SLO Ultra

Third Annual SLO Ultra a Perfect Ending of Summer

On Saturday, September 1, Dairy Creek Event Center at El Chorro Park welcomed SLO Ultra trail enthusiasts for the third annual event produced by the Central Coast's endurance sport leader Race SLO. 700 runners and hikers savored the exclusive opportunity to access the private trails of Camp SLO, Cal Poly and SLO County Parks to compete in a Road Runners of America (RRCA) 50K State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon and a trail 5K. Children enjoyed a half-mile race at the Dairy Creek Golf Course. Epic scenery and warm weather made for a spectacular day of outdoor activities. In addition to the races, public was invited to a free Race SLO Dirt Festival, with live music performance by Cuesta Ridge, expo with vendors from running industry, hot BBQ and cold Lagunitas brew. Camping was available for the participants in El Chorro Park. The 2018 race  beneficiaries of SLO Ultra included the Land Conservancy of SLO, SLO County Parks and Team Red, White and Blue.

Crowned RRCA State 50K Champions, Brian Tinder, an Adidas-sponsored athlete from Flagstaff, AZ was the first male to cross the finish with a blazing time of 4:10:58, and Elite Runner Lauren Totten of Santa Barbara was the first female with an impressive 4:35:51 time. Lauren decided to run her first 50K two days before the race. “Really thankful for a good day, to come away with the win and a personal record,” she said.

Other RRCA age category 50k State Champions crowned were Logan Laszczyk (29-39), Nicole Judd (30-39), Natalie Lee and Samuel Vonderheide (40-49), Linda Sereno and Sean Curry (50-59), Paulette Odenthal and Eric Clifton (60-69), and Tom Jefferis (70-99).

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In the half marathon, Race SLO Ambassador Rob Meade of Templeton, CA placed first with a time of 1:36:21, defending his title from the previous year. “I won last year too, so that was cool. I got tired about 10 miles in, I started to cramp a little bit, but it was a gorgeous course and I had fun,” said Rob. Lauren Bordeman of San Luis Obispo, CA was the overall winner among the women’s field with a time of 1:58:21.

In the 5K race, Race SLO Ambassador Pepe Gonzales of Paso Robles placed first in the men’s race (20:16), and Colorado Springs’ Catherine Frame won the women’s race (22:13).

“This year’s SLO Ultra offered runners from 21 different states the opportunity to taste our little slice of outdoor heaven here in SLOCAL,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “We created a challenging but breathtaking private access course and first class experience for our guests, letting them both rave about our beloved town as well as feel deep satisfaction in their finish line victory. Next year we plan to move the date to November 2nd to increase attendance, add a yoga & music festival, plus be able to build a bigger Cal Poly partnership with students and faculty.”

Photo by Luis Escobar

Photo by Luis Escobar

The 4th annual SLO Ultra & Yoga Music Festival will take place on Saturday, November 2, 2019. Early bird registration is now open. Racers and Yogis can register at https://raceroster.com/events/2019/19123/2019-slo-ultra-trail-runs-yoga-music-festival with 50K for as little as $99 and half marathon $69. 5K and kids race registration is also available. Organizers are adding Yoga & Music all-day festival and the $29 ticket will include a collectible unisex shirt or tank top.

The 2018 SLO Ultra was made possible by amazing land partners and sponsors including the City of San Luis Obispo, Camp San Luis Obispo, Cal Poly, Slo County Search & Rescue and SLO County Parks; Race SLO corporate sponsors Fluid, Glenn Burdette, Left Coast T-Shirts, Rick Engineering, Sunset Honda, Lagunitas Brewing and KSBY; and Race SLO corporate suppliers Core Financial Strategies, Action Wipes & Life Elements, Culligan Water, Estero Ham Radio Club, Meathead Movers and Pacific Energy.


ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the 2018 Race SLO endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience, 7th SLO Marathon + Half, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races, 3rd SLO Ultra trail races, US Trail Running Conference and NEW Endurance Town USA Podcast and athlete travel platform.

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

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

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

Labor Day Weekend with SLO Ultra

The third annual SLO Ultra trail races are a perfect family-friendly activity for the Labor Day weekend. Produced by the Central Coast's endurance sport leader Race SLO and benefiting both SLO County Parks and The Land Conservancy of SLO, the SLO Ultra will take place in San Luis Obispo, starting and finishing at the Dairy Creek Event Center.

On Saturday, September 1, trail runners from all over the state will compete in a 50K Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Trail Championship. The Road Runners Club of America is the oldest and largest national association of running organizations dedicated to growing the sport of running since 1958.

Runners and hikers of all levels are invited to take part in a cross country half marathon, 5K trail run and new kids race. Those who aren't participating in the races can enjoy the free Race SLO Dirt Festival with Cuesta Ridge Band live music, vendors, hot BBQ and cold Lagunitas brew.

