Choose Adventure

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May 8 thru 14th was a grand adventure! Just what the doctor ordered. A spirit refill of wild leaps down the path of my New Year's resolution to “choose adventure.” This quest to fill my adventure deficit actually started in December when I wrote down “choose adventure” as one of my five New Year's resolutions. Once in ink and consciously committed to taking on more adventures this year, my mind shifted open to begin seeking out opportunities. I was on the prowl for things that would flex my adventurous muscles that had sadly atrophied over prior year.

Not only with my fitness training and racing, but in my work life as well, I wanted to seek this adventure shift. Intentionally then, one of the business people I reached out to was a fellow female adventure race director, unknown to me but deeply respected, Maria Burton of Primal Quest. In fact, I regularly connect to other women endurance sport race directors and over a year ago founded WCRED - the Women’s Collaboration of Race & Event Directors. We share best practices as well as friendship in a very male centered industry. I had heard Maria’s story on a podcast and chased her down to simply give her kudos on bringing back such an iconic world class race, as well as invite her to join the WCRED sisterhood.

Maria and I became fast friends. We are like minded, powered by the sun, adventure seeking women of leadership using endurance sports to change lives. Surprisingly we also happen to be the same exact age and share the love of both coffee and daily mega doses of humor.

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Fast forward - just a week after our SLO Marathon & Half race production - to 8am on May 8th and find me in my car driving 4 hours to Northern California. There I jump on a plane with my 40lb duffel on my back full of outdoor adventure gear and food. Maria is waiting for me in Vancouver where we will meet face to face for the first time, after months of calls and emails. She bravely has hired me to join her Primal Quest Expedition Adventure Race production team and our week ahead together is jam packed with team meetings, scouting and logistical planning in British Columbia. Right up the adventure alley!

At 2pm that day I board the Delta Airlines plane to Seattle. At 5pm I attempt to board my next flight to Vancouver - only to find my passport has gone missing. #WTF! I’m on the floor with my backpack contents strewn all over like a 5-year-old kid with their LEGOs. The Delta rep talks me off the ledge as I see my plane pull out of the gate without me. Four more-than-gracious Delta reps, six phone calls, and two hours later I am back on a plane but instead headed backwards to San Jose to retrace my steps. Sure enough I hug the TSA employee as she hands me back my identity that had apparently just been sitting on the put-back-on-your-shoes bench all morning. I guess no one wanted to be me for the day?

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Now 9:45pm, I go back to the Delta counter where Hung greets me with a huge smile. They close in 15 minutes! He has to locate, then bring me my bag, get approval from his manager to NOT charge me for a completely new ticket, rebook me on the next flight out in the morning and most importantly not make me feel like an idiot. He and his Delta teammates do all that and more. Of course I invited them all to @raceslo where they will be our guests and run the SLO Ultra this September! #customerservicerewards

At 11:15pm, exhausted and lugging my beastly duffel around, I board the airport shuttle back to my car (aka 4-wheel hotel for the night) and set my alarm for 4:30am. Wild hair pajama party look, I catch my 6am do-over flight up to Canada. San Jose, Seattle to Vancouver with golden passport in hand. Across the finish line of leg one after 4 planes, 4 car-shuttle rides, half a dozen new friends made and 28 adventurous hours later, I am face to face with #LadyBoss Maria. I hit transition smiling and changed up for the second part of the expedition.

The next six epic days we were on our own private adventure race, both working and laughing our asses off. Covering hundreds of miles by car, boat, foot, rope and bikes. Logging countless hours on the laptop, phone and in strategy meetings with our Primal Quest production team mates. Consuming massive amounts of caffeine and snacks. With ‘No time to explain.....get in the van!’ Then on the 7th day together we sat in peaceful satisfaction, hot coffees in hand and hit the record button. Finally, our chance to share Maria’s personal story on our new Endurance Town USA podcast, the Faces Behind the Races miniseries. This @raceslo podcast passion project finally allows me to truthfully tell the beautiful stories of my fellow race directors around the globe. Humans who I have not only come to respect but deeply cherish. Not unlike my prior ETUSA podcast interviews, we spend the next 75 minutes peeling back the layers and exploring her WHY behind living the race director's path. It was the perfect final leg of our week long race together. We laugh, we cry and we dig deep into the earth of truth.

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I type this now as I’m being hurled back home through space, peering down on the clouds and North American landscape below. Me towards California and Maria on her ride over Canada. Oddly enough I am not tired nor overwhelmed from the months worth of information, experience and work we distilled into a week. I am instead only wiser, stronger and hungrier for more adventure. I close my eyes and welcome day dreams full of more human connections and adventures ahead. Knowing that like everything else in life, it all begins with one conscious choice.

#ChooseAdventure
Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Ashley McComb

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

How running set me free: the magic in the misery. 

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” —George Sheehan

My heart beats fast,

Each step a gong ringing in an ivory temple.

One by one, my strides lift my body into moments of weightlessness. The in-between that feels more elongated as the miles accumulate: timelessness. 

I run to feel alive, 

I run to escape the pain of living fully,

I run to feel as the birds do in flight above raging seas or an ocean made of glass pink sunsets. 

