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A Full Duathlon for endurance athletes

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The SUN

Only one week remains before Pagosa Duathlon action begins. Are you ready? Next Saturday, July 13 is the seventh annual Pagosa Duathlon with so many trails and so many choices in races and divisions. From the kid’s Mini-Du, to the Half Duathlon, and then the Full Duathlon, each accommodating any age and any level of athlete.

This week we’re detailing the Full Duathlon. This is an entirely new course and it is of epic proportions! More single-track, more intense, more miles. Runners, you’re going to love that this year’s run route is a full six-mile loop, no out and back or two laps around. Just one loop on single-track and ATV trails for a true mountain run experience. Then off to the bike section where we added two more miles. You will sail down dusty trails, climb rocky slopes and wind your way through pines and aspens., riding new and improved trails like Catamount, Gopher Trail and Aspen Run. Obstacles not only include your normal downed trees, rocks and shrubs, but cows and their ‘presents’ too. You won’t be disappointed with this year’s Duathlon excitement.

Both the Half and the Full Duathlons have the option of racing in the individual men or women’s divisions, or as a two-member relay team, one runner and one biker. Early registration ends this Sunday so don’t delay. Register online at www.PagosaDuathlon.com or pick up registration forms at the Pagosa Lake Recreation Center or The Hub Bike Shop. All racers receive an official Pagosa Duathlon race t-shirt and post-race goodies. Top three finishers receive medals. Visit the website for more race information and driving directions to the race site at the junction of Turkey Springs Road and Monument Road.

All proceeds benefit the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, a non-profit organization who promotes the belief that all people have the right to live free from violence by providing support and advocacy services for victims and education for youth and our community. Trained advocates provide 24-hour comprehensive services to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to keep themselves and their children safe and empower each to heal, move forward and be free from harm. Sponsorships help pay for emergency housing, food and transportation; counseling; support groups; court assistance; and, youth violence prevention education and empowerment programs.

If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, there are several cost effective levels of support you can give, starting at just $50. Call Carmen Hubbs at 264-9075 if you’re interested.

For all your race information, course maps, bike directions, registration, and driving directions go to www.PagosaDuathlon.com. We will see YOU at the DU!

This story was posted on July 3, 2013.