It was a sunny San Luis Obispo Sunday on the SLO Railroad Safety Trail, and the competition at the Blue Mile was fierce. The first round of races started at 1:00PM sharp with waves starting every five minutes thereafter. As a spectator at the 3/4 mile mark, I can tell you that I saw some wonderful races go down! The elite mile was led by Derek Thomas of the HOKA ONE ONE Aggies (last year’s winner) until the final 300m when Aric Champagne, another Aggie, kicked into high gear to pass Thomas at the last second. Both runners split 4:13 for the mile, and Champagne only beat Thomas by mere hundredths of a second. What a close race! Congratulations to Champagne, if only we’d had a bottle to pop in celebration (hopefully the after beer did the trick)!
The first woman to bring it in was Allie Sulatis, running a speedy 4:55, setting the women’s course record, and beating Chico State alumni Alan Cuevas (yes, Running Warehouse blogger), by a full two seconds. The final results can be found below. The after party at Bang the Drum Brewery was just as fun as the races, with the first round of beers purchased by On Running Company, a Blue Mile 2017 sponsor, and tasty pizza available courtesy of the San Luis Obispo Blues baseball team, another Blue Mile sponsor. Fast forward a few hours to the culmination of the San Luis Obispo Blues game where the Blues sealed a 5-0 win against the Santa Maria Packers. The entire Blue Mile 2017 event was a great success because of both our wonderful sponsors – On Running, GU, The San Luis Obispo Blues, and Running Warehouse – and the fabulous participants. Who’s excited for next year? Stay up to date on next year’s details by following the official Facebook page of the Blue Mile (@BlueMileSLO).
Sierra balances an overflowing schedule of work, college, and running, and can relate to any 20-something who’s trying to figure out life. Her running is her kind of self-care – and also the small amount of time that she gets to spend with herself every day, coming before all else (except her dog, Butters).