SLO Marathon

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.

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. 

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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.

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. 

Reyes Rips Event Record, Lakowske Wins SLO Marathon

Reyes Rips Event Record, Lakowske Wins SLO Marathon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 30, 2017) — On a sunny, beautiful Central Coast Sunday morning at the 6th SLO Marathon, Sergio Reyes, 35, from Palmdale, Calif. and Kelsey Lakowske, 24, Davis, Calif. won the 26.2 mile races in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 42 seconds and 2:59:08, respectively; Reyes also shattered the event record. In the SLO Half Marathon, both champions, Ben Bruce, 34, Flagstaff, Ariz. and Jenny Kadavy, 34, Clayton, Calif. crushed the previous event records in 1:09:21 and 1:20:20, respectively.

SLO Marathon + Half 2017 Road Closure Alert

WHAT: Road closures for SLO Marathon + Half Marathon 2017 (new courses)

WHEN: Sunday, April 30, 2017

WHERE: San Luis Obispo surrounding area and downtown

CONTACT: Kelly Druse, Race Director, kelly@raceslo.com

For the safety of the runners and walkers on the race course, select streets will be closed or closed to thru traffic on Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 3:00am to 3:00pm. Most locations will only be impacted for specific windows of time in that range. Please allow extra time if traveling throughout town and expect minor delays on Sunday, April 30. Affected areas are detailed in printable Neighborhood Access maps with timing impacts, flow of runners, etc. at the website link below.

The San Luis Obispo Police Department, California Highway Patrol and professional traffic control staff will be at all points controlling traffic as well as allowing cross traffic where possible.

NOTE: Closed road signs will be along the route plus course marshals will be on the course to answer questions. Contact us with special requests or questions in advance at kelly@RaceSLO.com.

The new, beautiful loop courses for 2017 feature scenic tours of San Luis Obispo starting and finishing near the Madonna Inn. Runners will head out toward the beautiful Irish Hills Natural Preserve and then loop toward historic downtown San Luis Obispo to enjoy the Fremont Theatre, Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa and a Frank Lloyd Wright designed building. In addition, runners will also experience the Railroad District, Islay’s Streets charming bungalows and Victorians and, finally, a scenic downhill finish line at the Madonna Inn grounds.

For more road closure information, including zone maps, go to:

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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.

Four Past Champions Return to SLO Marathon + Half Marathon

Four Past Champions Return to SLO Marathon + Half Marathon

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (April 24, 2017) — The SLO Marathon + Half Marathon has announced its elite fields that include four past race champions — Maggie Yount (2016 Marathon), Van McCarty (2012 Marathon), Joe Thorne (2013 Marathon & 2014, 2016 Half Marathon) and Ben Bruce (2015 Half Marathon) plus local talent Brandon Messerly, Luke Letwin, Connor Blalock and Erin Tracht. The 6th SLO Marathon + Half event edition, an Endurance Town USA running tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday & Sunday, April 29–30.

Morris & Garritano Hosts 2017 SLO Marathon New Course Preview Run

Free training run with food, beverages, training tips & fun on Saturday morning, March 25; register today to be part of the 6th “Endurance Town USA” experience on April 29–30, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (March 21, 2017) — SLO Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K sponsor Morris & Garritano will be hosting a preview run of the new course on Saturday, March 25 from 6:30am — 12:00pm, meeting at their headquarters, 1122 Laurel Lane, San Luis Obispo. The 10 or 20 mile run is free, all levels of fitness are welcome and there will be food, beverages and training tips. The 6th event edition, a San Luis Obispo spring tradition produced by Race SLO, will be held on Saturday-Sunday, April 29–30. The Central Coast’s largest running event expects to draw 4,000 participants in Endurance Town USA.

“Thanks to our team program sponsor and training run host Morris & Garritano, this is great opportunity for our local entrants to test drive the new course in a low-key, fun setting,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “In addition, post-run, the participants will enjoy some food, beverages and camaraderie as well as training tips as they gear up for our upcoming 6th edition.”

Morris & Garritano, the leader in corporate wellness, personal and business insurance initiatives, also invites and challenges companies to create teams for the 2017 SLO Marathon + Half. The teams deadline, including special pricing and custom team shirts, is Sunday, April 2.

Morris & Garritano Course Preview Run event invite & check-in Facebook page HERE.

For more event information or to register for the 6th event edition, go to: www.slomarathon.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 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.