Joe Rubio at the Cal Poly #ShareSLO Invite with one of his HOKA ONE ONE Aggies Running Club athletes, Liza


, who had just set a 1500 meter personal record.

Long-time local running coach, leader and businessman will be recognized by Race SLO at a pre-race VIP party and race day ceremony; VIP & Hall of Fame Party to kick off race weekend with cocktail reception & inspirational storytelling; register today to be part of the 6th “Endurance Town USA” experience on April 29–30, 2017

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — (March 28, 2017) — Race SLO, California Central Coast’s leading endurance sports event producer, is proud to announce that Joe Rubio, 2-time Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier, running coach, race director and local Running Warehouse founder & owner, will be inducted into the SLO Marathon Hall of Fame, 6th Class.

Rubio, 54, an All-American runner at Cal Poly, will be feted on Friday, April 28 at the Endurance Town USA VIP & Hall of Fame Party, and on Sunday, April 30, at the 6th SLO Marathon + Half Marathon post-race awards ceremony, he will be inducted into the event’s Hall of Fame.

“We genuinely welcome Joe Rubio as our 6th Hall of Fame Champion as he embodies the very best in our running sport. His long-time passion for & dedication to running and its positive impacts have helped make San Luis Obispo county into our beloved Endurance Town USA,” said Samantha Pruitt, Race SLO Founder & CEO.

Joe Rubio Snapshot

  • Willow Glen High School 1981 graduate, San Jose, CA
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 1987 graduate, 5-time All-American runner
  • Two-time U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier & finisher (1992 & 1996), 2:18 marathoner
  • Long-time HOKA ONE ONE Aggies Running Club coach
  • Founder & owner, Running Warehouse, leading online running specialty store
  • City-to-the Sea Half Marathon and Pozo 5K race founder
  • Cuesta College track & field and cross country patron
  • Wife Jennifer and two daughters Grace & Janey

Endurance Town USA VIP & Hall of Fame Party, Friday, April 28, 5:30pm

This event kicks off Marathon weekend with Friday night cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and inspirational speakers under the Race SLO tent at the iconic Madonna Inn, and also celebrates the 2017 SLO Marathon Hall of Fame inductee Joe Rubio. Ticket includes both drink & hors d’oeuvres and is limited to 200 people. Order VIP tickets HERE.

Hall of Fame Ceremony, Sunday, April 30, 11:30am

The induction ceremony will take place as part of the awards ceremony at the 6th SLO Marathon + Half finish festival on the grounds of the Madonna Inn.

Establishing new and honoring old traditions, the SLO Marathon + Half annually recognizes a San Luis Obispo County individual for making Endurance Town USA the perfect place to run. Recipients are chosen for their initiative & inspiration, high level of accomplishment in running and/or coaching and generous contribution to the SLO running community and the growth & future of our sport. Nominations for Hall of Fame inductees are solicited from the community, and they are then chosen by the event’s Hall of Fame Committee.

SLO Marathon Hall of Fame inductees:

  • 2012: Pete Dorn & Brian Waterbury
  • 2013: Greg Hinds
  • 2014: Roger Warnes
  • 2015: Stan Rosenfield
  • 2016: Sean Ricketts & Dr. Paul Spangler
  • 2017: Joe Rubio

For more event information or to register for the VIP party and 6th event edition, go to:

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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 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!

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