The feeling is indescribable: my pulse in rhythm with my breath, and blood infusing with oxygen like the roots of a tree in a spiraling interwoven masterpiece. 

These are the moments I feel the untamed freedom of aloneness. 

Nothing between me and the fire of my thoughts: or the gentle wind of my run-dream hallucinations. 

The world is at my fingertips, 

I am strong and fiercely unstoppable.

My running body knows no end, nor does it even remember a beginning. Present fully in the here and now, and this is the only subtle glimpse of this very moment I will ever experience. 

Rewind to the beginning: running changed my life. 

I started running what I thought was only a few miles with my dearest and most cherished friend. She was the greatest four-legged companion who loved more unconditionally than any being I have ever encountered. She and I would explore the seemingly endless beige battered trails — freedom, both of us unleashed: our tiny frames felt limitless. I was young, and feeling broken, but these moments running wild on the trails of Santiago canyon set my heart on fire. 

Later I found that our beloved daily run on the streets of Mission Viejo was far more than just a few miles. My darling husky-mut and I were running nine-miles in just under an hour and a half, thinking I was traveling at snails pace for a three-mile jaunt. When the veil of the distance unraveled from my eyes, I did not realize that from that moment on, my life had completely changed: I would run forever and running would save me. 

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Needless to say, it did. I ran and ran. Months and years accumulated, and I ran nearly every day religiously. Not because I had to, because it was my only taste of freedom and over-flowing white light: I had something to look forward to, even when the moments of stress and darkness enveloped me. On those rare occasions of needing to skip a run, my body longs for its daily kiss with freedom. 

Some days I run a mile or two, other days 30 or more. In the misery of the moments beholding 10 miles times three, four, or five, my body becomes one with my soul. Or perhaps it is better to say that my soul seems to transcend my body. 

There is magic in the misery: carbon consciousness holds no power over the transcendental runners-high. I run with a hunger to feel more alive, and those moments in steady stride remind me how precious life is. What a wild and rare gift it is to even exist.

Ashley McComb

Yosemite National Park


REGISTRATION FOR SLO ULTRA NOW OPEN. On September 1, 2018, join us for an epic day of trail running, live music, BBQ and more! Pick your race - 50-mile ultra race, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Marathon State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon or a 5K run. Racers can register HERE.

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

SUNDOG RUNNING OFFICIAL COACHING PARTNERS OF THE 2018 SLO ULTRA

Emily Harrison Torrence and Ian Torrence, professional ultra runners, Stagecoach Line 100 Race Directors and Sundog Running coaching founders, are partnering with Race SLO to offer personal coaching and training plans for all levels preparing to race the September 1st SLO Ultra race.

Emily entered her first ultramarathon in 2012 and placed second in the prestigious JFK 50 Mile. She holds the second fastest North American Road 50k time of 3:15, and won a 50k World Championship in Qatar. Ian finished more than 200 ultras, 27 of which were 100-mile races. In all, Ian has won 53 ultramarathons.

“At Sundog Running, we believe in the training fitting the athlete, not the other way around, which is why every plan is customized for each individual,” said Emily Torrence. “Personal coaching is a hands on approach to training with weekly or unlimited communication between coach and athlete. Training plans are more hands off. We build your plan in its entirety and send you on your way. We are thrilled to head to San Luis Obispo this fall and take part in the event and US Trail Running Conference.”

Moving to a new location at El Chorro Regional Park & Dairy Creek Event Center, the third annual SLO Ultra Trail event, scheduled for Saturday September 1, offers a 50-mile ultra race, Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Marathon State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon and a 5K run. A new kids race will also take place within Dairy Creek Golf Course.

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Photo by Luis Escobar

“Emily has been my own personal ultra running coach for years. Her and Ian are top notch so Race SLO is stoked to have them join our team of Ambassadors and Coaches for our athlete customers. They can help any level athlete achieve solid results and having them here at the race and conference in person proves the next level of their commitment to Race SLO and our athletes’ success.” said Samantha Pruitt  

All levels are welcome to run or hike private trails that connect El Chorro Regional Park, Cal Poly SLO, the Miossi Ranch and Camp SLO. At the life changing finish line, participants and spectators will enjoy live music, athlete recovery lounge, hot BBQ and cold Lagunitas brew. The festival is open to the public and free, parking is $5 in the park or at Cuesta College. Camping is also available through SLO County Parks at El Chorro Regional Park on a first-come-first-serve basis by calling (805) 781-5930 and selecting Option 4.

The 3rd annual SLO Ultra benefits the Land Conservancy of SLO County and the SLO County Parks Department.

The SLO Ultra will be held in conjunction with the sixth annual US Trail Running Conference, sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo and Race Roster on August 29-31. The first two days of the conference focus on industry professionals, with a full expo featuring education and brands specifically for race directors. On Friday, August 31, the content is dedicated to trail runners and coaches by offering clinics with professional athletes, including Emily and Ian Torrence, Krissy Moehl and more.

For more information and to register, please visit sloultra.com.

 

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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.


