Foot races, including 5Ks, marathons and fun runs, will be coming to the North County in the coming months, benefiting a variety of nonprofit causes:
The Buzz Marathon in San Miguel
Runners will take to the trails on the historic Camp Roberts Army National Guard Reservation in San Miguel on February 16. The 19th Annual Buzz Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and features an out-and-back course on paved road with dirt and packed gravel shoulders. The course features rolling hills and breathtaking views of oak-studded hillsides, the Salinas and Nacimiento Rivers, and Central Coast wildlife. In the past, the race has been likened to a trail run, according to the event’s organizers. Child care is available by request. The base museum and annex will be open during the race with some military vehicles for public viewing. All proceeds go toward funding the athletic programs at Lillian Larsen Elementary School.
Date: February 16
Register here: runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceId=7838
Cost: $75 marathon, $65 half, $40 10K, $25 5K, $10 Under 12 Mile
Where: Camp Roberts
Hares ‘N’ Hounds 5k and Fun Run March 2, 2019 in Atascadero
The Atascadero Greyhound Foundation presents the all-ages, family friendly Hares ‘N’ Hounds 5K and Fun Run on March 2. The money raised will help the organization fund its community-based programs and yearly operations. Local organizations are encouraged to use the event for their own fundraising efforts through individual and group sponsorships. The 5K course is a “certified loop run” that starts and finishes at the same spot at Atascadero Lake. The 1-Mile and 1/2-Mile runs are out and back from the same start as the 5K. There are no road closures so good traffic awareness is important.
Date: March 2
Cost: 5K $30; 1-mile run $15; Half-mile run $15
Where: Atascadero Lake Park
Montaña de Oro Trail Run
Strike your feet against gold on March 9 at Pacific Coast Trail Runs’ Montaña de Oro Trail Run. Jog in full stride through a mix of rugged, rocky cliffs, coastal plains, sandy beaches and streams. The start/finish line for all distances will be at Spooner’s Cove Beach. This year, the race will feature the brand new “Three Peaks” course, named after Hazard, Valencia, and Oat’s peaks. Take in some epic views of the Pacific Ocean, nearby beaches, and Morro Bay before crossing the finish line. Then settle in for post-race barbecue that offers tacos, fajitas, sliders, and more.
Date: March 9
Register here: ultrasignup.com/register.aspx?did=62601
Cost: $109 50K, $99 36K, $65 Half-marathon, $55 12K,
Where: Montaña de Oro State Park
Wine Country Runs Half Marathon Run/Walk and 5K in Paso Robles
There’s stomping good fun along the Salinas River on March 31 at the annual Wine Country Runs Half Marathon & 5K. The event benefits North San Luis Obispo County charitable organizations and youth sports. Run next to row after row of wine grapes along Buena Vista Drive and Circle B Road. Each participant will receive a Tech-Fabric T-shirt, breakfast and goodie bag. All half-marathon runners and walkers that complete the course will receive a medal and commemorative wine glass. The half-marathon and 5K are presented by IQMS Manufacturing Software, Cass Vineyard and Winery, and La Quinta Inns and Suites.
Date: March 31
Cost: Half $75; 5K $40; Kids Grape Stomp $20
Where: CaliPaso Winery
Tent City Marathon April 7 in Atascadero
The Atascadero Printery Foundation’s Tent City Marathon is set to attract a variety of competitive and fun runners on April 7. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the foundation’s efforts toward preserving and rehabilitating Atascadero’s historic Printery Building into a community center for the Arts and Sciences. Participants will be treated to free race photos, “finishers beer or cupcakes,” on-course entertainment, multiple on-course aid stations, and a racers “TLC” tent for Post Mileage Yoga, foam roller area, and massages. The race expo at Atascadero’s Sunken Gardens will offer local beer, good eats, and the latest in running and fitness resources.
Date: April 7
Cost: Marathon $90; Half $75; 10K $55; 5K $45; Fun Run $40
Where: Sunken Gardens
11th Annual Paso Robles Dog Jog
You and your furry, four-legged friends are invited to join Sherwood Dog Park volunteers on a 2K, 4K, or 10K jog or walk through the lush Vina Robles Vineyard at the 11th Annual Dog Jog on Saturday, May 4. After the jog, listen to live music as you enjoy lunch, wine tasting and tour the event expo comprised of local, dog loving vendors, silent auction and dog contests. Participation in this fundraiser is a great way to “actively” help support the ongoing maintenance and improvements for the Sherwood Dog Park located in Paso Robles. Registration for this event is already open.
Date: May 4
Register here: parks4pups.org or call (805) 239-9326
Cost: $30 pre, $35 day of event
Where: Vina Robles Vineyard
Miracle Miles For Kids in Morro Bay/Cayucos
The Family Care Network presents Miracle Miles for Kids on May 11. The 10K (6.2) mile race course runs along the water’s edge from Morro Rock to Cayucos Pier. All money raised from the event will go toward foster care children in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara County in need of support and services. Around 2,000 at-risk children, youth and families are served by the Family Care Network annually and Miracle Miles helps support those efforts. One-way transportation for participants will be provided by shuttles from the finish line area near the Vet’s Hall parking lot back to the start line area in Morro Bay. A Bag Drop will be available at the start line area for participants to place belongings. All participants will be treated to a post-race party with live music, breakfast, and vendor fair.
Date: May 11
Register here: Coming soon
Cost: Coming soon
Where: Starts at Morro Rock, end at Cayucos Pier
LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Day
The LIGHTHOUSE 5K Benefit Fun Run and Family Fun Day will feature an amazing race course for runners and walkers. Participants may choose to run or walk this challenging 5K course through the vineyard. There will be a kids 1/2 mile race following the finish of the 5K run as well as a 100-yard dash for those age 6 and under. Enjoy the Family Activity Area: bounce house, face painting, and crafts. Stay for the raffle prizes, breakfast burritos and rock out to music from DJ Guy Cooper. The Pomar Junction Tasting Room will also be open to the public.
Date: June 1
Register here: Coming soon
Cost: Coming soon
Where: Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery