Ambassadors

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Bruce Skidmore

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 1979, I found out I had a kidney disease following a tough tackle playing Rugby at Penn State and was told the disease would eventually lead to dysfunction, dialysis, and ideally transplant. My fitness levels have always been high as I started running for fitness at 15 playing rugby all through high school, college, and a few years after that. Following a couple knee surgeries and bad ankles, I picked up cycling in 1995 and have been addicted ever since. It all started with an organized century ride, then one a month for 5 months before I joined a club and started racing Cat 3 and masters on the road (mostly crits and road races participating in two Masters National Championships). 

After 23 years of 150 miles a week, my kidney function was at the point where I went on dialysis for about 3 ½ years and hoped a living donor would step forward for transplant and a double nephrectomy (kidney removal), all at the same time. During dialysis, I continued working full time leading successful hotels sales and marketing teams around the country, and fortunately was able to ride all during dialysis except the day after my twice a week, 4-hour treatments. Two-hour rides before work 2-3 times a week, and a 3+ hour ride on one weekend day kept my spirits and fitness at a high level.

Fortunately, Colleen, an elementary school friend’s wife stepped forward to test as she saw me in my cycling team kit during a charity ride in Boston with my “beer belly” (my kidneys weighed over 12.5 pounds when they are normally 10 ounces; twins together average 11 pounds). Sure enough, PERFECT MATCH!  In May 2016 they performed the nephrectomy and transplant at the same time. I was only spinning (about 35 hours a month), the month before surgery as I didn’t want anything to happen that would jeopardize the transplant. Surgery went great, 4 weeks later I was spinning; at six weeks, riding 100 miles a week outside. 

Less than 4 months later, I planned to ride a small fundraiser metric century with my donor and her husband. We left 10 minutes after the 100 milers and about 5 minutes in, our group of 20-25 was just one - me. Rather than slow down or wait, I tried to catch the 100 milers. As I approached the 17 mile rest stop, they were pulling out. In another 3 miles I caught them. At the metric century turn-off, I decided I didn’t want to ride the last 38 miles alone so continued on with the 15 or so 100 milers. There were 3-4 others along with me that shared the pace-making and 4 of us were the first finishers. I felt great and shocked how well I rode, especially those last 15 miles. No cramping, nothing, again, all less than 4 months following an 8-hour procedure.

Most importantly, I can’t express enough the enormous and never-ending debt of gratitude I have for my donor Colleen and her beautiful and giving family for their sacrifice and support of her. I can’t neglect to mention a huge thank you to my wife of 33 years, Grace; to our son Andrew, 26, his wife Aaliyah, son Grayson (2), and our granddaughter Charlotte Lily-Grace (6), for the years of work they did on my behalf actively advocating and campaigning for a donor to come forward. Yes, I’m a grandpa too and thanks to the generosity of the human spirit of giving, I live to see my family another day, month, year…

We moved to SLO in February 2017 (after beautiful stints in Monterey and Long Beach), and have been loving it, mixing our family hikes with mountain biking and lots of road rides. This year, my focus is to participate in an organized century ride in CA once a month. All is good, my new kidney is working great and I love supporting Race SLO, taking the long route on the SLO Ultra MTB, volunteering for the Marathon, and participating in other regional events in the region like Eroica California and the SLO Triathlon.

In support of the donor community, please register as an organ donor on your driver’s license since there are so many others wait-listed for transplant who aren't as lucky as I was. You never know who in your family, or maybe a friend, may benefit from this enormous act of kindness. See you on two wheels!

Bruce Skidmore

Race SLO Ambassador


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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: 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.

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Sharyl Naftal

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.

I’ve spent most of my life in Atlanta, but after visiting San Francisco in 1992, that was it! I would make it out west someday and that was that.

Then on April 16, 2001, my world changed. I lost my mother to cancer after a long six-month battle.

I have always been a runner, but had never run more than 6 miles. My running buddies thought it would be good for me to train for a marathon. Not having run nearly that long before, but being the driven “I can do anything” person, I said yes. We trained for the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. in October, 2001. I remember the race very well.

As we ran past the Pentagon, where the damage of the 9/11 attacks just happened, I was overcome with emotion. It was not only my first marathon, at a difficult time, but then passing what was left behind from what happened to our country on Sept 11, 2011 – was overwhelming. The Marines were at the finish line putting medals over our heads – I remember how I felt – but the next thought that came to my mind was OK, I’m ready for my next race!

I did four more full marathons afterwards, three in California, and too many half marathons to count. I came out to run the San Francisco half marathon over the years many times, always knowing I’d be back to live on left coast for good. I still do the SF half marathon every year.

When my daughter finished college and my son high school, it was time! We packed up and headed west. We moved to SLO without knowing one single person.

