On the chilly morning of Saturday, March 3, racers gathered up their multitude of gear for the Pagosa Quad Challenge.
Participants strapped on their cross-country skis at the West Fork trailhead for a 5k Classic Ski or 10K skate ski on the first stage, took off running for a 3k run for the second stage, biked 22k to town in a chilly headwind for the third stage and concluded stage four with a 1/2k swim in the hot springs pool.
The 34 racers included competitors from Pagosa and Durango, but most were out-of-towners from New Mexico and from as far away as the Denver area.
This was a great turnout for our second year, doubling the number of participants over last year. It was very exciting to see that we drew in a lot of people from out of town.
This was a fun race, everything ran smoothly and made for a fantastic unique event. And, it was a great way to transition from winter to spring.
All of the participants are excited to see this event continue and plans are already being discussed for next year’s Pagosa Springs Quad Challenge. Randy Stuve and Steve Ilg from Durango took first place in the team division, Clay Moseley from Los Alamos, N.M., took first place in the men’s solo division, and Molly Hummel from Durango took first place in the women’s solo division.
As we wrap up our cross-country ski season, we would like to thank all of the volunteers and sponsors for supporting us this year.
Get out there and enjoy the last of the snow; spring conditions exist, hard and frozen in the morning and very soft later in the day. Midday skiing will be the best. Grooming efforts will continue on a limited basis, as we are winding down for the season.
The Pagosa Nordic Club is a nonprofit whose mission is to enhance the winter recreational opportunities in Pagosa Springs by maintaining accessible groomed winter trails for skate skiing, classic cross country skiing and snowshoeing for all ability levels, and to encourage and promote the use of these winter trails through education, marketing and events.
The Pagosa Nordic Club will hold its annual board member elections during the March 21 club meeting, to be held at 5:15 p.m. in Town Hall, at 551 Hot Springs Blvd. In addition to volunteers to serve on the club board, new volunteers are needed to prepare for, and to help out during, next season. The club is soliciting volunteers to help with marketing, membership drives, fund-raising, events, activities and trail grooming. You can contact the Pagosa Nordic Club at PagosaNordic@Gmail.com.