 

2018 SLO Half Marathon with Race SLO Ambassador John Luoma

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together. (Psst - in this post also included a link to early bird registration for 2019 SLO Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays & 5K! Offer ends on May 6 and you don't want to miss it.)

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   Race SLO Community Ambassador John Luoma

This year as I prepared to return to run the SLO Half Marathon for the third time, I reflected a bit on competition. We often think of competition as being adversarial, to compete against one another. A few years ago, a mentor of mine shared the origins of the word ‘compete’ with me and it really stuck with me. It comes from the latin competere’ which means ‘to strive together.’ There is something compelling and empowering about this kind of competition, and I have experienced it most clearly through races. My preparation and participation in the SLO Half Marathon this year were a clear picture of this ‘striving together.’

I hadn’t run consistently since my last half marathon in 2015, and when I became a Race SLO ambassador, it was part of a resolve to reestablish the healthy habits and routines required to train for the race. My goal was to PR, which meant beating my time from the last time I ran the SLO half marathon in 2013. As a grad student with an infant son at home, the road back to race shape was a steep one, which required sacrifice not just from me but from my wife. She very much partnered with me in my training, carving out time and space for my long runs, encouraging me to eat healthy and stay the course.

On race weekend, old friends came alongside me to ‘strive together’ towards my goal. My upstairs neighbor in San Francisco gave me a slick new haircut (look good, feel good, do good.) A former pastor of ours from Calvary SLO allowed us to stay at their AirBNB unit in Grover Beach. Some good friends cooked us a great pre-race meal, allowed me to borrow their car to get to the starting line in time and sent me along with a sandwich and bar for my early morning nutrition. My wife showed up to cheer me along on the course. My good friend (who helped train the Grizzly Academy team) shouted encouragements when we ran past each other. The pacers I ran most of the race with helped coach those of us in the pace group through the hills and wind, helping us reach our best effort. And I had the honor of striving together with all the other runners participating in the race that day. The good vibes were downright tangible.

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Photo credit Luis Escobar

The result? I ran with the pace group that would have seen me beat my previous time by almost two minutes. At around 11 miles, I realized I had started out too fast and had no gas left in the tank. The pacers encouraged me to power through it, and helped me hang on with the pace group for another half mile or so before I dropped back a little bit. I ran the last mile and a half at a much slower pace, still pushing as hard as I could. I got a fresh burst for the homestretch and bolted across the finish line, content just to finish. Then I realized that I had still beat my previous time…by a matter of six and a half seconds. With a margin so slim, I am confident that I wouldn’t have beat my time without the support of each of the friends and family I mentioned above (and more I failed to mention). I mean we’re talking about less than a half second per mile pace differential. The thing I love about this vision of competition is that it has more to do with community than contention. And we’re better for it.

I’m already looking forward to next year. Will you sign up for 2019 and strive together with me?


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION for the 8th Annual SLO Marathon + Half + Relay Races is now open. Racers can register HERE. Early bird pricing runs through May 6, with half marathon as little as $55 and full marathon $75. 5K and relay races registration is also available.

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

MORE THAN 3,500 PARTICIPATE IN 7th ANNUAL SLO MARATHON, HALF & RELAY RACE WEEKEND

The 7th annual SLO Marathon + Half & Relays presented by Pacific Premier Bank, and Race SLO 5K and Kids races presented by Idler's Home, attracted over 3,500 runners from 38 states and 7 countries. Starting and finishing at the landmark Madonna Inn Meadows, racers were cheered by 1,000 local volunteers and staff. Spectators and supporters were entertained by live music, vendors and exhibitors, free family yoga by lululemon, activities for children, hot BBQ, cold Lagunitas brew and more. The event benefited Jack’s Helping Hand, Grizzly Youth Academy and Team Red, White and Blue.

Phillip Reid of San Luis Obispo was the first man to cross the half marathon finish line, setting a new course record of 1:07:29. Kara Thorne of Grover Beach was the first woman to finish the half marathon with a time of 1:22:30.

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Kara Thorne of Grover Beach

In the full marathon, Landon Woollard of San Luis Obispo placed first with a time of 2:40:40, and Lindsey Arrillaga of San Luis Obispo was the winner among the women with a time of 3:13:54.

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Lindsey Arrillaga of San Luis Obispo

Robyn Schmidt of Atascadero was the first woman inducted into the annual SLO Marathon Hall of Fame. Race SLO also honored the 70 legacy runners who have participated in SLO Marathon + Half event each year since its inception with a special gift bag.

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“Our Race SLO team and the City of San Luis Obispo was thrilled to host another first class event, once again putting our beloved town on the map nationally as an endurance sports playground. We launched our new Endurance Town USA podcast this weekend, and together with 48 hours of activities for all truly blew the roof off this year’s event,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder and CEO.



Early bird registration for the 8th Annual SLO Marathon + Half + Relay Races is now open. Racers can register HERE. Early bird pricing runs through May 6, with half marathon as little as $55 and full marathon $75. 5K and relay races registration is also available.

