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Hundreds compete in SLO Ultra, run new course

Posted at 6:11 PM, Sep 01, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-01 21:11:12-04

More than 850 runners came out to compete in the SLO Ultra trail races Saturday, running a new course built in partnership with private property owners.

The third annual event moved to El Chorro Regional Park and the Dairy Creek Event Center. Race SLO partnered with SLO County Parks, The Land Conservancy of SLO and private land owners to create a 50K, half marathon and 5K course through public and private land.

“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," said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO founder and CEO.

Along with local competitors, runners from across the state came out to compete in the 50K Road Runners Club of America State Trail Championship.

For those who were just out to watch and support, organizers held a free Race SLO Dirt Festival with Cuesta Ridge Band live music, vendors, food and beer.

Several locals walked away with first place awards. Pepe Gonzales, 25 of Paso Robles, won the 5K, Rob Mead, 30 of Templeton, won the half marathon and Brian Tinder, 38 of Flagstaff, won the 50K.

For the full results, click here