Run and bike for a cause: 16th Annual Pagosa Duathlon set for Aug. 12


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A Safe Place in Pagosa Inc.

A Safe Place in Pagosa Inc. (doing business as Aspen House and Aspen Services) is pleased to announce that it is putting on the 16th annual Pagosa Duathlon on Aug. 12. 

Located in Turkey Springs at Turkey Springs/Brockover Road, we have a race for everyone in the family.

The first race of the day is the Dusty Kids Gravel Growler on a dirt/gravel road. Bring out the kiddos for a fun time. This race is a 1-mile run and a 2-mile bike.

There are two adult races for the day on single track and ATV trails throughout the Turkey Springs trail system. The Dirty Sprinters will begin with a 3-mile trail run followed by an 8-mile bike. The surrounding flora of the San Juan National Forest provides the perfect backdrop for fun outdoor activities.

For a more challenging course, the Dirty Du begins with a 6-mile run followed by a 15-mile bike. This longer race has more opportunities for scenery, including groves of aspen trees on the Aspen Run Trail. There will be rocky ups and downs, winding trails, and plenty of ponderosa pines to provide shady spots. 

The adult races have three divisions: Individual Men, Individual Women and Two-Member relay team (one runner and one biker). 

Early registration ends Aug. 1, so register early and save money. Register online at Pre-race packets will be available Aug. 11 at Pagosa Mountain Sports in uptown from 3 to 6 p.m. Races are professionally timed and there will be plenty of post-race refreshments. 

The race lineup is as follows:

• Dusty Kids Gravel Growler: 7:30 a.m., $10.

• Dirty Sprint: 8:15 a.m., $45 early registration, $55 after Aug. 1.

• Dirty Du: 8:15 a.m., $55 early registration, $65 after Aug. 1.

There is a $10 student discount for all adult races. Student ID is required. 

The Pagosa Duathlon is one of three summer fundraisers and all proceeds benefit A Safe Place in Pagosa Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to constructing a home and providing services for adults with developmental disabilities in Pagosa Springs.