Another Run SLO weekend has passed and I can't help but feel an incredible sense of gratitude. The weather, attendance, support and opportunity to be surrounded by so many inspiring people was truly a gift.
Team Madonna Inn came together once again to push ourselves, cheer on each other and enjoy the 5K, half and full marathon festivities. Our very own Ted Sabatini, Head of Maintenance, ran the half marathon in honor of his cousin who suddenly and tragically passed away last week while training for another upcoming run. While it might have been easy to become paralyzed by such painful and depressing news, Ted decided that the best way to honor his cousin was to run the race in his memory. He reminded me that although the unpredictability of life can be scary, there is no force in the universe more powerful than love.
If you've driven up to the Expo center or arena lately you may have noticed that the Madonna Inn trail rides have made a mini move! Although it was a short trip from the corner of the arena parking lot to the base of the mountain, the wranglers, horses, and riders agree that the new location is a much better fit.
Besides the more rustic, whimsical backdrop, the new location is conveniently located directly at the base of the mountain trail where rides are sent up - meaning less interference with Expo traffic in crossing the often busy road. As for the horses, they are now enjoying their expansive turn out lot which is much roomier, comfortable, and protected than the other location. For guests, the new location is easier to find, offers more parking and an opportunity to more easily interact with the trail horses in their turn-out pasture.
Haddie Townsend, head wrangler, said that the main reason for the move was the expansion of their operation, due to a hugely successful response from locals and guests in the past year. In this new location, they can accommodate many more horses and larger riding groups. Stop by and see their new digs for yourself!