SATURDAY, AUGUST 25 (8:00 A.M.) – 30TH DUNE RUN 5K RUN, 5K WALK, & 10K RUN
Runners and walkers of all ages will enjoy this diverse course along city streets, the beach boardwalk, hard packed sand, and soft sand dunes. T-shirts will go to the first 100 to register and awards to the top two finishers in many age categories in both races. Start and finish at Ramona Gardens Park at 993 Ramona Avenue in Grover Beach. The race is part of the Stone Soup Festival featuring food, vendors, and music. Conducted by the Parks & Recreation Dept., 154 South 8th Street, Grover Beach, 93433, 473-4580. Register through the city’s web site at www.groverbeach.org.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 26 (8:15 AM) – DIONYSUS DASH 5K:
This run takes place at the Vina Robles Winery at 3700 Mill Road in Paso Robles. The course goes through the vineyards and is for novice and avid runners as well as wine tasters and walkers. Be prepared for a trail run through dirt, rocks, and grass. Those under 21 can run but are not eligible for the wine tasting or awards. The schedule is as follows: 6:30 AM – Winery gates open; 6:30-7:30 AM – Race packet pickup; 8:15 AM – Race time with wine tasting to follow. Register on www.eventbrite.com and e-mail questions to email@example.com.. Their Facebook page ais t https://www.facebook.com/DionysusDash.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (6:00 AM/7:30 AM/8:30 AM/9:30 AM) – SLO ULTRAS
This event will consist of trail runs at four different distances – a 50 mile (6:00 AM start), a 26.2 mile trail marathon (7:30 AM start), a 13.1 mile half marathon (8:30 AM start), and a 5Kcross country course (9:30 AM start). All four distances are made up of pristine coastal rolling hills over fire roads with some single track connectors.
For entry fees, course descriptions, cutoff times, and other information, see complete details at sloultra.com. New courses and new location this year. The SLO Ultra will start and finish at the Dairy Creek Event Center at El Chorro County Park and offer access to the private trails of SLO County Parks, Cal Poly, and Camp San Luis Obispo.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 (7:45 A.M.) – A.F.S. PINEDORADO DAYS 5K:
This race is part of Cambria’s Pinedorado Days celebration and runs along a course that follows the Pinedorado parade route. The race, which takes place just before the parade, starts and finishes at Coast Union High School, 2950 Santa Rosa Creek Road in Cambria with registration opening at 7:00 AM. The entry fee is $15 without a shirt and $20 with one. It is a fundraiser for Coast Union’s American Field Service program and is directed by Sharon Bisso (995-1432) and Marcia Hilger (927-4965).
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (6:15 P.M.) – RUNNING WAREHOUSE PUB RUN #6:
This is the last one in the Running Warehouse series of pub runs. There is no registration fee and the runs will be 3-4 miles (untimed). Each run will have a shoe sponsor offering the opportunity to test out their latest footwear and the run will be followed by a raffle and refreshments. Tonight’s run is hosted by New Balance and takes place at the Madonna Inn in San Luis Obispo. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 548-2049. .
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:30 A.M.) – ANTHONY’S “SEEING IS BELIEVING” 5K:
This race will take place on the sand in Pismo Beach with registration at the Addie Street parking lot south of the pier. It is a fundraiser for the eye disease LCA and is named in honor of Anthony, a student who suffers from this disease which causes blindness. Register online at ultrasignup.com or mail your registration form to Post Office Box 2603, Pismo Beach, 93448. There will also be awards and a raffle with tickets available at $1 each. Further information is available at (661) 331-8714, by e-mail at email@example.com, or at http://anthonysseeingisbelieving.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:30 A.M.) – LOS ALAMOS OLD DAYS 5K STAMPEDE:
This race is part of the Old Days Celebration and is sponsored by Cal Swoosh Sports and the Los Alamos Men’s Club. The start, finish, and registration (from 8:00-9:15 AM) will be on Bell Street at Ferrini Park and the race will be run over a scenic loop course in town and through Los Alamos Park, finishing prior to the start of the parade. The race entry fee is $25 which includes a race t-shirt while supplies last. There will be awards to the top three in seven age divisions and a trophy to the first overall male and female finishers. This is a fundraiser for Cal Swoosh, which helps underprivileged youth play sports. Directed by Coy Kendrick, Cal Swoosh, P.O. Box 1521, Atascadero, 93423, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 (8:45 A.M.) – PATCH ME IF YOU CAN 5K:
This event will take place at The Patch, a new pumpkin patch located at 6271 Dominion Road in Santa Maria. This race is organized by high school students and proceeds from this race will contribute to youth scholarships. The Patch is located at Los Flores Ranch Park with 1,700 acres of unique trails and views. Two 5K’s in one with separate starts – an advanced run along with a beginners/intermediate walk/run. Check-in starts at 7:30, the advanced run begins at 8:50, and the beginner/intermediate section starts at 9:00. Course information is available at thepatchsantamaria.com. It is the responsibility of participants to record their race time as your time will not be recorded by staff. Bring a water bottle as this race is a bottle-free race. Participants may register on race day for $25.00 (day-of registrants will not receive a t-shirt). Pre-registration is through active.com.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 (9:00 A.M.) – NIPOMO OCTOBER FESTIVAL FOUR MILE RUN & TWO MILE WALK
This run will be held at Nipomo Regional Park, 555 Pomeroy Street in Nipomo (at Tefft & Pomeroy). The four mile course is out and back and there is a two mile walk over the same route with an earlier turnaround. There will be no awards at this non-competitive run but there will be raffle prizes with the drawing at 8:30 AM prior to the race (winners must be present) and post-race refreshments. Proceeds benefit youth programs in Nipomo. There will be plenty of activities, including music, food, and craft booths in the park after the race as part of the October Festival The run is being organized by the Nipomo Recreation Department, 239 West Tefft Street (Post Office Box 346), Nipomo, 93444, 929-5437, www.nipomorecreation.org. Funds raised from this event go to benefit local youth recreation and sports programs in the Five Cities.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 (7:00/7:30 A.M.) – CITY TO THE SEA HALF MARATHON (13.1 miles) & SEASIDE 5K (3.1 miles)
The half marathon starts at 7:00 AM in downtown San Luis Obispo at Higuera & Court Streets and follows country roads to Dinosaur Caves Park in Pismo Beach. The entry fee includes an event T-shirt, breakfast buffet, entertainment, and post-race shuttle service. The 5K starts at 7:30 AM and takes place at Dinosaur Caves Park and has all of the above benefits including breakfast. Proceeds go to the Cuesta College cross country and track programs. For more information, call (805) 546-3100 Ext. 2507 or go to www.citytothesea.org. Directed by Cuesta cross country and track coach Brian Locher, Cuesta College, Post Office Box 8106, San Luis Obispo, 93403-8106.