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The Half Duathlon — anyone’s race

By Carmen Hubbs
Special to The SUN

Get ready for new epic courses at this year’s Pagosa Duathlon on July 13.

With more trail racing, it’s you, the wind, the trees and all the other racers battling for first on fast, rugged and dusty single track. A trail enthusiast’s dream!

Race day starts with the kid’s Mini-Du at 7:45 a.m., then runners are off on the half and full duathlons at 8:30.

This week’s article is featuring the Half Duathlon.

This is truly anyone’s race.

If you’re new to trail races, the Half Duathlon is the perfect race with which to make your racing debut. The distances are accommodating to any level athlete, so you don’t have to be a race veteran or a long-distance guru to make your mark at the Half Du.

You start with a three-mile run, then you are off on the new, eight-mile bike course. The course is made up mostly of single-track trails, with some gravel road.

You have the choice of racing the entire course on your own, or as a member of a two-person team, where one team member runs, and 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.

This year’s new course promises more action, with more single-track racing through the aspen groves, grassy fields and rocky logging roads of the Brockover Mesa and Newt Jack areas. Race start and finish lines are at the junction of Monument Park and Turkey Springs roads, off Piedra Road (CR 600).

Early registration is highly encouraged. Make sure to get the early bird pricing before June 30. Register online at www.PagosaDuathlon.com or pick up registration forms at the Pagosa Lakes Recreation Center or The Hub Bike Shop.

All racers receive an official race T-shirt and post-race goodies, and there are 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.

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. 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 provide, starting at $50. Call Carmen Hubbs at 264-9075 if you’re interested.

For all your race information, course maps, bike directions, registration, and driving directions go to www.PagosaDuathlon.com.

Read next week’s SUN for details on the Full Duathlon. We will see you at the Du.

This story was posted on June 27, 2013.