Race SLO Community Ambassador: Victor Hurtado

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.

Five years ago I was in the worst shape of my life. I was weighing in at 240lbs. My health was poor,  I was obese, and on the verge of becoming diabetic. My diet consisted of eating anything and everything I wanted, every single day for many years. I was tired of feeling sick, tired of being hung over in the mornings, tired of being unhealthy. One day I decided enough was enough. It was time for a change! 

I began to run as much as I could each day. Some days I could run 10 minutes, some days 15, some days less. But I didn't give up. I was determined to change. Eventually, I started running longer and faster, and started to lose a lot of weight along the way. With a combination of running and eating healthy, I lost 70-80 pounds in just short 5 months. Once I dropped to my ideal weight of 160lbs, running became easier and easier. Running has given me a second chance at being healthy and fit and for that I am very, very grateful.  

I have now ran over 40 half marathons and 8 marathons which all have been Boston Qualifying times. I wake up happy every morning and you can find me running 10-15 miles, 6 days a week, year round. You can follow my journey and passion for running on Instagram @running_victor.


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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 - 50K Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon or a 5K run. Plus kids races! 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.