I keep up with friends and family on the other side of the country and miss them very much. But I can truly say I am a happier person being where I was meant to be. My runs have so much more meaning. When I run I can work out my thoughts, plan my days, revisit situations needing attention and just get inspired to live more productive days.

At 55, I can honestly say that running has given me the strength, energy and power to make every day count.

I think we all have something that gives us that. If you don’t, you must find it and make it part of your life. Running has always been there for me as the one constant through raising my kids, the times of celebrations and the bumps in the road of life along the way – puns intended. Now, I must go run...

Sharyl Naftal

Pismo Beach, 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.

How I Reached 180 Miles At Born To Run Four Day 2018

I’ve had a couple requests for how the Born To Run Four Days went so I’ll try to summarize as best as I can. First, I’m 50, I'm 215lbs, I undertrained, and I had a 4-day goal of 150 miles. I honestly had no idea if that was even possible but it started at 100 miles and over the weeks and months grew to 140 and then eventually to 150. I had my travel trailer with a bed, hot shower and fridge and planned to sleep at night. I broke the race into days instead of one chunk of miles that seemed overwhelming. I work best when I simplify things to the basics and deal with them that way. I decided to look at this race as simply an ultra a day for 4 days.

I rolled on to the ranch on Tuesday evening and was immediately greeted by PJ and then Luis, the Race Director (also a long time acquaintance and friend). Next thing I knew I was in the back of a CJ5 hanging pink ribbons in trees along the course. It was a good sneak peek for a couple of the hills I’d come to hate over the next 4 days. We got back to camp and about 10 of us went into town for burritos and chips. I only knew Luis and PJ but quickly learned that the other guys were certified Ultra badasses. The stories quickly became about crewing and pacing Scott Jurek on his quest for the record on the Appalachian Trail and it turned out most of the guys at the table were integral parts of the journey. It was amazing and inspiring and I knew I was totally out of my class here.

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As Wednesday rolled around about 32 of us headed to the start area where Luis explained the course and loop system; pink, then yellow, then pink, then yellow. Blue is bad. Basically take a pink 10 mile loop and then turn around and take the yellow 10 mile loop and if you are somewhere that you’re looking at blue, you’re off course. Simple enough. We recited the pledge that went something like, “if I get lost, hurt or die it’s my own damn fault” and off we went at noon(ish). Pink loop was pretty flat(ish), smooth road and trails, not too bad at all. I met Kara on that first loop and she explained that she was looking at each day as a “work day” and that her miles were her job and when she was done she was off work. I loved that thought process and immediately adopted it. Thanks, Kara! I got lost on my very first loop (wouldn’t be the last time) but adjusted and got it done. Then came the yellow loop. There was over 1400’ of vertical gain on that loop and chunks of the downhill weren’t runable, well at least not until your quads are blown out and you can’t stop yourself! I completed one more pink loop and called it a day. Wednesday was just a 50k day. Miles: 30

I showered, ate and got plenty of sleep that night. PJ was great about checking in, offering any help he could and basically being a great support person even though he was there to run his own 60 mile race.

Thursday morning I planned to do 40 miles so I was up and going around 6am. I had to start on the yellow loop. My hate for yellow had already started to grow. I was tight and had a couple blisters that I popped the night before but were still uncomfortable. I finished that loop and felt pretty good going to pink. After my 4th loop of the day I felt good and was ahead of schedule so I struck out for one more loop making 50 miles for the day. I figured that was just miles in the bank in case the wheels fell off later in the week. Slaby had arrived by then and was great moral support. He kept me motivated and moving and was a great help (I’m sure he doesn’t realize how much of a help he was to me). Shower, food, bed. Miles: 80

By Friday morning I realized I was going to be battling blisters for the rest of the race. I run in Hoka One One Speedgoats and rarely get blisters so this was pretty new to me. I had popped another 5 on Thursday night and covered them with bandages and moleskin. It was uncomfortable to walk on them but got better as the day went on. Nothing specific stands out about Friday other than Monica and David arriving, more support and motivation. My crew also arrived that night in the form of Taylor and Julie. It felt great having Julie there and I knew Taylor could identify and fix any funk I found myself in. I had planned on doing another 40 miles Friday but again finished earlier than I thought I would and decided to add another lap. Thanks to the WTM crew there for the encouragement and prodding to get back out. By now my goal seemed very attainable and I was considering resetting it to 170 miles. I got another good night sleep Friday night. Miles 130

