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By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The SUN
Join us for a fun race day that anyone can “du.” In its eighth year, the Pagosa Duathlon has a race for everyone, from beginner to mountain pro and from young to seasoned, we have it all. With three races to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the one for you — kicking off with our kid’s fun race, then on to our half and full duathlon courses. Dust off the old bike and shoes, and set your sites on July 12 for Pagosa Duathlon excitement the entire family will want to “du.”
Race day fun begins at 7:30 a.m. with our kid’s mini-duathlon. This is the perfect race for your kiddos to start their love of racing competitions. Our kid-friendly, noncompetitive race is ideal for your budding athlete. The gravel road course, with the backdrop of mountains and meadows, gives the backcountry feel without the single-track obstacles. Mini-duathloners will shoot off the starting line for a 1-mile run, then hop on their bike for the final 2 miles. Since the course is on gravel roads, any kiddo with wheels can ride. Ages have ranged from 4 to 12, each racing at their own personal ability. Since this race is not timed, all kids are winners at the Mini-Du. Parents, feel free to join your kiddo on the course and coach them through to the finish.
Early registration for the Mini-Duathlon is recommended, but race day registration will also be available. Register online at www.PagosaDuathlon.com. Cost for Mini-Duers is only $10 (parent coaches are free). Each will receive an official Pagosa Duathlon race T-shirt, prize and post-race goodies. Visit the website for more race information and driving directions to the race site at the junction of Turkey Springs Road and Monument Road.
Come give your budding athlete a true mountain race experience at the Pagosa Duathlon.
But don’t forget their helmet.
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.
If you are interested in being a sponsor for this event, there are several cost-effective levels of support, starting as low as $50. Call Carmen at 264-9075 to learn more. We’ll see you at the Du.