Fast Facts:

  • Entrants: 3,500-plus overall (500 Marathon, 2,300 plus Half-Marathon, 130-plus relay competitors and 700 5K and kids races)
  • 1,000 local volunteers and staff
  • 30 event sponsors
  • 7 countries (including the U.S.) and 38 states represented
  • 3 event beneficiaries – Jack's Helping Hand, Grizzly Youth Academy, Team Red, White & Blue
  • 1 Inductee into the SLO Marathon Hall of Fame – Robyn Schmidt
  • 60.3% Female, 39.7% Male
  • Average age 36.5
  • Oldest participant: Giovanna Schaefer, 83, Grover Beach, CA

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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

SAN LUIS OBISPO MARATHON, HALF MARATHON & RELAY RACE ROAD CLOSURES NEXT SUNDAY

Numerous road closures are scheduled for Sunday, April 29, as 3,000 people achieve 26.2 or 13.1 miles on foot in the San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon & Relays, presented by Pacific Premier Bank. The seventh annual race starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday at Madonna Inn, taking runners and walkers on a course through downtown San Luis Obispo and into Edna Valley.

Several streets will be closed to thru traffic from 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to ensure athletes’ safety. Most road closures around downtown start about 4 a.m., with many reopening again to traffic by 8:30-9:30 a.m. Exceptions include Islay, High and Archer Streets: Portions of those streets will be closed from 4 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Marsh Street on- and off-ramps at Highway 101 will be closed from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“No parking” signs will be posted on the course, and vehicles will be towed if left inside the road closure. California Highway Patrol officers, San Luis Obispo Police Department officers, Professional Traffic Control Personnel and safety course marshals will be at affected intersections to ensure safety and provide motorists information. Please use caution and slow speeds while driving in and around the course. For a full schedule of road closures, visi ww.slomarathon.com/the-races/road-closure.

The SLO Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays Sunday & 5K and Kids races Saturday are organized by a professional team and 1,000 volunteers. The Race SLO Festival at Madonna Inn, April 28 and 29, is free to the community and includes live music, yoga, vendors and food. Annually, Race SLO endurance sporting events deliver more than a $4 million countywide economic impact with thousands of athletes coming from all over the USA. In their ten years as a local business, Race SLO has additionally raised and donated funds of over half a million dollars to non-profit programs that foster health and fitness.

“e are dedicated to providing our athletes the most memorable SLO experience at our events. Equally, we are passionate about giving back to our community because we know it takes the whole community to produce this event and we want our town healthy!” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder and CEO.

Beneficiaries of 2018 SLO Marathon includ ack's Helping Han, providing assistance and programs to children with cancer and special needs; izzly Youth Academ, intervening in the lives of 16-18 year old dropouts, producing program graduates with the values, life skills, education, and self-discipline necessary to succeed as productive citizens; an eam Red, White and Blu, enriching the lives of America’s veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Race SLO Pro Ambassador: Jordan Hasay

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

We are one week away from the SLO Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay presented by Pacific Premier Bank, (plus 5K and family fitness day presented by Idler's Home, and have we mentioned weekend-long Race SLO Festival with cold Lagunitas brew, hot BBQ, live music and vendors?) and we are excited for you to meet our ambassador Jordan Hasay! Jordan will be at the SLO Race Festival ready to answer your questions on Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and 29, at 2 p.m. in the lululemon's athlete recovery lounge - don't miss it!

Jordan started running in elementary school, and she quickly gained acclaim around the nation as the fast young girl with the long blond ponytail. As a high school runner in California, she competed at the 2008 Olympic Trials at 1500 meters and was named the 2008 Girls High School Athlete of the Year by Track & Field News. Running for the University of Oregon, Hasay recorded nine top-three finishes at the NCAA track & field championships. After graduating, she joined Alberto Salazar’s Nike Oregon Project and qualified for her first senior world team in the 10,000m. Hasay began to focus on road racing in 2016. In April 2017, her performance in two races catapulted her to the top of U.S. running. First, on April 1, she ran 1:07:55 at the Prague Half Marathon to become the third fastest American woman in history at the distance. That race was a tune-up for the 2017 Boston Marathon, Hasay’s debut at the distance, where she finished third in 2:23:00, the fastest marathon debut by an American woman by almost three minutes. On October 8, 2017, Hasay placed third in the Chicago Marathon, setting a course record and becoming the fastest American woman to finish the race with a time of 2:20:57.

In this video, Jordan talks about what inspires and motivates her. "I want people to be inspired by the performance. Be inspired by using their gift."

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

Race SLO Pro Ambassadors: Stephanie and Ben Bruce

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

In 2015, the Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite runner Stephanie Bruce won the SLO Half Marathon, racing while 5 months pregnant with her second child. Her husband, also a professional for NAZ Elite, won the men's race that same year (and again in 2017).

This year, Bruces are returning to Endurance Town USA for the SLO's largest running festival, the SLO Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays & 5K, April 28-29, 2018.

After becoming a mother of two boys, Stephanie returned to racing in 2016. She talked to Arizona Daily Sun about the experience.

At first, the "mom" years of her career did not sit well with her; she felt like there was an asterisk placed with her achievements that marked the post-children years. Now she's come to embrace the new era, to feed of the many sacrifices she has to make in order to be a professional runner.

