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Race SLO Community Ambassador - Jarod Contreras

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.

Home Trails

The early morning sun illuminated the fog hanging over the ocean as my father and I power hiked up a favorite local climb: Pirate Trail. As the name suggests, this trail is wild and rebellious in its difficulty. On that quiet summer day in September of 2017 both my dad and I had a lot on our minds, for much the same reason. In a couple short weeks I would be heading off to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Meaning that I would be leaving my family to attend a school four hours north, a fact that was causing my dad and I much consternation on that dusty run.

The act of moving out of the house for the first time causes many parents and children consternation, I know, not just due to the significance of the shift, but also due to the realization that the child is no longer a child. As Pirate pitched ever upwards our thoughts were on much the same idea, but there was also something more. My family and I are best friends, which may sound odd coming from a 19 year-old, but in most cases I would much rather embark on an adventure with my family more than anyone else. My dad, mom, sister, and I are a tribe and leaving the day to day rhythms and security of that tribe would be one of the hardest things I’d ever do, both my dad and I knew.

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As we approached the top of Pirate we began to discuss our love of our home trails. The place where I began to run and trained to adventure everywhere from the Grand Canyon to the Sierras to the Bryce Canyon 100, which I had run just a few months before. Leaving my home trails would not be as hard as leaving my family, but challenging nonetheless.

Instead of turning around at the top of the climb to do another lap, as we usually do, we decided to do some exploring. We headed off into the open lands surrounding the small neighborhood atop the hill, running and hiking with smiles as we opened our horizons on the trails we ran everyday. As we made our way overland we chatted easily, about nothing and everything, as we tend to do. The hillside pitched steeply upwards yet again and we traversed the sagebrush, eventually finding ourselves standing on a small road. We walked down the road a bit and emerged onto more trails unknown to us. The vista from that spot was magnificent, encompassing our trails, the Pacific, and Catalina Island, all sitting quietly in the distance.

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Looking out at where I had grown up, and faced with the coming change, I began to cry. I looked over at my dad and he began to cry as well. We held each other tightly and through our tears we carried on a conversation that I will forever hold dear. My dad emphasized to me how close, in the grand scheme of things, my hometown was from college. He told me that I must remember that he, my mom, and my sister were always there for me, no matter what. He reminded me how much he loved me.

That conversation armed me with the confidence to approach college with a new outlook: as an adventure to be had and a time to grow, not as a terrible change. The fact that that exchange occurred on a trail was significant to me as well. It signified and solidified the notion to me that whatever happened in the coming year of college I must remember that I would forever be able to return to the solace I find in a run in the mountains and the subsequent peace that I find in myself.

FIERCE AT FIFTY

Many of you know I'm a podcast junkie (and the host of Endurance Town USA podcast).

I L.O.V.E. human connection and authentic storytelling. But last month while out on a long run I heard one that stopped me in my tracks. Why?

Because I am about to hit my halfway mark! Yes, I had already given some thought to my upcoming 49th birthday, but more in focus I was dialed in on the reality that I am turning 50 over the course of this next year. Being interviewed by Rich Roll, his 50-year-old male podcast guest was sharing his own journey and perspective on life when he boldly stated “I only have 29 summers left and I wake up each day and say that out loud in the mirror.” WTH?

Obviously, no one truly knows exactly how long they will live, however he then stated that the average American life span is 79 now. So he figured he better get down to business and use the next 29 years living life to the fullest, savoring every single summer. That is no joke and frankly, my dears, it lit a wildfire within my own soon-to-be-50 soul, inspiring me to dig in way deeper with my own life's mission.

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As I write this now, I sit on the sunset of being 48 years old. In the morning I will do what we all do every single year and age up. That morning's alarm clock and calendar will then count down my 365 day path towards the age of 50. So what does that mean? Why should I think beyond birthday cake? Because honestly, there are dark moments in life where the truth is scary to face. But there are also bright rainbow moments in time where that reality feels limitless and beautiful. So what I have decided to do now with this new year of my life is to shift both my mindset and my experience towards the rainbow. The rainbow has no start or finish, holds more colors than we can name and leads me towards a heart, body and mind of gold. Only I define what fifty looks and feels like. Only I decide how to think, act and feel at fifty. And I have decided that I will self invest this next year by becoming FIERCE AT FIFTY.

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Fierce: the combination of positive mental spirit, bold words and unapologetic actions used collectively. Animal Spirit: Lion (Leo)

Being #FierceAtFifty means that I will spend each precious day becoming my best self; physically, mentally and spiritually. #FierceAtFifty means that the next 365 days of my life will not be taken for granted or wasted on fear, stress or negative energy. It means that I will explore my limits, garden my relationships and honor my Earth. #FierceAtFifty is my priceless pot of gold.

It is time for bed now and the close of my 48th year in this life. With deep satisfaction I can close my eyes knowing it's been a wild ride so far. And with butterflies of anticipation I can also honestly say that the best is yet to come.

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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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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: 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: 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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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.

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.

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“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.


 

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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Photo credit Luis Escobar

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.

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.

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. 

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Michelle Hamilton

San Luis Obispo

100 mile trail runner and Marathoner. Acupuncturist. Mother of two. Founder & Coach of the Well Woman Project. 

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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.

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Miguel Madarang

San Luis Obispo

Kinesiology Student. Missionary Adventurer. New Half Marathon Runner.

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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 

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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!