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.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12 (8:00 A.M.) – CASTLE TO COAST EIGHT MILE RUN:
Enjoy 8.2 miles of beautiful ocean views on this point to point course, which begins at Hearst San Simeon State Park, 442 San Simeon Road, just north of San Simeon, and end at Shamel Park in Cambria. Shuttles will be provided back to the start. Entries are limited to the first 300 to register and proceeds help support Cuesta College XC. Register through www.active.com. Directed by Cuesta cross country coach Brian Locher. See the race web site at www.castletocoast.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2 (9:00 A.M.) – CHAPEL TO CHURCH HALF MARATHON:
The course starts at the San Ramon Chapel at 6601 Foxen Canyon Road in Sisquoc and the 13.1 mile course will take you along scenic country roads to the finish at the St. Louis de Montfort Church in Orcutt. A shuttle will be available to take you to the starting location, leaving from St. Louis de Montfort Church. The entry fee includes a T-shirt, participation medal, medals to place winners, and BBQ lunch. Proceeds benefit Catholic Charities of Santa Maria. Walkers start at 8:00 and runners at 9:00 AM. The web site is www.chapeltochurch.com and registration is through active.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9 (9:00 A.M.) – HEART & SOLES 5K, 10K, & KID’S RUN:
The Cal Poly Triathlon Team is hosting a 5K,10K, and Kids’ run to benefit both the triathlon team and United Way, a non-profit organization focused on improving health and education in the community. This Valentine’s run will include music, prizes, and food so come run or walk Heart & Soles at Laguna Lake Park, 504 Madonna Road in San Luis Obispo. The race web site is at http://heartandsolesrun.com/, registration is through www.eventbrite.com and the e-mail is email@example.com.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 (8:00 AM/8:30 AM) – BUZZ MARATHON, HALF MARATHON, 10K, 5K, & YOUTH MILE:
The Buzz Marathon is at Camp Roberts just north of San Miguel. The course goes through the hills and meadows of the Camp Roberts National Guard Reservation with wildlife and spectacular views. Register online at www.runsignup.com or visit the race site at www.buzzmarathon.org for more information. Proceeds benefit the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen School. Directed by Larry Halderman, Lillian Larsen School, 1601 “L” Street, San Miguel, 93451. A RealID approved identification will be required to enter Camp Roberts along with vehicle registration and proof of insurance.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2 (8:00 A.M.) – HARES & HOUNDS 5K, MILE, & HALF MILE:
The race is at Atascadero Lake Park, 9305 Pismo Avenue just off Highway 41 West with the start and finish at the Park Pavilion. The 5K will be at 8:00 AM followed by a fun run mile at 8:45 AM, a half mile at 9:00, and the awards ceremony at 9:30. Awards are three-deep in 14 five-year age divisions for the 5K, medals in the mile and half mile, plus refreshments and raffle prizes (must be present to win). The event is a fundraiser for the Greyhound Athletic Foundation which supports athletic programs at Atascadero HS. The race is organized by K-Man Cycle & Run, 9530 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 93422. Register at www.active.com and get more information from www.haresnhounds.org.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 (6:00 A.M.) – SANTA BARBARA NINE TRAILS 35 MILE ENDURANCE RUN:
This event will be at 1150 San Roque Road in Santa Barbara with big climbs, great views, and technical trails. The Nine Trails is a challenging course for trail runners of every ability. The trails are steep, rocky, and long with more than 10,000’ of vertical gain and descent packed into the 35 miles. Athletes attempting this course should be prepared for long, slow sections with no support. Directed by Luis Escobar, www.allwedoisrun.com.