San Luis Obispo Health & Fitness Expo and 5K, March 24, 2012

Ok…seriously? Biggest Loser Winner John Rhode will be running this 5K! It is all part of the Central Coast’s largest health and fitness expo. The expo runs from Saturday March 24th to Sunday the 25th from 10am to 4pm at the Alex Madonna Expo Center. The expo is sure to be awesome. Check out the San Luis Obispo Health & Fitness Expo!

Now for the 5K!
When: Saturday March 24th. 8:30am race start.
Where: Alex Madonna Expo Center
Course: 5K:take the Highway 101 Bike Path up to Madonna Mountain & back up to the Alex Madonna Expo Center.
Register: Online
Fees: $25 pre-registration. $30 race day.

SLO Health & Fitness Expo Facebook Page.

John Rhode will not only be running the 5K, but on Saturday March 24th at 1:45pm he’ll be sharing his story at the expo.

Run Paso

There is a great group of ladies up in Paso Robles that like to get together and run. They are ‘Run Paso’ and are currently training for the SLO marathon to support The Wellness Community in Paso Robles. It’s a local organization that provides free cancer support to patients, caregivers and loved ones. Seriously…check them out!

Lopez Lake Spring Splash, March 18, 2012

The Friends of Lopez Lake are sponsoring the Spring Splash Fun Run coming up in March! Here are the details:

When: Sunday March 18, 2012. 8am race start.
Where: Lopez Lake County Park, 6800 Lopez Drive, Arroyo Grande, CA
Distances: 10K, 5K and Tiny Mile for runners 6 and under.
Register: Online, or registration forms are available at the ranger station at Lopez Lake

Friends of Lopez Lake (FOLL) Facebook page

Dog Jog, March 24, 2012

Do you have a dog? That likes to jog? Or walk? Or be outdoors? And, do you want to benefit the Sherwood Dog Park of Paso Robles? Then bring your pup to the ‘Dog Jog’ in Paso Robles! You can run or walk with your dog for 4K or 2K along the beautiful Salinas River walk trail. Racers receive a goodie bag with products from local vendors, an event dog bandana, and a medal. There are also prizes of ‘best dog-owner look alike’, ‘best dressed’, ‘tallest dog’, ‘shortest dog’, and ‘most unusual tail’. I think you can even rent a dog for the race!

The details:
When: Saturday March 24, 2012. 9am race start. 10am contest prizes.
Where: Kennedy Fitness Club in Paso Robles, 500 South River Road
Fee: $15 until March 21, $20 through race day.
Register: Online, Mail-in, or at Kennedy Fitness Club in Paso Robles.
More Information

The Bob Jones Trail

A friend asked me yesterday how long the Bob Jones trail was and I couldn’t give her an immediate response. The thing is, I should know this. We have gone on this trail several times. Walking. Strollering. Running. And Biking (with kids). So, I had to get to the bottom of this simple question.

Bob Jones Trail:
Distance: 2.3 Miles from the Bike Trail Start Parking Lot off Ontario Road to Avila Beach. This MAP says it all.
Trail Type: The trail is paved the entire way from the parking lot to the beach. It is wide and open for bikes, pedestrians and strollers. Lots of strollers. Lots more info here.

If you are looking for a family friendly paved trail, you’ve got to try this one. There are several benches along the way to rest and the kids love ending at the beach to play. Your kids will thank you.

Move to Build 5K/10K, Saturday February 25, 2012

The Move to Build Race is a 5K/10K walk/run put on by Cal Poly to raise awareness and fund the PolyHouse Project. You’ve seen the reality TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”, right? The PolyHouse project kind of does the same thing, but around here! This is a great opportunity to run and support a great cause!

When: Saturday February 25, 2012. Check-in starts at 9am with the race starting at 10am
Where: Start and Finish at UU Plaza at Cal Poly
Fees: $20 for early registration, $25 for day of registration, $15/person in groups of 4+
You’ll get a free T-shirt, food and prizes.
Register Online: Here
More Information: Move to Build Facebook Page

Take a peek at PolyHouse 2010!

Dean Karnazes Speaking at Cal Poly February 23, 2012

Ever heard of Dean Karnazes?? That’s right, the Ultra Marathon Man himself. Well, he is coming to Cal Poly to speak on Thursday February 23, 2012 from 11am-12pm. He’ll be speaking at The Silo, Building 3 in room 213. I wonder what one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” has to say?

Hares N Hounds 5K and Kids Fun Run, March 10, 2012

This is the 14th year of the Hares N Hounds 5K and Family Fun Day. It is an absolutely fabulous way to support Atascadero High School Athletics. We’ve been running in this race since we moved back to Atascadero in 2008 and it is positively lovely. The 5K course is certified through the USA Track & Field. The kids races are 1/2 Mile and 1 Mile and every finisher gets a medal. For the 5K, medals are awarded 3 deep in each age category with a NEW category this year for the 1st male/female AHS alumni! You can win $500 if you can beat the course record of 14:38 for men or 17:05 for women. And, they have loads of raffle prizes. Now for the details:

Date: Saturday March 10, 2012
To register: Printable Registration and Online Registration.
Entry fees: 5K:$25 (without shirt) or $35 (with shirt) *$30/$40 after 3/4/2012*
1 Mile and/or 1/2-Mile $10 each (without shirt) $20 each (with shirt) *$15/$25 after 3/4/2012*
More Information

Buzz Marathon, February 18, 2012

It’s the Buzz Marathon this Saturday, February 18th. There really aren’t that many full marathons around here, so this is exciting stuff! The details:

Distances: Full Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 5K and a Kid’s 1 Mile Run
Date/Time: Saturday February 18th, 2012. Runners starts at 8:30am and walkers at 6:30am.
Online Registration: Go here
Downloadable Registration: Go here
Where: Camp Roberts near San Miguel, CA. Here is the Course Map
More info: Buzz Marathon Website

Don’t forget that you’ll need some Security Clearance!

Atascadero Firehouse 5K Fun Run and Health Fair, April 21, 2012

Yes! Another race in Atascadero. I’m just loving this. And this race is not just around the lake. We get to run up Pine Mountain and get a little trail action! The race benefits the Atascadero Firefighters Association which is a non-profit organization that financial supports Relay for Life, Student scholarships, Athletic organizations (little league, t-ball, basketball, football, AHS boosters), Alicia Ann Rucsh Burn Foundation (Champ Camp, burn survivor treatment), Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), and Community Events (Winter Wonderland, Colony Days, Emergency Preparedness Fair). But let’s get to the details!

When: Saturday April 21, 2012. 5K race starts at 8:30am. Kids 1/2 Mile starts at 10am.
To register online: Go here!
Where: The race will start and end at the Atascadero Fire Station (6005 Lewis Avenue). The 5K course goes from the Fire Station to the entrance of Stadium Park and up the switch back trail to Pine Mountain loop. Then heads down the Blue Oak Trail and back to the Fire Station.
Fees: 1/2 Mile Kids Run is $5. The 5k is $25 till March 21st and $30 from March 21 to race day. On race day 5K is $35. There is a $5 discount for K-12 students. And there is the Firefighter Team Challenge which is $80 for a team of 4. All runners must be members of a fire department.