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Monday, March 28, 2011

Canadian Footwear and Footbed Company SOLE Joins All Out Again This Year: Participates in Sponsorship Case Study

March 28, 2011 – San Luis Obispo - SOLE, multiple winner of awards and mentions for their innovative and highly effective footwear designs, joins All Out for the 2011 season this year.

Sponsoring our SLO Mountain Run on April 17 and the ECOSLO Morro Bay Olympic and Sprint Triathlon on June 5, participants will receive coupons and top placing winners will receive a SOLE Footcare package including SOLE Custom Footbeds (either DK Signature Edition OR Thin Sport), SOLE Sport Sandals (choice of Sport Flips or Sport Slides), and SOLE Performance Socks. Other winners will receive SOLE Performance Socks.

Long recognized for innovative design and rehabilitative efficacy, they will also be working with All Out Events during its adventure race events on May 14-15 and June 18-19 to participate in a case study measuring effective educational marketing tactics. Says event organizer, Kristin McNamara, “I had plantar faciitis from training for our events and the SOLE Sport Flips were the only thing I could wear comfortably until it healed. I attest my quick recovery in time to compete to the Sport Flips and I’m excited to share that experience with our event participants!”

If you’re interested in how footbeds and simple flipflops can help alleviate a multitude of woes, come out to any of our events above and find out how.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What to Expect from an All Out Adventure Race Sprint

“Adventure race? That’s not for me.”
I hear this all the time when people hear what I do with my days. The thought evokes epic scales up impressively impossible, snow covered peaks and men with thick biceps and strong jaws making grunting noises over their squirrel dinner.

But the fact is, adventure racing (or “A.R.” as we shorten it to) can be as painful as the Death Race or as long as more than a week in the wilds of Patagonia, but for the vast majority of folks looking to get out of their head, out of the city, and see something amazing, AR offers the opportunity to anyone who can sit on a bike and walk on the soil. 

“Sprint Races” give the less-committed, or maybe less initiated participant a taste of the good stuff, with a lot more control and support than what most people think of as an “adventure race.” Usually taking the fastest teams two hours to complete, he slowest teams usually come in around four (some even walk the whole thing, taking pictures and eating picnics along the way). It’s a great way to take a morning to do something you’ll talk about for a while while still having time to get home and do chores or explore the location of the adventure race you’ve traveled to.

All Out is committed to providing you with the finest race experience you can have – selecting heart-stoppingly beautiful venues and uber fun trails, always favoring single track above dirt and asphalt when we can, and making courses dynamic and fluid, like a real trek through the most beautiful stuff the region has to offer. We want you to have a good time and truly see what you’re made of, and we promise never to frustrate you with course design or stupid elements.

The Components of the Race


For our sprints, we require a two-person team. For one reason, it’s more fun, and for another, you’re there to take care of each other. A lot of times your race time will be faster because you’ll be pushing your teammate (both mentally and literally). Coming across the finish line with your friend, loved one, or maybe just the partner you found can make the experience. Many people get creative, they’re ride one another, hold hands, skip, leap frog . . . and that’s just the finish. Sharing the experience with someone makes it that much better. You need to stay within 100 feet of each other at all times, no dropping or strategic waiting – you both pull the same load and experience the same race.


This is often the big stopper for adventure race would-bes because they do not have much experience with water. But no fear, most people’s weakest part of the race is this one. We provide two-person sit-on-top kayaks, which no one is really great at on lakes anyway. Just grab one, jump on and start paddling. You’ll get there. The two of you will figure out a rhythm and when one gets tired, the other picks up the slack.


Our races favor fun single track mountain biking – which means you need to be pretty comfortable on the bike. You don’t need to be an expert, though. If you’re used to riding a bike on paths, you may have to get off and push occasionally (steep climbing and descents can be intimidating), but the fact that you’re in a “race” will help push you a little harder than you knew you could go, and that’s part of the joy. Your commuter bike, if it’s got big tires, can get you through the race, but having at least a single-suspension mountain bike will make it more comfortable and fun. Bikes are available locally to rent, just ask us!


AR always bills the foot section as “running” but for most teams, even the fast ones, it’s more often jogging or walking/hiking. Because our races are usually situated in hilly locations, you’ll be doing a lot of up and down, maybe some bushwacking, and maybe some light rock scaling. You’re likely carrying a pack with you, too. We don’t expect four-minute miles, and you shouldn’t either. Please take the time to check out the view as you go!

Special challenges:
In our sprint races, we clearly mark the trail with arrows and flagging tape – in longer AR experiences, you need to find your own way. In order to keep that element of thinking, teamwork, and surprise, All Out is always coming up with fun little challenges on-course that involve skills you didn’t know you had. Maybe it involves supervised ropes, puzzle-solving, cargo-net climbing, or even water slides!


