday, April 29–30. The Central Coast’s largest running event expects to draw 4,000 participants in Endurance Town USA.

“Thanks to our team program sponsor and training run host Morris & Garritano, this is great opportunity for our local entrants to test drive the new course in a low-key, fun setting,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “In addition, post-run, the participants will enjoy some food, beverages and camaraderie as well as training tips as they gear up for our upcoming 6th edition.”

Morris & Garritano, the leader in corporate wellness, personal and business insurance initiatives, also invites and challenges companies to create teams for the 2017 SLO Marathon + Half. The teams deadline, including special pricing and custom team shirts, is Sunday, April 2.

Morris & Garritano Course Preview Run event invite & check-in Facebook page HERE.

For more event information or to register for the 6th event edition, go to: www.slomarathon.com

ABOUT RACE SLO
Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondo cycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

Race SLO & Eroica California to Co-Sponsor Double Feature at the 23rd SLO International Film…

Race SLO & Eroica California to Co-Sponsor Double Feature at the 23rd SLO International Film Festival

Thursday, March 16 event to showcase two inspiring documentaries Marinoni: The Fire In The Frame and Diamond To The Rough

Eroica California and Race SLO are pleased to announce a joint sponsorship of the Marinoni: The Fire In The Frame and Diamond To The Rough double-feature during the 23rd Annual SLO International Film Festival that runs from March 14–19. Both films will be shown on Thursday, March 16th at 7:00pm at Mission Cinemas in downtown San Luis Obispo and add a sporting element to the six-day festival’s film lineup, going hand-in-hand with the events Eroica California and Race SLO promote on the Central Coast.

“For Race SLO, the SLO Film Festival has become a wonderful annual tradition, and with Eroica California, we look forward to presenting this unique and inspiring double feature to the local community and festival attendees,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “These two documentaries speak and relate directly to our Endurance Town USA community and culture.”

Marinoni: The Fire In The Frame (Canada, 87 minutes) which will also be showing as part of the Eroica California Festival on Saturday, April 8, spotlights the life of Italian Giuseppe Marinoni, who after an accomplished racing career turned to frame building where he made a name for himself with masterfully crafted lugged steel frames. The film chronicles how his craft damaged his health, and when at the age of 75, Marinoni decided to take on the world hour record for his age group, riding a bike he built almost 40 years earlier.

Diamond To The Rough (USA, 42 minutes) is a documentary film that follows the journey of former MLB player, Eric Byrnes from the baseball diamond to the rough trails of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. The Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run is known as the most gruelling ultra running event on the calendar. After 11 seasons in professional baseball Eric found his next calling, and that was as an ultra endurance runner.

For more information on the SLO Film Festival and to order tickets ($12 general admission / $10 students & Film Society), go to: www.slofilmfest.org

ABOUT RACE SLO
Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondo cycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

Race SLO’s Grizzly Run Club Receives National Recognition by Running USA

$10,000 grant award for youth program presented at Running USA 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (February 27, 2017) — At the Running USA 2017 Conference in Orlando, Fla., Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading endurance sports event producer, was presented the Running USA Youth Program Award on stage during the Hall of Champions Awards Dinner on Sunday, February 26.

Race SLO’s Grizzly Run Club was recognized by Running USA, a leading industry organization, for its impactful community training program that was launched in August 2012 in partnership with the Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA), a local residential high school program for at-risk teenage students. To-date, 434 cadet students have successfully completed their first half-marathon and 537 have also finished a 10K race as part of the Grizzly Run Club’s success.

“We are so honored and deeply grateful to be recognized by our industry peers and receive the national youth program award and its accompanying $10,000 grant,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “In all Race SLO’s contributions to our community, I am most proud of our Grizzly Run Club. Teaching these underprivileged teenagers to embrace the athlete’s life of discipline, focused work and rewards changes their lives forever. This grant allows us to further our company mission and legacy by providing running gear for our cadets as well as support our Run Club’s alumni after they graduate.”

The Running USA Youth Program Award provides a $10,000 grant to one national youth program each year at the Running USA conference. The annual award goes to the program that best advocates the benefits of youth running, collaborates to combat obesity and supports family & youth health initiatives.

Race SLO CEO, Samantha Pruitt, with the 2016 Running USA Youth Program Award.

Past Running USA Youth Program Award winner: 2015, Kids of STEEL, P3R, Pittsburgh, PA

For more GYA information, go to: grizzlyyouthacademy.org

ABOUT RACE SLO
Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondocycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.