New Corporate Relay Team Challenge at 2019 SLO Half Marathon

Sponsored by Morris & Garritano, the corporate challenge promotes employee wellness and team-building skills

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The region's largest community fitness festival, produced by the Central Coast's endurance sport leader Race SLO, is slated for the weekend of April 26-28 at the Madonna Meadows in San Luis Obispo. Runners, walkers and fit fans of all ages and levels are welcome to join one of the six weekend events. New to the expanding line up this year is the inaugural YogaMusic Fest Friday night and Sunday Corporate Relay Team Half Marathon Challenge. Also new this year will be on-site childcare provided by Race Rugrats.

Morris & Garritano is the sponsor of the Corporate Relay Team Half Marathon Challenge. The half marathon course is a tour of San Luis Obispo starting and finishing at Madonna Inn Meadows. Male, female and coed teams of 2 or 3 persons will split a 3-leg half marathon distance of 13.1 miles, competing for the corporate cup, along with bragging rights, while promoting both teamwork and a healthy lifestyle. Companies and gyms that sign up for the corporate relay challenge will also receive a 50 percent discount for their business vendor booth  so they can promote themselves to the 3,500 athletes and 7,000 spectators during the three day Race SLO Fitness Festival.

"We've always promoted health and wellness as part of our corporate culture, so it was a natural fit to partner with Race SLO to encourage other companies and community groups to do the same,” said Gabe Garcia, Morris & Garritano CFO and a SLO Marathon legacy runner. “We've been involved with the SLO marathon and half marathon since its first year and are happy to continue the tradition."

To get their teams both inspired and trained, a local eight-week training program for all levels is available for only $75, sponsored by RaceSLO, the San Luis Distance Club and Headstrong Fit. The discount training program fee includes a SLO Distance Club 2019 Membership, 8-week training program for half marathon, half marathon relay teams and 5K, coach-led workouts each Wednesday evening (Cal Poly Track) and Saturday mornings (in San Luis Obispo), plus clinics, socials and a SLO branded training shirt. Kick-off and sign-up is on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 a.m. at Scout Coffee on Foothill Boulevard. Registration is also available now at the SLO Distance Club website. This program is for beginners all the way through competitive athletes.

“Though we have seen a drop in full marathon 26.2 runners in the last few years, we have also heard a demand for more variety and more community engagement programs. With our other races thriving, we decided it was time to double down on our mission of “creating meaningful experiences for people to build their best bodies & lives through endurance sports, outside adventure and human connection.” Adding events for people to be on teams, exposing our fans to new activities and new people, while upping our community impact has really fired us up for 2019! Wait until we announce our new Fall line-up at SLO Ultra!” said Samantha Pruitt, RaceSLO founder and CEO.   

For more information about the Race SLO Fitness Festival, and to register for the YogaMusic Fest, SLO Half Marathon, Half Marathon relay, Corporate Relay, 5K and Kids races visit

About Race SLO

Established in 2008 to bring world-class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO family of events includes the SLO Half Marathon, Half Relay and Family 5K & Kids Races plus new SLO YogaMusic Fest (Spring) as well as the new SLO County Ultra Games and the SLO Ultra Trail Races (Fall). Race SLO sponsors community run and fitness training programs, supports sporting event projects nationwide, produces a health and fitness blog, plus hosts the popular Endurance Town USA Podcast, all while raising funds for local nonprofits: Jack’s Helping Hand, The Land Conservancy of SLO, SLO County Parks and Grizzly Youth Academy. Over the last 10 years, Race SLO has helped raise and donated over $250,000 to nonprofits in the community.

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Photo by Luis Escobar


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