“If I am going to leave my kids and go race, when it gets really painful on in the race, it’s like, ‘Well, you left your kids,’ so there is this part of me that is able to change my thinking, and I am able to go to like a deeper, darker place than maybe before I had kids,” Bruce said. (You can read the rest of the article in Arizona Daily Sun.)

As to how Bruces keep up with parenthood, training and coaching, here is a sneak peek into their day with toddlers. You can find out more on their website Running With the Bruces.

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Stephan Cugnier

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

In 2010, I decided to quit my job in France.

I had been working for ten years as the editor in chief of an important newspaper and my life was absorbed by my work. I even slept once a week in my office and spent too little time with my family. I wanted to see my kids growing and be more supportive of my wife’s career, so I made a radical decision. I was 39 and found myself at home 24 hours a day.

I enjoyed my first months as a house dad, but I also felt that I needed something else. I was very competitive in my work, so I was looking for something with a bit of a challenge. I’ve always been in love with sports, playing basketball in my younger years at a semi-professional level, then playing tennis for quite some time.

I was living 10 miles from Paris, near an empty field and a forest, so I started to run. At first, I was pathetic. I wasn’t able to do more than 3 kilometers (less than 2 miles) in 20 minutes. I was totally red, huffing and puffing, and my body was so sore the days after that I considered quitting to do something else.

But I have my pride, so I trained more, and quickly made some progress. I joined an amateur running group with some friends and neighbors, and I was hooked.

Six months later, I moved to Santa Barbara. The perfect weather conditions allowed me to run more often, but without any training plan or watch to keep track of the time and distance. I wanted to listen to my body and find my own natural pace.

Finally, two years after my first awful workout, I signed up for a 10K in April 2012. I managed to cross the finish line in 47 minutes. Not a great time, but it made me realize that I was able to do more. And I did.

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Since that first race, I ran more than forty of them, in Europe and in the United States, every distance: mile, 3K, 5K, 4 miles, 10 miles, half-marathon. I had some good results and some bad ones. I made some mistakes along the way, then struggled with a plantar fasciitis for eight months at the beginning of 2014. But I’m still running.

I also had the chance to meet some great people, some fantastic runners and the “camaraderie” is something I have never experienced in other sports. That’s what makes running so special – I don’t “fight” the other runners, I admire them and I’m inspired by their performances.

So far, my greatest satisfaction was when I officially became a marathoner. It was on May 1st, in San Luis Obispo. Even if my time wasn’t great, I enjoyed every minute of it. The course was gorgeous, the volunteers amazing and the organization more than great. I cannot wait to do it again, this time with the secret goal (not so secret anymore!) to get my BQ.

Running is now a big part of my life. I can’t describe how good it is to put my running shoes on every day. I’m not a great runner, but I enjoy the feeling and the experience, even on a bad day or a bad workout. Moreover, I love to compete… against myself. I don’t run to be better than anyone. I run to be a better me.

Favorites races: SLO Marathon and “Paris-Versailles 10 Miler” in France (you start under the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the finish line is in front of the Palace of Versailles! http://www.parisversailles.com/site/en/)

Stephan Cugnier

Santa Barbara, CA

 

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Michelle Serna-Garcia

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

My story is for you, the basic everyday woman, the mom, the career woman, the wife.

I grew up on the rough side of town, I didn't play school sports, I only rolled around with the neighborhood kids. Playing sports wasn't something kids like me got into.

I didn't grow up running school track or cross country, matter of fact we rode our bikes everywhere so running was quite frankly a dumb idea if you had a set of wheels.

As a matter of fact I grew up fast and I married young. We had 2 kids and by the Grace of God we are still married and my children are becoming these amazing young adults. Our goal was to give them the childhood, the life we never had, to teach them to be more than we ever were.

I never knew how to be healthy or live a healthy, active lifestyle, It wasn’t taught to me nor was it important. Raising kids, working and trying to hold my marriage together was what my life revolved around. By the time I realized it, I allowed myself to gain so much weight and I found myself very unhappy.

It wasn't until adulthood that I picked up the running bug.

My 32nd year of life was a rough year, I experienced loss, heartbreak, I was at a low point and lost faith in a lot of things. I began to question what my purpose was.

I spent a lot of my days reading & watching about how others have succeeded in life, how they overcame obstacles and survived hard life challenges. I sat and watched and thought my problems/ my struggles are not important enough & that someone else always had it worse. Therefore, I settled and accepted what I thought life should be like for someone like me.

When my brain was scattered as such, I would walk. I would go for 10-15 minutes each day which eventually became a ritual. I found comfort in the outdoors, walking became something I did to relax and unwind. It was then when I slowly began to realize I am just as important as the next person. Although, my issues were not major that they still mattered. I knew it was time to make a change, that it was not too late to stop surviving and begin living!

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I started within myself, I re-found my faith, I took my health (obesity) more seriously & knew that I couldn't care for my family properly unless I was taking care of myself first! 

One day on one of my nightly walks (which turned into 45 minutes every night) I saw a couple of runners and something clicked, I thought if I've been walking for 3-4 months everyday surely jogging couldn't be that hard! As soon as I was out of sight from anyone else I began to jog... short lived to say the least. I was winded after only 35 seconds. 

