California Warrior: Morgan Boyd

California Warrior: Morgan Boyd

Morgan Boyd grew up on Pepper Creek Family Farm and joined the military just before 9/11 with no interest in taking over the family’s 15 acre farm. Since, they have teamed up with FVC to establish a 12 week VA recognized program at Cal Poly to train people to be prepared to go from “soil to sale” in “small scale family agriculture”.

Become a #CaliforniaWarrior at the California Warrior Experience hosted by the California Military Department Foundation and produced by Race SLO on March 24, 2018. We'd also love to hear your #CaliforniaWarrior story - submit it today at https://www.californiawarrior.org/welcome.

SLO Ultra to Host 2018 RRCA California State Trail Marathon Championship

Third annual event set for Saturday, September 1; register today for all race distances at sloultra.com!

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (January 11, 2018) – The SLO Ultra, produced by the Central Coast’s endurance sports leader Race SLO, has been selected by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) to host the 2018 RRCA California State Trail Marathon Championship on Saturday, September 1. The 3rd annual SLO Ultra Trail Race & Mountain Bike Race, scheduled for September 1-2, 2018, will be held in conjunction with the 6th annual US Trail Running Conference, sponsored by The City of San Luis Obispo, from August 29-31.

“We are honored to have our SLO Ultra Trail Race be chosen by the prestigious Road Runners Club of America as their 2018 state trail championship! Without a doubt, this statewide race championship is the cherry on top of our week long SLO Ultra sundae full of events. We have truly created the most engaging 6-day endurance sports showcase ever for the Central Coast. We are gearing up to host thousands of trail loving runners, mountain bikers, industry professionals and now elite athletes in our beloved Endurance Town USA!,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO.

The RRCA Championship Event Series, ranging from the mile to ultra distance as well as cross country races, are the largest grassroots organized running race series in the United States, annually attracting more than 320,000 runners. Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events at the National, Regional and State level to outstanding RRCA member clubs and quality events to promote the sport of distance running.

For more information or to register for the 2018 event, go to: sloultra.com

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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 endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience (Spring 2018), 7th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races & Mountain Bike Race (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits.

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.

My New Year’s REVolution

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On both my Summer time birthday and then again at my end of year Winter Solstice I like to hit pause and breathe deep. These biannual gifts of time and space that I give to myself create slack. This invaluable slack allows for honest personal reflection, followed by goal & strategy setting, and these actions are literally the right and left legs that run my personal growth race. Truth be told, in my thirties (after I transformed my shitty life and broken body), I actually hosted social parties forcing myself and those I hung out with to do this process with me (just ask any of my badass friends how painfully fun this party game was). #cardsFORhumanity

So preparing for the close of this last UNgreat year, I felt a heavy sense of pain from both my own fair share of trials and from bearing witness to many of the people I love, our community and in fact our entire nation really struggling. To break through this funk I decided that this New Year I wanted to embark on a personal REVolution, instead of setting the traditional New Year RESolutions. To me, the annual New Year’s resolutions we all make generally tend to be 1) out comes of a lot of negative self-talk 2) dressed up with a lot of publicly vowed words but 3) not necessarily followed up by the right choices or consistent actions. In fact, statistics show most peoples resolutions have fail by Valentine's (Love) Day, how ironic. Where’s the self-love and commitment people? I am a person of action and though I don't always succeed, I damn well go for it! Actually, we are all “Action Heros” in our own life story.  

After many hours of crazy making internal dialogue and many more hours of writing down my laundry list of goals and desires for change I decided to simply get REAL. To truly create desired and permanent change I needed to really simplify and create a easy to follow daily plan of action. Overly emotional chatter and overly complex lists just breed excuses. After all, dream lives aren’t created with words on paper resolving to act. True REVolutions come from within, out of the depths of your soul. REVolutions are not petty or ego based. They are deeply personal and once released, are unstoppable. Fully embraced REVolutions spread into all areas of your body, your life, your circle of influence and your community. Here are my four easy to follow 2018 REVolution action steps. They are crystal clear daily choices that reflect my values and will undoubtedly guide the physical body and mental health I truly desire.  

  1. Choose Simplicity: in both big and small decisions, just keep it simple.   
  2. Choose Health: all input to & output from my body must support health.  
  3. Choose Adventure: seek and explore new places & new experiences.
  4. Choose Your 5 Wisely: our personal development, character and actions are deeply influenced by the five people we spend the most time with. Steer away from the unproductive negative and move toward empowering positive. Surround yourself with people who make YOU a better person. 

(Watch all 4 Video Segments in the carousel below)

Now let’s explore your 2018 REVOLUTION. Are you ready to move beyond the temporary resolution mind set? I want you to join me. I believe in you and in your power to dig DEEPER and go BIGGER. Together we are stronger, held accountable and inspired. Fuel this fresh year with simple action. In fact, become your own life’s “Action Hero.” Lord, knows the world needs you.

 

Daring Greatly Together,

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Samantha Pruitt

RaceSLO Founder/CEO

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The Big Gulp

The Big Gulp

New Year’s is a great time to set goals. There’s a collective energy in the air, as everyone looks ahead, and we feed off each other’s dreams.

