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Mini duathlon planned for youngsters

As part of the annual Pagosa Duathlon, kids can also join in the fun and excitement of competition.

For our young athletes, we offer the Mini-Du, a kids’ fun race, to kick off the Pagosa Duathlon on July 10.

Beginning at 8 a.m., young competitors will first run 1/2 mile, then grab their bikes for a one-mile ride to the finish.

The Mini-Du is recommended for kids ages 5-13, regardless of athletic ability or prior race experience. Older kids are encouraged to race in the Half Duathlon later that morning.

The mini-course is set out on forest service gravel roads and is easily achievable for all young athletes. Every child will receive an official race T-shirt and special prizes.

Organizers of the Mini-Du wish to create a sense of pride in completing a fun race. We wish to encourage our young athletes to enjoy friendly competition and leave with a sense of personal accomplishment. No special awards for top finishers — all race competitors are winners at the Mini-Du!

The event will take place at the junction of Turkey Springs Road and Monument Park Road on July 10. The kids’ race will begin at 8 a.m. with adult Duathlon races beginning at 8:30.

Driving directions, race registration and event details are available on our website at www.acvap.org.