I was determined to figure this out, I came home and began to research... I found couch to 5k and in 2012 I began my journey to a different lifestyle! 

It wasn't a BAM I'm now a runner it was a lengthy, hard, but satisfying battle. I went to physical therapy at one point to figure out what each pain was and learned how to work it out in order to keep moving forward. 

I learned to train smart and listen to my body and low & behold I found myself 25lbs lighter!

I remember my kids telling me how cool it was that I was becoming a runner. I was setting a healthy example for them to follow and mentally I was feeling satisfied with life! I found and learned how to balance work, kids, wifely duties all while making time for myself.

I ran my 1st half marathon in 2014, since then I have ran over 2 dozen half marathons ( Race SLO being 2 of those) countless 5k’s & 10k’s. I also tackled my first marathon in November 2016 and attempting my second marathon this year at Race SLO!

What an amazing journey I have had over the last 4 years.

I would like to think I've inspired & motivated those around me and it brings me joy that my husband now runs with me, my son joined track/cross country & my daughter enjoys signing up for family time fun runs! My kids are involved in school sports and they know the importance of living a healthy life!

I've journeyed to a lifestyle I never even imagined for myself & although I'm no first place runner, I've accomplished far beyond what I ever could have imagined for a kid like me. 

We love Race SLO so much that we've spent our 17th & 18th wedding anniversaries running the half marathon & looking forward to spending our 19th wedding anniversary running RACE SLO.

Do not ever discredit yourself no matter how small you think your problems are. If it is important to you, then by all means you should work on it!

Peace, Love & Running……

Michelle Serna-Garcia

Fresno, CA

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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue, Grizzly Youth Academy and SLO County Parks.

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

7th ANNUAL SLO MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RELAYS PRESENTED BY PACIFIC PREMIER BANK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      

Contact: Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO

(805) 458-0655

media@RaceSLO.com

<Printable Copy of Press Release Here>

 

7th ANNUAL SLO MARATHON, HALF MARATHON AND RELAYS PRESENTED BY PACIFIC PREMIER BANK

With NEW lululemon ‘Athlete Recovery Lounge’ Featuring Free Jamba Juice & Wine

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (March 12, 2018) – Race SLO is proud to introduce Pacific Premier Bank as the presenting sponsor of the seventh annual SLO Marathon and Half Marathon, and the inaugural Relay races. Starting and finishing at the landmark Madonna Inn and Meadows, the Central Coast’s largest running festival slated for April 28 and 29 includes a marathon, half marathon, two relay races, 5K and two kids races.

Pacific Premier Bank prides itself on their commitment to providing unparalleled client service and strong support for businesses, individuals, and nonprofit partners in the communities they serve. “We welcome the opportunity to partner with Race SLO, the Central Coast's endurance sport leader, and support their mission to create social and economic impact through human experiences,” said Market President, Rob Osterbauer.

A new and improved marathon and half course will take runners and walkers through the streets of beautiful San Luis Obispo and out along the rolling hills of the Edna Valley. New this year are two relay races, a 4-person marathon team relay and a 2-person half marathon team relay, perfect for new runners and walkers who prefer to spread out the miles with their friends. There truly is something for everyone at this SLO Spring tradition endurance festival.  

After crossing the finish line Sunday, all racers are given free access to the Athlete Recovery Lounge hosted by lululemon, featuring yoga sessions, pro-athlete meet and greets, a free Jamba Juice and for those 21 years and older a free glass of wine. Runners, walkers and spectators will all enjoy a Race SLO first class post-race celebration, solar powered by Pacific Energy Company, with live music, Lagunitas brew, fresh food vendors and more!

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For more information or to register for the SLO Marathon, Half Marathon, Relays, 5K and Kids races, visit slomarathon.com.

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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive endurance sporting events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, Team Red, White & Blue and SLO County Parks projects. Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

“Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.”

Race SLO Mission

 

About Pacific Premier Bancorp, Inc.

Pacific Premier Bancorp is the holding company for Pacific Premier Bank, one of the largest banks headquartered in Southern California with approximately $8.0 billion in assets. Pacific Premier Bank is a business bank primarily focused on serving small and middle market businesses in the counties of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara, California as well as Clark County, Nevada. Through its 33 depository branches, Pacific Premier Bank offers a diverse range of lending products including commercial, commercial real estate, construction, and SBA loans, as well as specialty banking products for homeowners associations and franchise lending nationwide.

Introducing our 2018 Race SLO Community Ambassadors

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By Location (43 STRONG!):

 Meet the individuals who are inspiring US through their unique journeys of Healthy Lifestyle, Community Leadership, Human Connection, Relentless Learning and Exploring. 
#ValuesDrivenBusiness #TogetherWeRise

Mayor Heidi Harmon

San Luis Obispo

Advocate for positive solutions to local and global challenges. Social, climate, and gender justice leader.  Passionate about helping others find their voice and move their bodies in the direction of postive change. 

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Ashley McComb

Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park Environmental Educator. Explorer & student of the natural world. Trail runner. A human 2 natural world connector. 