 

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“We couldn't wish for a better host partner than SLO County Parks,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO founder and CEO. “We are stoked to move this event where we can open up opportunity for our guests to experience the private trails of Camp SLO, Cal Poly and SLO County Parks. Our new home at Dairy Creek Event Center and El Chorro Park allows for camping plus boosts inspiring views of the Seven Sister mountain range, truly showcasing the best of SLOCAL.”

The SLO Ultra will be held in conjunction with the 6th annual US Trail Running Conference (USTRC). Estimate attendance is 100 for the USTRC and 750 for the SLO Ultra. According to the event director Terry Chiplin, the depth of expertise and innovation that the speakers, sponsors and exhibitors bring to the event is unrivaled in the trail running market, making this a must-attend event for both trail race directors and trail runners. Leading the way, USTRC is collaborating with the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub, the world's first university-based innovation program powered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The trail running industry professionals will be provided with an overview of Amazon's Working Backward process and conduct a problem/opportunity identification exercise addressing industry challenges and business solutions.

Among the dozens of industry leaders and professional trail runners coming to compete in San Luis Obispo is Kyle Robidoux, a legally blind ultra-marathoner who has completed the so-called Double Boston, running the full Boston Marathon course backwards from the Boylston Street to Hopkinton in the early morning, before turning around and running the 26.2 miles again with the rest of the crowd. Kyle manages United in Stride in which he recruits and trains sighted guides, and provides technical assistance to race directors to create Athletes with Disabilities Divisions.

Kyle Robidoux

Kyle Robidoux

Other noteworthy runners include a rising star Tayte Pollman, elite mountain and trail runner sponsored by the Nike Trail Team; Ian Torrence, a legend in the trail and ultra running community having now finished more than 200 ultras and JFK 50 mile Champion and world record holder Emily Harrison Torrence.

Race Roster is sponsoring the event along with the City of San Luis Obispo.

For more information and to register, please visit SLOUltra.com and USTrailRunningConference.com.

 

ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the 2018 Race SLO endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience, 7th SLO Marathon + Half, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races, 3rd SLO Ultra trail races, US Trail Running Conference and NEW Endurance Town USA Podcast and athlete travel platform.

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

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

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

NEW COURSES ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 SLO ULTRA

New private access courses are set for the September 1st SLO Ultra & Dirt Festival Labor Day weekend on the California Central Coast. The third annual SLO Ultra races, produced by the Central Coast's endurance sport leader Race SLO, sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo and benefiting SLO County Parks, offers a 50K Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon, 5K trail run and new kids race. All races will start and finish at the Dairy Creek Event Center in El Chorro Regional Park, offering exclusive access to private trails belonging to SLO County Parks, Cal Poly SLO, Miossi's La Cuesta Ranch and Camp San Luis Obispo. Trail maps can be viewed at the SLO Ultra website.

Sneak peek from the trek to scout out a section of 2018 SLO Ultra course.

Sneak peek from the trek to scout out a section of 2018 SLO Ultra course.

All levels are welcome to run or hike these private trails made of golden hills, tree lined canyons and epic mountain top views of the Seven Sisters coastal range. The 50K course limit is 10 hours, roughly a 19:20 minute/mile pace, on 60% fire roads and 40% single track trails, with 6,200 feet elevation gain, and offering 11 aid stations plus drop bags at mile 20. The half marathon is 70% fire road and 30% single track trail with 6 aid stations and 3,500 feet of gain. The 5K trail race is all fire roads with one aid station, and the kids race is within the golf course pathway so parents can supervise or join in the fun! All participants will receive a wood and leather finishers medal, race shirt, race photos, ample course aid-medical-directional support and a first class finish line in the Race SLO Dirt Festival. Camping, BBQ, Lagunitas beer and live music is open to the public as well, making for a great way for the entire family to enjoy the holiday weekend.   

“Our Race SLO team is stoked to partner with SLO County Parks in this new venue, providing new private trails, camping and a fun holiday weekend full of healthy outdoor activities for the entire family. Together with 1,000 guest athletes from all over the state we will raise much needed funds for developing and maintaining public open space with the Land Conservancy of SLO, Team RWB and SLO County Parks Department,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO.

The SLO Ultra will be held in conjunction with the 6th annual US Trail Running Conference, August 29-31, bringing industry leaders and professional trail runners to San Luis Obispo. Household names include founder and executive director of American Trail Running Association (ATRA) Nancy Hobbs, executive director of the Council for Responsible Sport Keith Peters, Race Directors Tia Bodington, Paul Gigliotti, Jim Harman and Aaron Saft, and professional ultra runners & coaches Emily and Ian Torrence, Krissy Moehl, Megan Janssen and Peter Maksimow, among others. Register at www.ustrailrunningconference.com.

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All day on September 1st during the SLO Ultra races, the Race SLO Dirt Festival is open to public and race participants for free, featuring vendors, live bluegrass music, athlete recovery lounge, hot BBQ, cold Lagunitas brew, non-alcoholic beverages and plenty of inspiration.