It’s a good time to tackle a goal that scares you a little, say the experts in human motivation; it’s how we grow. If the goal doesn’t intimidate you, it’s not pushing you out of your nest.

So I’ve picked a goal that scares me a lot.  Gulp. 

Sandra Villines’ North American Transcontinental World Record

By Sheryl Collmer, Race SLO Staff, Ultrarunning.com

Confucius say: “Man who moves mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

The mountain Sandra Villines moved was the female world record for the North American transcontinental run. That record had been immovably standing since 1978, when South African Mavis Hutchinson ran from Los Angeles to New York City in 69 days.

Other challenges have been made, but have either been incomplete or lacking some component required by Guinness World Record staff. Though it will be some months before Guinness definitively accepts Sandy’s record, an online community of running detectives at LetsRun.com has already been dissecting Sandy’s data.

There were murmurs before Sandra’s run that she wouldn’t make it, that she wasn’t a sufficient caliber of runner, but the post-run chatter seems respectful, implying that the online sleuths have not found anything out of order.

In fact, Sandy’s team of two was constantly aware of doing everything by the book. From redundant Garmin watches to the Inreach tracker, witness statements, photos and videos, crew chief / CPA Jay Lee made sure that the run was documented in copious detail.

What is perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Sandy’s run is her utter ordinariness. As one LetsRun.com user observed (before Sandy proved him wrong), “You just can’t compare Sandra with a world class runner like Pete Kostelnick,” the men’s Transcon record holder.

Exactly. Sandy works a regular job as a district manager at Walgreen’s, has no hefty corporate sponsors that allow her to train full time and scored no big wins at prominent races until Badwater just this year. Like many runners, she began overweight, but once committed, set goals and methodically ticked the boxes: half marathon, marathon, ultra, ultra in the desert, ultra across the country… she’s not sure what comes next.

Day 38, Iowa. Cruising alone through the sunset after a pleasant day running with the Camachi Cross Country team. Photo: Jay Lee.

Day 38, Iowa. Cruising alone through the sunset after a pleasant day running with the Camachi Cross Country team. Photo: Jay Lee.

Imagine the face of her doctor when she went in for a physical after finishing the Transcon: “You’ve been doing WHAT for the last two months?” Amazingly, she is in fine shape, except an indefinable “skeletal ache,” a warning to not get back to running just yet. Her only other symptom is road nightmares, waking up feverish that she should be out on the road, clocking off more miles.

Sandra is humble, unaccustomed to talking about herself. Thus her world record-breaking Transcon risks slipping through the media cracks, for lack of anyone tooting the horn.

That would be a shame. If ever young people needed to believe in themselves, to set and achieve their goals, to forge ahead even when the tongues of the doubting nabobs wag… it’s now.

And that is precisely what Sandra had in mind. She believes that young people, especially, need to know that their dreams are not silly, that hard work produces results. Sandy speaks of patience as a necessary virtue, the acceptance of the small steps that add up to something huge. In the digital age of two second attention spans, she is modelling something rare, especially for kids: the acceptance of a long journey to reach a goal.

Continue reading at: ultrarunning.com

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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 event line-up includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience (Spring 2018), 7th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races & Mountain Bike Race (late Summer 2018) and recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events year-round to both raise awareness for health & fitness and funds for local nonprofits.

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!

Race SLO Days of Giving

By Race SLO

We can't wait to host you at one of our 2018 Race SLO events! For the second year in a row as a thank you to our Tribe and to celebrate the spirit of outdoor play we're launching exclusive discounts to our followers on social media beginning Thanksgiving morning.

Already signed up? Woohoo! Make sure to share the love with friends and family. 

Celebrate five days of deep discounts and giveaways from us to YOU and all of your loved ones. Thank you for being a part of our Race SLO community and we look forward to seeing you out on the roads and trails!

Unwrap These Deals Every Morning!

  • Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving): Join our Race SLO family and burn calories at our table in 2018. We'll be unwrapping five (5) 50% discount codes.

  • Friday, November 24 (#OptOutside): Opt-Outside this Black Friday and enjoy 24% off all races on the 24th only!

  • Saturday, November 25 (Small Biz Saturday): We may be a small business but we have a HUGE Heart! Unwrap ten (10) 40% discounts.

  • Monday, November 27 (Cyber Monday): No matter where you are in Cyberspace right now we are ONE on race day! Unwrap fifteen (15) 30% discounts.

  • Tuesday, November 28 (Giving Tuesday): Check-in for a Photo Contest Giveaway as well as 15% all day on Giving Tuesday.

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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 event line-up includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience (Spring 2018), 7th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races & Mountain Bike Race (late Summer 2018) and recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events year-round to both raise awareness for health & fitness and funds for local nonprofits.

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!

SLO Ultra Dirt Festival: Public Lands and Iconic Females

SLO Ultra Dirt Festival: Public Lands and Iconic Females

Race SLO #EnduranceTownUSA features articles from our Tribe throughout the year to inspire and motivate you to reach your finish line. Dani Moreno is a professional trail runner from Santa Barbara, CA and recently not only represented the USA at the Mountain Running World Championships, but also won the 2017 SLO Ultra Half Marathon. Below is Dani's recap of the event. Register today for the 2018 SLO Ultra + SLO MTB Dirt Festival on September 1-2, 2018.