I woke up Saturday to shotgun blasts and mariachi! Seriously, I love this shit. Up to 6pm Friday the 32ish of us had the course to ourselves. About 75 runners were added Friday evening at 6pm, the 100 mile badasses which included Jeff who crushed that race. Saturday morning the remaining 400 or so runners took off for distances of 10, 30, 60 miles. While the pack headed out on the pink loop, I headed out for a 4 loop day. There were some interruptions to the run on Saturday including stopping for the 12pm 0.0k race that I had also entered with Taylor and Julie. Yep, we paid to NOT run. Essentially you gather at the start area, recite the same pledge and at the blast of the shotgun, just walk away like nothing ever happened. When that was over I headed back out for a lap. I had agreed to do a quick auction for Luis and a charity that he loves. They help homeless get on their feet and get them running which boosts self esteem and productivity. The way my legs and feet felt at the time made me wonder why a charity would punish homeless people by making them run, but we sold a few items, made a couple thousand for the charity and I stood on the stage until two wonderful volunteers helped me down! Off for another loop.

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I did have one pretty dark loop. I believe it was loop 16 so I had completed 150+ miles by then. I was hiking up a canyon on the yellow loop and could hear a woman screaming for 15 minutes or so. There was nobody around me though. Later that lap I heard a motorcycle and while there was one at camp, it wasn’t out on the trail either. I shook both of those off but when I crested a hill I saw a mound in the trail with dozens of jet black scorpions crawling out of it. Yep, they weren’t actually there either. By the end of that lap I’d developed tunnel vision pretty bad and by the time I shuffled past camp, I was really just staring at the ground in front of me because that’s all I could see. I got some food, talked to everyone and eventually felt good enough to go finish one more lap that night. Miles: 170

I have to admit, when I woke up Sunday morning I really didn’t want to do another loop. I reasoned to myself that I was already 20 miles over my goal and that was good enough. I had to work that evening and still needed to pack up and get cleaned up and that running wasn’t a good idea. Taylor and Julie were still asleep and I was warm and comfortable. The problem was I kept hearing Slaby telling me to get my ass back out and get some miles. It didn’t take long to realize I’d regret not doing it all year so I got up, put shoes on my blistered and swollen feet (I was a full shoe size larger than the day I started) and headed out the door for one final loop.

The course was pretty quiet again with just a few of us 4 day’ers and the last of the 100 milers finishing out their race. It was a long slow lap but I got it done and when I got to the last stretch Julie and Taylor were there to run (ok, shuffle) it in to the finish. I got to the timing tent, rang the bell and watched my name pop up on the TV monitor: John Glines, 180 miles. I thought briefly about trying one more lap but that thought didn’t last long. I received my 100 mile buckle (my first but not my last), my traditional finish line hug from Taylor, and headed for the truck.

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There was one more unexpected adventure during this race. On Saturday, Taylor sketched out a petroglyphic drawing on her iPad of a Hawaiian running man with mountains in the background that she’d seen on a cup I bought there from Tracy at Marvelous Mud. She added her own touch with a cactus (girl LOVES cactus) and asked what I thought of it for a tattoo. I loved that she drew it freehand and told her to talk to the tattoo people across the road in camp (yep, professional tattoo shop right there on site). I headed out for a loop thinking about it and deciding if I wanted a tattoo that night! Backing up a little, the entire race I had really strong feelings that my Mom was watching me from above. I even spent some time on course talking to her – out loud. I don’t usually have that feeling during races but it was really strong this time and for all four days. Mom loved Seagulls, in fact her wedding band was custom made with a seagull on it. It hit me that lap that I needed to add a seagull to Taylor’s design.

When I finished the lap Taylor said the artist was going to be expecting me at 7pm. I passed their trailer and saw that Taylor had sketched out the tattoo and it was hanging there with her name on it. I showered, ate and headed over with Taylor to get the work done. I was a little concerned how it would feel since my calves were rock hard and already pretty sore. Kim assured me it would feel like a massage. Kim is a liar. It was a very simple design with no color or real shading and only took about 20 minutes to apply to my right calf but I suggest not getting a tattoo on top of super tight muscles! I love the finished work and it’s extra special to me because Taylor sketched it and added the personal touch of the cactus and seagull above.

I went to see Clay at Empower Massage Therapy on Monday and realized immediately it was the best thing I could have done. He worked out some knots I didn’t even know where there and I left feeling much better. It took almost a week for the swelling and blisters in my feet to go down enough to put shoes on. My head is still foggy, sleep is odd and I go from starving to stuffed in about three bites. Again, I love this shit.

My hat is off to those that completed the 100 mile course including Jeff who finished 14th overall and Joanie who earned her first 100 mile buckle after fighting through demons after her 7th lap. PJ killed it in the 60 mile and looked like he hadn’t run at all by a couple hours after his finish. I may have gone more miles but I know they worked harder than I had to because they pushed straight through to get their races in.

