The Pagosa Duathlon: A race to end violence

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence

By Ashley Wilson
Special to The PREVIEW
Rise Above Violence hosts the 13th annual Pagosa Duathlon. Between business sponsorships and race registrations, money is raised to support the programming of the nonprofit.
Rise serves victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. In 2018, Rise served 361 victims through 24/7 hotline support, advocacy, counseling, support groups, civil legal advocacy, criminal legal advocacy, emergency shelter and much more. As a private nonprofit, Rise is sustained by grants, donations and our four major fundraising events, like the Pagosa Duathlon.
Rise also provided youth education to 817 people on anti-bullying, Internet safety and healthy relationships. As part of youth violence prevention, Rise teaches several elective classes in the junior high and high school. These focus on self-esteem building, healthy peer relationships, and our high school class Youth Rise helps youth understand how to get involved and take a stand for issues that are important to them. Rise identifies that the only way to end violence in our community is to educate our youth around what is healthy and unhealthy in a relationship. We can end relationship violence with the next generation. You can help.

Photo courtesy Rise Above Violence
The Pagosa Duathlon is set to include a series of races on July 13, including the Dusty Kids Gravel Grower, Dirty Sprint and Dirty Du. Each race includes running and biking.

While people of all ages and abilities come out to challenge themselves on the off-road course, they are supporting a greater cause. There is still time to register — all the way till the race begins. So, if you thought you were just coming out for a great race — you’re not. You are coming out for a whole lot more. Hosting the Pagosa Duathlon, along with the annual push-up challenge, annual Color Run and the Art above Violence show in October, Rise enjoys bringing people out for super fun events, all of which help support the programming Rise offers in the Pagosa Springs community and for all of Archuleta County.
Race reminders
Pre-packet pickup is Friday, July 12, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Pagosa Mountain Sports, 162 Pagosa St. Come out early to pick up your shirt and race information and save time on race day.
Race day is July 13:
• 7:30 a.m. — Dusty Kids Gravel Growler begins.
• 8:15 a.m. — First heat of adult races starts, with staggered start times — three heats, 30 minutes apart.
• Awards will be presented as the after-party begins around 11:30 a.m. Beer and burgers will follow the race.
For all your race information, course maps, bike directions, registration and driving directions, go to www.PagosaDuathlon.com. If you don’t have a bike, or would like to try an upgrade for the race, our platinum sponsor Pagosa Mountain Sports can help.
We will see you at the Du.

This story was posted on July 11, 2019.