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‘Du’ features full duathlon for endurance athletes

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Carmen Hubbs There’s a race for everyone at the ‘Du’ on Saturday, July 12.

Photo courtesy Carmen Hubbs
There’s a race for everyone at the ‘Du’ on Saturday, July 12.

The Pagosa Duathlon has a race for everyone, from seasoned athlete to race newbies. Saturday, July 12, is the eighth annual Pagosa Duathlon, which offers many trails and many choices in races and divisions — from the Kid’s Mini-Duathlon to the Half Duathlon and Full Duathlon, each accommodating any age and any level of trail runner and biker.

This week, we’re detailing the Full Duathlon, with its epic course for the epic athlete. Loads of single track, loads of fun.

The race starts with the run portion. Full Duathloners will run a 6-mile loop starting on gravel roads, then quickly transitioning to single track and ATV trails for a true mountain run experience. Next is the bike section, where you will sail down dusty trails, climb rocky slopes and wind your way through pines and aspens. The course includes 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’s or women’s divisions, or as a two-member relay team — one runner and one biker. Early registration ends this Saturday, so don’t delay. Register online at www.PagosaDuathlon.com. All racers receive an official Pagosa Duathlon race T-shirt and post-race goodies. The 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 nonprofit organization that 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 over 400 victims of domestic violence and sexual assault each year. Sponsorships help pay for emergency housing, food and transportation; counseling; support groups; court assistance; and youth violence prevention education and empowerment programs.

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, 2014.