Camping is available in El Chorro Regional Park on a first-come-first-serve basis through SLO County Parks by calling (805) 781-5930 and selecting option 4. Parking will be available for $5 in the park or at Cuesta College.

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The third annual SLO Ultra benefits the Land Conservancy of SLO County, SLO County Parks, and Team Red, White and Blue.

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


ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the 2018 Race SLO endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience, 7th SLO Marathon + Half, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races, 3rd SLO Ultra trail races, US Trail Running Conference and NEW Endurance Town USA Podcast and athlete travel platform.

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

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

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

 

SUNDOG RUNNING OFFICIAL COACHING PARTNERS OF THE 2018 SLO ULTRA

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

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

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

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

Photo by Luis Escobar

Photo by Luis Escobar

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

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

The 3rd annual SLO Ultra benefits the Land Conservancy of SLO County, Team Red, White and Blue and the SLO County Parks Department.

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

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

 

ABOUT RACE SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience (Spring 2018), 7th SLO Marathon + Half, Relays and 5K plus Kids Races (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

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

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

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.


 

SLO Ultra to Host 2018 RRCA California State Trail Marathon Championship

Third annual event set for Saturday, September 1; register today for all race distances at sloultra.com!

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – (January 11, 2018) – The SLO Ultra, produced by the Central Coast’s endurance sports leader Race SLO, has been selected by the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) to host the 2018 RRCA California State Trail Marathon Championship on Saturday, September 1. The 3rd annual SLO Ultra Trail Race & Mountain Bike Race, scheduled for September 1-2, 2018, will be held in conjunction with the 6th annual US Trail Running Conference, sponsored by The City of San Luis Obispo, from August 29-31.

“We are honored to have our SLO Ultra Trail Race be chosen by the prestigious Road Runners Club of America as their 2018 state trail championship! Without a doubt, this statewide race championship is the cherry on top of our week long SLO Ultra sundae full of events. We have truly created the most engaging 6-day endurance sports showcase ever for the Central Coast. We are gearing up to host thousands of trail loving runners, mountain bikers, industry professionals and now elite athletes in our beloved Endurance Town USA!,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO.

The RRCA Championship Event Series, ranging from the mile to ultra distance as well as cross country races, are the largest grassroots organized running race series in the United States, annually attracting more than 320,000 runners. Since 1958, the RRCA has awarded championship events at the National, Regional and State level to outstanding RRCA member clubs and quality events to promote the sport of distance running.

For more information or to register for the 2018 event, go to: sloultra.com

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ABOUT RACE SLO
Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO endurance event portfolio includes the inaugural California Warrior Experience (Spring 2018), 7th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2018), 3rd SLO Ultra trail races & Mountain Bike Race (late Summer 2018) and the recently added US Trail Running Conference (late Summer 2018).

The Race SLO Team produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events year-round to create human connection through fitness and raise funds for local nonprofits.

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

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit RaceSLO.com for more information.

SLO Ultra Dirt Festival: Public Lands and Iconic Females

SLO Ultra Dirt Festival: Public Lands and Iconic Females

Race SLO #EnduranceTownUSA features articles from our Tribe throughout the year to inspire and motivate you to reach your finish line. Dani Moreno is a professional trail runner from Santa Barbara, CA and recently not only represented the USA at the Mountain Running World Championships, but also won the 2017 SLO Ultra Half Marathon. Below is Dani's recap of the event. Register today for the 2018 SLO Ultra + SLO MTB Dirt Festival on September 1-2, 2018.

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!

Making Strides in Innovation – Focus on Samantha Pruitt

Making Strides in Innovation – Focus on Samantha Pruitt

With the recently announced theme for the 2017 US Trail Running Conference, Making Strides in Innovation, this is the next in a series of posts focused on participating sponsors and our expert panelists on how they have used innovations to drive their products, service and races. This time we interview Samantha Pruitt, Founder & CEO of Race SLO, Ultra Athlete, Lover of Human Badassery

Van der Groen, Van Ornum Win SLO Ultra presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com

Van der Groen, Van Ornum Win SLO Ultra presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com

Second edition hosted by HomeFed and PG&E drew more than 1,000 runners and featured four challenging trail run courses – 50 mile ultra, marathon, half-marathon and 5 mile – at pristine, private Wild Cherry Canyon in Avila Beach; post-event Race SLO Dirt Festival celebrated with live bluegrass music, beverages, food & fun; event beneficiary The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County

SLO Ultra Adds Mountain Bike Trail Races to Second Edition

SLO Ultra Adds Mountain Bike Trail Races to Second Edition

The Central Coast’s premier off-road athletic endurance event presented by VisitAvilaBeach.com includes four trail runs and two mountain bike races plus free music festival on September 9–10; ultra running star Krissy Moehl & mountain bike pro racer Rebecca Rusch event ambassadors;The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo event beneficiary; register today before it sells out!

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.