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Talley Vineyards

Marianne Talley Fun Run History

Marianne Talley was born August 10, 1967. She began participating in competitive swimming at age 8, and was active on the cross-country and swim teams at Arroyo Grande High School. After graduating in 1985, she attended the University of Southern California where she competed on the swim team and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 1989. Marianne attended Cal Poly where she earned a Master's Degree in Wellness Management in 1993. She owned and operated her own business as a fitness consultant and personal trainer.

Marianne was an avid athlete who competed in swimming, running, cycling, and triathlon events most of her life. She was a member of the SLO Roadrunners Running and Triathlon Club and completed the Ironman Triathlon in 1992. She died suddenly on May 18, 1993 at the age of 25, from complications associated with heart arrhythmia. 

The Marianne Talley Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1993 to fund scholarships for college-bound athletes from Arroyo Grande High School. The Fun Run was established as an annual fundraising event in 1994 and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Marianne Talley Scholarship Foundation.  The Foundation grants three separate scholarships: The Marianne Talley, Oliver Talley and Don Talley Memorial scholarships which have combined to award over $210,000 to 45 young men and women. The run is dedicated to honoring Marianne's memory and her commitment to health, fitness and exercise.