Instagram Facebook


Bruce Skidmore

San Luis Obispo

Community business leader. Embassy suites, Hilton, Disney. Avid Cyclist and hiker. Race SLO Volunteer. 

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Barb LeMoine

San Luis Obispo

Triathlete. Mother. Kennedy Club Fitness & Cal Poly Fitness Instructor. New to adventure racing. Masters Student in Exercise Psychology. 


Robyn Ortiz

Santa Clarita

Runner. Elementary School Teacher (Teacher of the Year).

Human Connector at Grace Baptist Church. Tattoo on feet: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet” and wrist: infinity sign with the word “run” and Isaiah 40:31 underneath — “They will run and not grow weary”

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Hailey Chiasson

Morro Bay

Wild Cherry Canyon 50 mile Ultra runner. Real Estate Professional. Group Fitness Teacher at Cal Poly & Fitness works. Figure Competitor. 

FB: Hailey.Chiasson - IG: hchiasson


Michelle Hamilton

San Luis Obispo

100 mile trail runner and Marathoner. Acupuncturist. Mother of two. Founder & Coach of the Well Woman Project. 

Facebook - Facebook - Facebook - Instagram 


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Sharyl Naftal

Pismo Beach

Runner. Retired Executive Chef. Pismo Beach Conf & Visitor Bureau Board. Works at Wolff Vineyards Tasting Room. Organizer of Pismo's  Premier Pet Festival in Dinosaur Caves 4.8.18.

Website - Instagram


Miguel Madarang

San Luis Obispo

Kinesiology Student. Missionary Adventurer. New Half Marathon Runner.

Instagram


Pepe Gonzales

Paso Robles

Original Race SLO Ambassador. Competitive road runner. 

Dad inspired him to run. Lives by “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” - Steve Prefontaine 

Facebook - Instagram - Website


Michelle Heidbrink

San Luis Obispo

Competitive Tennis Athlete & Tennis Warehouse staffer. Runs to cross train & inspire others to embrace and develop their best selves.

Instagram - Facebook


Katie Bull

San Luis Obispo

Triathlete. Runner. Women’s League Soccer player. Cal Poly Grad. Mother. 

Facebook Twitter Instagram Pinterest


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Jarod Contereas

San Pedro

Vegan Ultra Runner. Inventor of the Target Release Recovery Tool. Writer & Podcaster. Cal Poly Student.

Podcast: Touching the Trail Podcast (on iTunes) - Website 


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Selena Sharpless

San Luis Obispo

Runner, aspiring Pilates Instructor. Doing Calif Warrior & SLO Half. Cal Poly Grad. CAPSLO Nutrition Specialist. 

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Devin Best

San Luis Obispo

Executive Director of local non-profit. Lover of the outdoors and nature conservation. Runner. Cyclist. Dad.  

Instagram - Facebook - Twitter


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Amy Roberts

San Luis Obispo

All Round Fitness. Cal Poly Grad & Nurse. Mother of 3. Tribe Fit Founder & Coach of Mom’s Prenatal / Postnatal Community Fitness club. 

FacebookFacebook for Tribe Fit Club - InstagramInstagramTribe Fit Club (@tribefitclub) • Instagram photos and videos


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Rani Shah

Los Osos

Writer of social goodness and human hope. Hiker and newbee runner. Mother of 2. MindBody Online staffer. “Be kind, Be generous, Be wonderful” -RS

Facebook: Rani Shah - Twitter: @omshesaid - Instagram: omshesaid

Snapchat: omshesaid - Blog: http://www.omshesaid.com


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Cameron Adams

Walnut Creek

Marathoner. Community Leader. Cal Poly Business Student.  

instagram: cam_adamss


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Doreen Wagner

Livermore

 

Home Schooling Mother of 5 who after 40 rebuilt her body, career and life thru fitness. Liv Cycling Ambassador, NASM-CPT and Swimmer. MTB Cyclist. Trail Runner. 

Facebook - Facebook - Instagram


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Pete Cabral

Atascadero

Triathlete. Coach of Blue Skies Fit. Motivated to unleash the athlete in all of us. SLOM Pacer. KCF Spinning & R Instructor. NASM CPT, Ironman University Coach in progress! 

Facebook - Strava - Suunto MovesCount


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Claudia Callwood

Atascadero

Trail runner. MTB & Road Cyclist. Swimmer. CCCMB, SLO County Bicycle Advisory Committee, SLO Bike Coalition. Retired teacher. Horticulturist.  

Facebook


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Natasha Hoover-Wolf

Paso Robles

Special needs health & fitness coach. Ex- smoker & ex-junk foodie turned vegetarian runner & Lost 100lbs. Momma:) 

Instagram - Facebook: Natasha Hoover Wolf 


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Kristin Goodwin

Paso Robles

 

Health & Fitness Coach. Lives for adventure & travel. #BadassWoman 

Facebook - Facebook - Instagram


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Rhonda Williams

Temecula

Road & Trail Marathoner. Cal Poly Mom & Grandmother. Director of Rehab @ Skilled Nursing Facility. Cycling instructor. Local Run Club Administrator, Member of “Moms Run This Town” Chapter. 

