Maximize your final weeks of training with Cal Poly alum and professional athlete / coach Ben Bruce

2015 SLO Half Marathon champion, Cal Poly alum, NCAA All-American, Big West Champion and current professional athlete for the HOKA ONE ONE Northern Arizona Elite team has teamed up with the SLO Marathon + Half to create simple and effective training plans for participants.

Leveraging the innovative Final Surge coaching platform plans are available for $29.95 on the SLO Marathon + Half registration portal powered by Race Roster.

I was excited to write these plans as I attended college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My wife Stephanie went to rival school UC Santa Barbara, but we have put that behind us and LOVE the entire Central Coast. Having gone to Cal Poly, I am very familiar with the course and in fact I have run every inch of it at some point in time. The course even goes past the three places I lived in while calling #RaceSLO Town home! — Ben Bruce

As you prepare for the race, remember that being constant in training is more important than any one workout. So if you miss a day here and there, do not beat yourself up, just get laced back up and move forward. Just as important in ensuring your success, know that one great workout or one bad workout is not going to make or break your performance come race day. It is the accumulation of the easy runs, the long runs, the specific workouts and being mentally positive that will get you fully prepared for the best experience. — Ben Bruce

Four plans are available to choose from:

  • Half Marathon (beginner): This plan is geared towards runners who are taking on their first half marathon or have not been running for a long time. Mileage range on the plan will be around 20–30 miles a week with options to make it slightly more or less. The main goal of this plan is to get to race day feeling confidant you can complete the 13.1 mile distance.
  • Half Marathon (intermediate): Runner should have some experience at the half marathon or at a minimum raced the 10k — 10mile distance. Is comfortable running 30+ mile weeks regularly. Mileage can be adjusted up to 50–60 miles per week.
  • Marathon (beginner): Runner should have at a minimum some experience at the Half Marathon distance. Is comfortable running 20–40 miles a week regularly.
  • Marathon (intermediate): Runner should have some experience at the Half Marathon. Is comfortable running 30–40+ mile weeks regularly. Mileage can be adjusted up to 50–70 miles per week.

You can follow Ben & Stephanie Bruce at:

<a href=””></a>


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 GranFondo cycling & 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.

Come experience the best the California Central Coast has to offer: year-round sunshine, rolling green hills, unspoiled open roads, first class finish lines and more. Come Race SLO: #EnduranceTownUSA!

Visit for more information.