$10,000 grant award for youth program presented at Running USA 2017 Conference in Orlando, FL

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (February 27, 2017) — At the Running USA 2017 Conference in Orlando, Fla., Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading endurance sports event producer, was presented the Running USA Youth Program Award on stage during the Hall of Champions Awards Dinner on Sunday, February 26.

Race SLO’s Grizzly Run Club was recognized by Running USA, a leading industry organization, for its impactful community training program that was launched in August 2012 in partnership with the Grizzly Youth Academy (GYA), a local residential high school program for at-risk teenage students. To-date, 434 cadet students have successfully completed their first half-marathon and 537 have also finished a 10K race as part of the Grizzly Run Club’s success.

“We are so honored and deeply grateful to be recognized by our industry peers and receive the national youth program award and its accompanying $10,000 grant,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO. “In all Race SLO’s contributions to our community, I am most proud of our Grizzly Run Club. Teaching these underprivileged teenagers to embrace the athlete’s life of discipline, focused work and rewards changes their lives forever. This grant allows us to further our company mission and legacy by providing running gear for our cadets as well as support our Run Club’s alumni after they graduate.”

The Running USA Youth Program Award provides a $10,000 grant to one national youth program each year at the Running USA conference. The annual award goes to the program that best advocates the benefits of youth running, collaborates to combat obesity and supports family & youth health initiatives.

Race SLO CEO, Samantha Pruitt, with the 2016 Running USA Youth Program Award.

Past Running USA Youth Program Award winner: 2015, Kids of STEEL, P3R, Pittsburgh, PA

For more GYA information, go to: grizzlyyouthacademy.org

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Established in 2008 to bring world class sporting events to the beautiful California Central Coast, the Race SLO 2017 event line-up includes the 6th SLO Marathon + Half and 5K (Spring 2017), the NEW Healthy Running Sports Medicine Conference (Spring 2017), SLO Ultra trail races & NEW Mountain Bike Race at Wild Cherry Canyon (Fall 2017) and SLO GranFondocycling & VIP event (Fall 2017).

The Race SLO Team organizes and produces both fun & competitive running and cycling events that create a positive impact on both our participants and local communities.

Our mission: Through human experiences, we create social & economic impact to share our legacy.

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