The Half Duathlon — anyone’s race

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The PREVIEW

Photo courtesy Carmen Hubbs If you’re new to trail races, the Half Duathlon is the perfect race to begin your racing debut. The distances are accommodating of any level athlete — you don’t have to be a race veteran or a long-distance guru to make your mark at the Half Duathlon.

Photo courtesy Carmen Hubbs
If you’re new to trail races, the Half Duathlon is the perfect race to begin your racing debut. The distances are accommodating of any level athlete — you don’t have to be a race veteran or a long-distance guru to make your mark at the Half Duathlon.

The Pagosa Duathlon — a trail enthusiast’s dream. On July 12, get ready for the epic courses at this year’s Pagosa Duathlon. For ultimate trail racing, it’s you, the wind, the trees and all the other racers battling for first on fast, rugged and dusty single track trails. Race day starts with the kid’s Mini-Du at 7:30 a.m., then off to the Half and Full Duathlons at 8:15a.m.

This week’s article features the Half Duathlon. This is truly anyone’s race. If you’re new to trail races, the Half Duathlon is the perfect race to begin your racing debut. The distances are accommodating of any level athlete — you don’t have to be a race veteran or a long-distance guru to make your mark at the Half Duathlon. Race begins with a 3-mile run, then you’re off on the 8-mile bike course. The course is made up mostly of single-track trails, with some gravel road, easy for passing your competition. You have the choice of racing the entire course on your own, or as a two-member team, where one team member runs, then the other does the bike portion. Divisions include a women’s individual division, a men’s individual division and a two-member team division. This is the beauty of this race — truly anyone, at any level of athleticism, can do it.

Our courses promise great racing action, with epic single-track routes through aspen groves, grassy fields and rocky logging roads of the Brockover Mesa and Newt Jack regions. Race start and finish lines are at the junction of Monument Park Road and Turkey Springs Road off Piedra/County Road 600.

Make sure to register by June 28 to get your early bird discount and to guarantee your race T-shirt. Student discounts are also available.

For more information or to register, go to www.PagosaDuathlon.com. All racers receive an official race T-shirt, post-race goodies and awards for the top three finishers.

Of course, no race is complete without the support of our spectators. Whether you’re racing or watching, come enjoy a beautiful morning in the pristine San Juan Mountains with us.

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 you can give, starting as low as $50. Call Carmen Hubbs at 264-9075 to learn more. We will see you at the Du.

This story was posted on June 26, 2014.