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There are a lot of people to thank for helping me get this done, starting with all of the volunteers. Those aid stations were incredible and The OASIS aid station for 4 day and 200 milers was like nothing I’d ever seen. Manley and Mara were amazing! Everyone on course offering encouragement and laughs, the people I met and spent minutes or hours running/walking with. Taylor and Julie and all our WTM crew. And of course, Luis Escobar for putting on such a weird/wonderful event. Thank you to everyone!

Will I be back next May? Damn right I will and with a 200 mile goal. In the meantime, I’m planning to run the SLO Ultra Marathon on Sept. 1 with some great friends! David Bird, Sean Anderson, Erik Beckmen, Kristie Clay and Ian Marshall Nevarez will be there. If you’re looking for a fun trail race take a look at that one at www.sloultra.com. Distances range from 5 miles to 50K and I have a code for a little discount as a RaceSLO Ambassador (RSA2018GLINES).

I’m also headed Back to the Ranch the first weekend in October for Luis' newest race. It’s a timed event ranging from 6hrs to 48 hrs. on a mile(ish) loop. Check out www.allwedoisrun.com for details and sign up info (I may even have a discount for that one as it gets closer).

For anyone that read this far, thank you! I don’t mean this to be a brag page by any stretch, rather I hope it’s taken as a statement that if I can do this, anyone can do it. Don’t look at a distance and feel overwhelmed, break it down to segments and do it a bite at a time. I’m a proof you don’t have to be fast, you just have to keep moving forward. Even when your body thinks it’s done and has nothing left, your brain can override that. When we stop listening to our body telling us when we are done and start listening to our head we can go incredible distances. Oh yeah, also learn the difference between “Hurt” pain and “Injured” pain. Keep moving through Hurt, that pain ends eventually.

We can do anything because everything ends”. Taken from Scott Jurek’s first book and so appropriate for an Ultra Marathon.

You finish somewhere out on the course and then you make it back to the finish line.” Sean Corvelle

by John Glines (photos courtesy of John Glines)


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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.

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


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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.

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.)

    Race SLO Community Ambassador John Luoma

   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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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.

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.

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.

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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!

Thanks! We Had a Great Time!

Thanks! We Had a Great Time!

Getting to travel to San Luis Obispo two years in a row now for Race SLO events is a special treat. I remember as I hugged individuals from the crew goodbye last year I said, “let’s do this again!” And we did it! The special invite and opportunity to work with the Race SLO crew renewed in 2017 and my enthusiasm for the fun weekend spread to my boyfriend as well. He rearranged his schedule, trained out of his norm and joined in the half-marathon trail run, his longest trail race yet. We had a great time!

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.

Running with the Bruces Official SLO Marathon + Half Training Plans

Maximize your final weeks of training with Cal Poly alum and professional athlete / coach Ben Bruce

2015 SLO Half Marathon champion, Cal Poly alum, NCAA All-American, Big West Champion and current professional athlete for the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite team has teamed up with the SLO Marathon + Half to create simple and effective training plans for participants.

Leveraging the innovative Final Surge coaching platform plans are available for $29.95 on the SLO Marathon + Half registration portal powered by Race Roster.

I was excited to write these plans as I attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My wife Stephanie went to rival school UC Santa Barbara, but we have put that behind us and LOVE the entire Central Coast. Having gone to Cal Poly, I am very familiar with the course and in fact I have run every inch of it at some point in time. The course even goes past the three places I lived in while calling #RaceSLO Town home! — Ben Bruce

As you prepare for the race, remember that being constant in training is more important than any one workout. So if you miss a day here and there, do not beat yourself up, just get laced back up and move forward. Just as important in ensuring your success, know that one great workout or one bad workout is not going to make or break your performance come race day. It is the accumulation of the easy runs, the long runs, the specific workouts and being mentally positive that will get you fully prepared for the best experience. — Ben Bruce

Four plans are available to choose from:

  • Half Marathon (beginner): This plan is geared towards runners who are taking on their first half marathon or have not been running for a long time. Mileage range on the plan will be around 20–30 miles a week with options to make it slightly more or less. The main goal of this plan is to get to race day feeling confidant you can complete the 13.1 mile distance.
  • Half Marathon (intermediate): Runner should have some experience at the half marathon or at a minimum raced the 10k — 10mile distance. Is comfortable running 30+ mile weeks regularly. Mileage can be adjusted up to 50–60 miles per week.
  • Marathon (beginner): Runner should have at a minimum some experience at the Half Marathon distance. Is comfortable running 20–40 miles a week regularly.
  • Marathon (intermediate): Runner should have some experience at the Half Marathon. Is comfortable running 30–40+ mile weeks regularly. Mileage can be adjusted up to 50–70 miles per week.

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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.