SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 11 (7:00 AM/8:30 AM/9:30 AM) – PACIFIC PREMIER PASO ROBLES HALF MARATHON & 5K
These races start and finish in the Downtown City Park on Spring Street in Paso Robles. Runners in the half marathon enjoy a tour of the city center before heading out towards the hills of wine country. The entry fee includes a short-sleeve tech unisex shirt, bib timing, awards, aid stations, and a well-marked course. The 5K is two paved loops through downtown Paso Robles while the Family Mile and SLO County Elementary School Championship race are a paved loop around City Park for young runners, and families who want to race. Parking is free but limited so please carpool.
The pending schedule: 6:00 AM – Packet pick-up begins; 7:00 AM – Half Marathon start; 8:30 AM – 5K start; 9:30 AM – Family Mile/County Championship Mile; 10:00 AM – Kids’ Dash; 10:30 AM – Awards.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 – FRIENDS OF LOPEZ LAKE TURKEY TROT
These runs will take place at Lopez Lake with an official address of 6800 Lopez Lake Drive, Arroyo Grande. There will be a mile for youth, a 5K, and a 10K, all on trails. It is conducted by the Friends of Lopez Lake, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of Lopez Lake and which promotes and supports recreational, environmental, and educational activities. Park entrance is not included with event fee and there is a charge of $10.00 per vehicle and $3.00 per pet payable at the park entrance. The runs will be held rain or shine and there is plenty of parking so come spend the day at Lopez Lake. Registration is through www.active.com.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18 (2:00 P.M.) – ARROYO GRANDE YOUTH TURKEY TROT:
A series of races by grade level for boys and girls, starting with 1/8 mile for kindergarten and below up through a mile for 7th & 8th grades. The races will be held at Arroyo Grande High School, 495 Valley Road at the track. Boys and girls run separately with a turkey to the race winner, a chicken to the runner-up, and a cornish game hen for third in each race. Sign-ups are at the AGHS track prior to the races.
Co-sponsored by the Lions Club and the Arroyo Grande Parks & Recreation Dept., 473-5474.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:30 A.M.) – AVILA BEACH TURKEY TROT:
This event will have a 5 mile run and 2 mile walk. Check-in is at The Promenade on Front Street and the courses will go out-and-back along the Bob Jones bike trail. A donation of $20 is suggested and the money will go to the Food Bank Coalition. More information is available on the Food Bank web site at www.slofoodbank.org/events/turkey-trot or by calling (805) 238-4664.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (8:30 A.M.) – PISMO BEACH TURKEY TROT:
Start and finish on the sand on the south side of the Pismo Beach pier and choose from distances of one mile, 5K, & 10K. There is no entry fee but donations are welcome and the money will go to the Food Bank Coalition. T-shirts will be on sale for $15. More information is available on the Food Bank web site at www.slofoodbank.org/events/turkey-trot, by calling (805) 238-4664, or at www.southcountyturkeytrot.com.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22 (9:00 A.M.) – CITY OF SAN LUIS OBISPO GOBBLE WOBBLE
Get your Thanksgiving started with a 5K Fun Run or 2.5K walk at the Laguna Lake Golf Course at 11175 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Sponsored by the City of San Luis Obispo Recreation Department, 781-7305. Bring a non-perishable item to donate to the SLO Food Bank Coalition. Register through www.active.com.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 (8:00 A.M.) – SPOONER’S COVE MONTANA DE ORO TRAIL RUNS (5M/8M/25K/37K/50K)
This is part of the Coastal Trail Run series designed to provide quality trail running experiences. Check-in, start, and finish at Spooner’s Cove in Montana de Oro State Park, 2828 Pecho Valley Road (Los Osos).
Enjoy views of rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and the ocean at the “Mountain of Gold”. The 5 mile course has minimal climbing and runs along the bluffs. For impressive views of the ocean and inland mountains, the 8 mile course will bring you up the 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. The 25 km course consists of two loops, the 8 mi route and then the grassy summit of Hazard Peak or complete the 25K twice for a 50K day. There are T-shirts to all entrants, refreshments, medals to the first male and female overall, and to the top three in each age group. Check the web site at www.coastaltrailruns.com to register.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 1, 2019 – PISMO PIER 5K & POLAR PLUNGE:
Start the New Year off with the third annual New Year’s Day Pismo Pier 5K & Polar Plunge. The run will take place entirely on the beach and start and finish at the foot of the historic Pismo Beach Pier and there will be a separate run for small children. As a bonus, you will have the opportunity to earn your “Pismo to Plunge” headband by taking the plunge into the ocean after you finish the run. Michael Moore, https://liveyourwild.com
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5, 2019 (8:00 A.M.) – LA CUESTA RANCH TRAIL RUNS (10K, 25K, 50K):
Directed by Luis Escobar, these runs will take place at the La Cuesta Ranch just outside of San Luis Obispo at 2400 Loomis Road. The ranch backs up to Poly Canyon and the West Cuesta Ridge. This is a working ranch and the start/finish area will be at the ranch barn. This event features 100% dirt trails and ranch roads with fantastic views of the West Cuesta Ridge. Complete information and registration is at www.allwedoisrun.com.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 6, 2019 – BRITTNI AND BRYNN FLOWER RUN:
The Brittni and Brynn Flower Run will take place at Santa Margarita Lake, 4695 Santa Margarita Lake Road, Santa Margarita. The 10K run course is 20 percent paved and 80 percent dirt with several challenging hills over an out-and-back course along the shoreline of the lake. The walk is approximately 1.6 miles and follows a portion of the run course, including two hills.
The event is a fundraiser for the Run 4 Brittni and Brynn Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing scholarships to graduating high school athletes on the Central Coast, to providing athletic shoes for high school athletes who need them, to supporting youth and high school sports, and to promoting community garden and open space projects. Registration will be through Active.com. For more information, visit Run4BittiAndBrynn.org.