Facebook: @runrhondarun


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StéphanCugnier

Santa Barbara

French, living in California since 2010. Husband & Dad. Journalist, blogger and runner chasing his BQ. "Bilingual" in miles and kilometers

Facebook - Instagram


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Zoe Hinck

 

Santa Barbara

4x SLO Half Athlete. Company Team Relay Runner. Cal Poly Grad. BioMedical Engineer. Fitness Instructor. 

Instagram: @zhinck - Facebook - Snapchat: @zhinck - Strava


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Robert Mead

Templeton

Competitive runner. 2017 Wild Cherry Half Champion with a 1:16:48 Half Marathon PR. 7-Time Mount Whitney Summits. Ran Grand Canyon Rim 2 Rim 2 Rim in a day. Works on Camp SLO base.

Facebook


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Michael Gamboa

Santa Maria

Central Coast homegrown. Dad. Righetti, Hancock, Youth Soccer & Cross Country Grad turned Coach. Cal Poly & San Jose State.  SM Valley Trail Runners. RAD Rabbit Club. BOCO Gear Ambassador. Doing SLOFull & California Warrior. 

Instagram - Twitter - Strava


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Krystal Cornejo

Santa Maria

Wife, Mother, Adult Day Care Director. Balancing care for others and love of self through running.

“Love yourself, love others and love the world”- KC

Instagram - Instagram (Sydney Creek)

(The Village at Sydney Creek account was created to bring awareness to our Alzheimer and dementia community. These individuals are a true inspiration.)


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John Glines

Santa Maria

Tough Mudder. Ultra. Spartan. Wine & Auction Co owner. Rodeo fundraiser. Other Ambassador Brands: Honey Stinger, Merrell Sports, Tough Mudder , Goat Tough and The Super Nice Club

Facebook:  John Glines - Instagram: johntglines


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Victor Hurtado

Santa Maria

Lost 80lbs running! Done 39 half and 8 full marathons. Pacer. Running Boston 2018. 

Instagram: @running_victor - Facebook


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Michelle Serna-Garcia

Fresno

Life crisis at 32 so took up running. Lost 17lbs and transformed her life and family.  

Instagram: one_bad_mother_runner - Facebook: Michelle Serna-Garcia


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Glenda Finley

Kingsburg

 Returning SLOM Ambassador. Ran 24 half marathons + 3 full. Making a comeback from an injury. 

Instagram - Twitter - Facebook


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Edward Gonzales

Fresno

Financial Services Professional . Cyclist. Triathlete. Dad. 

Facebook - Facebook


Michele VanOrnum

Fresno

On local non-profit run club board that gets under privileged running. Preschool & Kindergarten Owner. Ran SLO Marathon and our 50 miler at Wild Cherry Canyon.  

Facebook - Instagram


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Grace Barnick

La Jolla

Marathoner. Personal Trainer. SLO Hometown Girl. 

Instagram - Facebook


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John Luoma

San Francisco

Husband. Dad. Grad Student. Runner. Surfer. Outdoor Explorer. Cal Poly Grad. Human Connector. SLO Marathon 2018. 

Facebook - Instagram - Twitter


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Kassie Lee Hehn

Placerville

Lost 100lbs running! Triathlete. Mom. Races for cerebral palsy little buddy Ashley.  Running SLO Half with her own mom. 

Facebook - Instagram


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Sandra Gomez

SantaFe Springs

Girl Scout Leader. Adventurer. Her mantra is “keep-moving”

Skispeech@instagram - Sandra Gomez FaceBook


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Roni Kornitz

Sunnyvale

SLOM Pacer. 145 marathons, 127 halves, and 11 50K’s! Runners Anonymous Captain, Run365 Coach. In March 2014 ran 3 marathons in 3 continents in one week (Barcelona, Jerusalem and Oakland). Home brewer. 

Facebook and Twitter: rkornitz


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Katrina Rojas

Fresno

Past SLOM Ambassador & Blogger. Elementary School Secretary. Lost 35lbs running! Mom. 2018 SLO Ultra focused.  

Facebook - Instagram


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Robert Newton

Hemet

Ultra Runner. On a 5 year chronicle project documenting his transformation from Average Robert to UltraMan. Owner of Diego Farms animal sanctuary. International Animal welfare advocate & shelter fundraiser. 3 years= 25 marathons & ultras finished. 100 miler. Pushing 4 Change Founder. 

Website - Instagram: @pushing_4_change - Facebook


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Chuck Intrieri

San Luis Obispo

Business Consultant, 5K walker & Hiker, 

Facebook - WebsiteCal Poly SBDC Consultant


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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, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO and Team Red, White & Blue.

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 Marathon + Half 2018 Adds 4-Person & 2-Person Relay Events

SLO Marathon + Half 2018 Adds 4-Person & 2-Person Relay Events

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – The 7th SLO Marathon + Half, produced by the Central Coast’s endurance sports leader Race SLO, has added two relay races – a 4-Person Marathon & 2-Person Half Marathon – to its 2018 family of weekend events. Starting and finishing at the landmark Madonna Inn grounds, the region’s largest running festival is slated for April 28-29 with the Marathon, Half Marathon and Relays on Sunday morning.

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.