Since the race is so short, a few portable food items and water usually does the trick. If the weather is hot, be sure to take time and make sure you have enough water and some food to help you absorb the water and you’ll be just fine. No technical nutrient intake needed. You’ll burn tons of calories, but you’ll be having fun doing it at your own pace.


A bike helmet, comfortable clothes, and a bike is really all you need for this race. We recommend clipless pedals for the bike to make you faster and more efficient, but many people do fine with toe clips or flat paddle-type pedals. Lots of people like wearing spandex bike shorts and jerseys for the races – it cuts down on chafing and picking up burrs and such. Because our sprint AR races are usually on paths, you don’t have to be as worried about poison oak contact or stickers, but gaiters can be a good thing in tick-country. Good running shoes are a must – check out the tread for off-roading beforehand, sometimes road shoes are too slick for solid footing on loose soil and rock. Hats or bandanas are great, and don’t forget the sunblock and sunglasses!
Hopefully this article helps you get some confidence about adventure racing. In no other sport do you combine multiple disciplines in a well-supported backcountry jaunt in a fun and as competitive-as-you-want-to-make-it setting. Get off the roads and into the wilderness, it’s good for the soul!

Hope to see you soon!

Thanks to Scott Wallace for the photos from the 2010 May Adventure Sprint!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

All Out Events Partners with Noble Sports Photography!

“Will there be a photographer at this year’s event?” It’s a common request, because who doesn’t want a badass photo doing something amazing?

Last year’s contributing photographer to the Morro Bay Tri is back this year; Noble Sports Photography has confirmed attendance at the following events:

Morro Bay Triathlon, June 5; SLO GranFondo, Oct 15; Mud Mash, Oct 30

We’re still looking for photographers to cover our other events.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Ancient Peaks Mountain Bike Classic: “Honestly, this could be the best place to ride in all of Southern California.”

March 11, 2011, San Luis Obispo, CA – After working a long day building mountain bike trails at Santa Margarita Ranch in Santa Margarita, CA for the upcoming July 23-24 Ancient Peaks Mountain Bike Classic, two of the volunteer crew sent emails to the community.

Joining race director Yishai Horowitz, volunteers meet regularly to develop trails in the hills, following cattle paths and natural lines. Armed with picks and McLeod hoes, it takes hours of manwork to create the 16-mile cross country and 1.2 mile downhill courses, and the community is stepping up efforts to have them in place for the July competition.

Dave Morrow, an avid community cyclist and 2010 SLO Cyclocross director, sang praises in an unsolicited email to the biking community. “The views from the ridges are classic unspoiled California – stellar,” he said. He continued, highlighting the benefits of building it on the 14,000 acre privately-owned ranch, including stating that he “enjoyed helping pick lines that will be fun ridden in either direction and engage the rider (e.g. swoopy and potentially fast).”

Replying to his email, fellow volunteer worker Colin Michael replied, saying, “Honestly, this could be the best place to ride in all of Southern California.”

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Poison Oak – Not Quite So Evil

PoisonOakLeavesI think the first bout of poison oak I had was when my best girl friend and I tried to go camping and ignorantly thought setting up next to the beautiful green bushes was a good plan.

It’s been a long, tawdry relationship with the stuff. When I first started getting it, my solution was to itch it off. I talked to a friend the other day that still does this – and then she pour alcohol on it. Oh my.

So then there’s toughing it out, Calagel, calomine, steroids, cortisone . . . yeah, you know what I’m talking about. And there’s the times when it goes systemic and you get it on your hoo-hah and you KNOW you didn’t rub that on the stupid plant.

But years later from that first encounter, I find myself for the next four months on free days with my loppers (dubbed, you know “Cyndi Lopper”) hacking away at the stuff and . . . yeah, sometimes I get it, but mostly because the dogs are bopping around in it and then rub those vile little oils all over me.

How many times have you lamented the fact we can’t put on some kind of anti-PO condom? Well, apparently you can; I cite this study, though have yet to actually try the products. Anyone got any feedback on the products mentioned? Do I hear a sponsorship opportunity ringing in my ears?

But I digress. If you don’t have a prophylactic cream, you can still protect yourself: long socks, non-pourous shoes, light, full-length ripstop pants, a long sleeve shirt (cotton), hat, and gloves always do me well. You have to be careful with the gloves, though, pulling them on and off can distribute the vile little oils you want to avoid.

Then, have a complete change of clothes waiting for you when you’re done. Do not sit around in your stuff or drive home like that.

The key is getting it off, though. Here’s the formula that really works:

1. Temperate shower with Technu.

2. Temperate shower with dish soap.

3. Temperate shower with regular soap.

Do this three-step ASAP. I mean it. The longer you leave it on – the easier chance it has to penetrate your protection.

And, the most important step? Wash your clothes in Technu. That same friend I mentioned above came and helped us with the adventure race in May and then did three-month long trip through South America . . . and did not wash her clothes she had been travelling with in Technu and thus had THREE MONTHS of poison oak.


Oh, and wash your stupid dogs, too. Smile