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Pagosa Duathlon, ‘Do-the-Du’

July 9 brings you the premier racing event of Pagosa, the Pagosa Duathlon, in the pristine San Juan Mountains.

To keep it interesting, we’ve changed it up a bit with new and improved courses. Get the ultimate Pagosa Duathlon experience with more single-track for the trail enthusiasts. Race routes integrate some beginner, but mostly intermediate levels of self-supported, single-track trails, dirt and gravel roads.

The fun begins at 8 a.m. with the Mini-Du Kids Fun Race for our younger athletes. Kids will run one mile, and bike two miles. Then on to the adults at 8:30 a.m. for the Full Duathlon, racing a six-mile run, 12-mile mountain bike ride, and the Half Duathlon, racing a three-mile run, seven-mile bike. You can ‘du’ either of the adult races as a two-member team or take them on solo. All participants receive an official race T-shirt, food to refuel and fun door prizes. Special awards will be given for the top three finishers.

When asked what they loved most about the event, racers overwhelmingly agreed that the Pagosa Duathlon has a fun, low-pressure atmosphere with a true ‘local feel’. The open space, the views and location, location, location brings racers from all over Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and beyond to play in our backyard! The venue of the San Juan National Forest could not be more perfect as athletes trek through aspen groves, grassy fields, and old logging roads. The improved courses are sure to test your endurance, speed and ability. It truly is a great event.

And for you wonderful spectators, let us hear you cheer!. Be at the staring line for all the race excitement at 8 a.m. at the junction of Turkey Springs and Monument Park Roads off of Piedra Road (CR 600). For registration forms, race information, driving directions and course maps, visit www.ACVAP.org or call 264-9075.

All race proceeds benefit the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program (ACVAP), 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 dependents safe and empower each to improve their circumstances. All victim services are free and confidential. A total of 392 victims were provided advocacy services in 2010, with 2,074 contacts made to victims or on their behalf to other service providers. A total of 1,157 advocacy hours were logged for the year.

Come support an amazing cause and ‘Do-the-Du’ with us, Saturday, July 9.

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