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New, epic courses for the Pagosa Duathlon

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The PREVIEW

Doesn’t it make your heart pound just thinking about it?

It’s a guaranteed thriller!

The highly anticipated Pagosa Duathlon with new, longer, more intense trail racing, is sure to get your adrenaline peaked. Set in the pristine San Juan Mountains, don’t miss the races and the excitement, this Saturday, July 13, and come Do the Du with us.

Race action begins with the kid’s fun race — the Mini-Du.

Our young athletes will dash off that starting line for a one-mile run, then hop on their bike for a two-mile ride. Ages range from 4 to 12 and since the race is not timed, all Mini-Du racers are winners. The Mini-Du begins at 7:45 a.m., with after-race goodies to replenish the kids’ hard work when they’re through.

Registration is $10 and each kiddo gets an official Duathlon race T-shirt, and a special prize for participating. Give your little one a taste of mountain racing at this year’s Mini-Du.

Then, we’re off to the Half and Full Duathlons.

Race excitement begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. Races begin with runners tearing up Turkey Springs Road, then off onto grassy fields and trials, navigating forest obstacles. Runners race back to the event site to grab their bikes for the final section of the race, ripping through aspen groves and climbing rocky hills.

Half Duathloners will run three miles and bike eight miles.

Full Duathloners will run six miles and bike 14 miles.

You can “du” either of these races as a two-member relay team or in the men’s or women’s individual divisions. Each race incorporates all levels of athletes. Beginners to the elite athlete will fully enjoy this year’s event.

When asked what they loved most, racers in the past overwhelmingly agreed that the Pagosa Duathlon was a fabulously fun race, with a true local feel. The open space, views and location are mountain racing at it’s best, bringing racers from all over Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and beyond. All here to play in our backyard!

The venue of the San Juan National Forest is the most perfect setting for athletes to get a true mountain race experience — from grassy knolls, to old logging roads and rocky terrain. The Pagosa Duathlon is simply a great race.

Visit www.PagosaDuathlon.com to register and receive the latest race information.

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.

Come help support this agency and it’s work to end violence in Archuleta County. Your participation helps 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 11, 2013.