Race SLO Community Ambassador: Charles Intrieri

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.

The Trail

There is a long trail from my home in San Luis Obispo, CA, near Broad and Orcutt Avenues, to the train station and beyond.

I tried to walk it once but only made it partway. My son has done it many times and I asked him how far I went when I told him where I stopped this time. He said, ”Approximately one-fourth of the way.”

On TV, I watched a 90-year-old run a long race to the finish line. I thought if he could do it so can I, at 74 years old. I tried the trail again. I passed the spot I stopped at the last try. I kept going. I saw the picture of the 90-year-old man in my mind. I kept moving forward at a faster pace. I saw places I had never imagined on the trail, never thinking about the distance I had gone. I saw two guys playing Frisbee. I saw people on bikes and running on the trail. I kept going. I saw houses and neighborhoods.

Next I saw a wrought iron fence. I saw shacks and train parts. Could I be getting closer? Next, I saw the steps to somewhere. As I got closer they were the steps to cross over the trains and train tracks. I went over the bridge. I saw the locomotives. I took the stairs down. I saw a statue of two men setting train rails many years ago. I made it!

Don’t ever give up! The trip back was easy. I thought of Rocky and Rocky’s theme music played in my head. I wanted to stop and dance and put my arms in the air. I didn’t!

Charles Intrieri

San Luis Obispo, 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.