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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 9 (7:30/7:50/8:10/8:30 A.M.) – MONTANA DE ORO TRAIL RUNS (50K, 36K, Half Marathon, 12K):
This is part of the Pacific Coast Trail Run series designed to provide quality trail running experiences. The check-in, start, and finish are at Spooner’s Cove in Montana de Oro State Park, 2826 Pecho Valley Road (Los Osos). All courses are hilly ones on trails through the park and offer a mix of rugged, rocky cliffs, coastal plains, sandy beaches, and streams. Check the web site https://www.pacificcoasttrailruns.com/event-calendar for complete information and to register.
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.
SATURDAY, MARCH 23 (8:30 AM) – SAN LUIS OBISPO HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO 5K:
The SLO Health and Fitness Expo 5K starts and finishes at the Alex Madonna Expo Center at 100 Madonna Road. It offers beautiful views of San Luis Obispo along the SLO bike path up a mountain trail and back to the Expo Center. The Fitness Expo encourages walkers and runners of all abilities to come enjoy the healthy lifestyle of the central coast.
Pre-registration can be done through the web site at http://inspiredexpos.com/5k-run/. Awards will go to the top men and women to finish. Proceeds benefit Project Teen Health, a childhood obesity prevention program operated by the Community Action Partnership. If you have questions, call 772-4600 or e-mail 5Krun@simplyclearmarketing.com.
SUNDAY, MARCH 31 (8:00/8:15/9:15 A.M.) – WINE COUNTRY HALF MARATHON, 5K, & KID’S GRAPE STOMP:
The race will start and finish at the CaliPaso Winery at 4230 Buena Vista Drive in Paso Robles. The course takes you over rolling hills, through picturesque vineyards, and along the Salinas River. After the race, enjoy breakfast, music, a raffle, and the awards ceremony. All runners receive a tech T-shirt and the male and female winners of the half marathon win their weight in wine. Medals and a wine glass to all half marathon finishers and awards to the top three in 13 age groups in both races. The half marathon begins at 8:00 (walkers at 7:15), the 5K at 8:15, and the Grape Stomp half mile for ages 10 & under at 9:15 AM. The race web site is www.winecountryruns.com and you can register at www.active.com.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 (6:30 AM/8:30 AM/9:30 AM) – TAR SPRINGS RANCH ULTRA (50K/25K/10K):
The Tar Springs Ranch Ultra is back for its second year. Experience the beauty of this ranch, located southeast of Arroyo Grande in the Huasna Valley. The course offers a variety of terrain with oak trees, open valleys, and majestic views. Race organizers will have camping, food, entertainment, and some wonderful trails. There will be gender specific tech shirts, a custom finisher’s mug, post-race meal, awards to the top 3 plus age groups, course support and aid stations. The web site for information and entry is https://runsignup.com/Race/CA/ArroyoGrande/TarSpringsRanchUltra and the location is the Tar Springs Ranch, 7757 Huasna Road in Arroyo Grande (also listed in some places as 8360 Huasna Road).
Coastal Thrivers – New event
SATURDAY, APRIL 6 (9:00 A.M.) – COASTAL THRIVERS 5K BEACH RUN, WALK, & WELLNESS FAIR:
Meet at the Addie Street parking lot at 100 Park Avenue in Pismo Beach, a few blocks south of the pier. 5K participants will receive a T-Shirt, finishers medal, and refreshments. To be guaranteed the shirt and medal, participants must enter the 5K before the cut-off date of March 1. The 5K race will start at 9:00 AM and the 5K walk will begin ten minutes later. No strollers, pets, or headphones are allowed for the safety of all participants. The Wellness Fair will go from 8:00 AM-1:00 PM and will have informational vendors, music, and social support. Race registration is through active.com which has more information about the event and the Coastal Thrivers purpose and philosophy.