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By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The SUN
The highly anticipated Pagosa Duathlon is back for its eighth year. We have a race for everyone — from shorter distances for the more novice racer, to miles of epic trails for the trail junkie. You can race in individual divisions, or grab a friend and “du” it as a team. Set in the pristine San Juan Mountains, don’t miss the excitement this Saturday, July 12, 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 1-mile run, then hop on their bike for a 2-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 7:30 a.m. with after-race goodies to replenish them after their hard work. Registration is only $10 and each kiddo gets an official Pagosa Duathlon race T-shirt and 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 8:15 a.m. Race begins with runners tearing up Turkey Springs road, then off onto grassy fields and trails, navigating forest obstacles and, of course, other racers. Runners trek back to the event site to grab their bike for the final section of the race, ripping through aspen groves and climbing rocky hills. Half Duathloners will run 3 miles and bike 8 miles. Full Duathloners will run 6 miles and bike 14 miles.
You can “du” either of these races as a two-member relay team or in the men or women’s individual divisions. Each race incorporates all levels of athletes. Beginners up to elite athletes will fully enjoy this event. This is a race truly anyone can “du.”
When asked what they loved most, racers 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 its best, bringing racers from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and beyond — all to play in our backyard. The venue of the San Juan National Forest is the most perfect setting for bikers and runners alike to get a true mountain race experience. Trekking through grassy knolls, old logging roads, rocky terrain and winding trails gives you an amazing rush as you push your way to the finish.
The Pagosa Duathlon is simply a great race. Visit www.PagosaDuathlon.com to register and receive all the latest race information. Don’t miss this year’s Pagosa Duathlon. It’s a guaranteed thriller.
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.