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.”

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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.

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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.

 

Race SLO Community Ambassador: Ashley McComb

Our Race SLO ambassadors share their stories about motivation, determination, endurance and growth to inspire us and remind us that we are on this journey together.

How running set me free: the magic in the misery. 

“The obsession with running is really an obsession with the potential for more and more life.” —George Sheehan

My heart beats fast,

Each step a gong ringing in an ivory temple.

One by one, my strides lift my body into moments of weightlessness. The in-between that feels more elongated as the miles accumulate: timelessness. 

I run to feel alive, 

I run to escape the pain of living fully,

I run to feel as the birds do in flight above raging seas or an ocean made of glass pink sunsets. 

The feeling is indescribable: my pulse in rhythm with my breath, and blood infusing with oxygen like the roots of a tree in a spiraling interwoven masterpiece. 

These are the moments I feel the untamed freedom of aloneness. 

Nothing between me and the fire of my thoughts: or the gentle wind of my run-dream hallucinations. 

The world is at my fingertips, 

I am strong and fiercely unstoppable.

My running body knows no end, nor does it even remember a beginning. Present fully in the here and now, and this is the only subtle glimpse of this very moment I will ever experience. 

Rewind to the beginning: running changed my life. 

I started running what I thought was only a few miles with my dearest and most cherished friend. She was the greatest four-legged companion who loved more unconditionally than any being I have ever encountered. She and I would explore the seemingly endless beige battered trails — freedom, both of us unleashed: our tiny frames felt limitless. I was young, and feeling broken, but these moments running wild on the trails of Santiago canyon set my heart on fire. 

Later I found that our beloved daily run on the streets of Mission Viejo was far more than just a few miles. My darling husky-mut and I were running nine-miles in just under an hour and a half, thinking I was traveling at snails pace for a three-mile jaunt. When the veil of the distance unraveled from my eyes, I did not realize that from that moment on, my life had completely changed: I would run forever and running would save me. 

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Needless to say, it did. I ran and ran. Months and years accumulated, and I ran nearly every day religiously. Not because I had to, because it was my only taste of freedom and over-flowing white light: I had something to look forward to, even when the moments of stress and darkness enveloped me. On those rare occasions of needing to skip a run, my body longs for its daily kiss with freedom. 

Some days I run a mile or two, other days 30 or more. In the misery of the moments beholding 10 miles times three, four, or five, my body becomes one with my soul. Or perhaps it is better to say that my soul seems to transcend my body. 

There is magic in the misery: carbon consciousness holds no power over the transcendental runners-high. I run with a hunger to feel more alive, and those moments in steady stride remind me how precious life is. What a wild and rare gift it is to even exist.

Ashley McComb

Yosemite National Park


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REGISTRATION FOR SLO ULTRA NOW OPEN. On September 1, 2018, join us for an epic day of trail running, live music, BBQ and more! Pick your race - 50K Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) State Trail Championship, cross country half marathon or a 5K run. Plus kids races! Racers can register HERE.

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ABOUT RACE SLO

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

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

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