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The event schedule is expanding

There was a time in Pagosa, not so long ago, when there weren’t but one or two races each year for local athletes to compete in without having to leave town. That is all changing.

Just recently, we had the Turkey Track Trail Marathon (and half marathon), the first race in a three-race series for trail runners presented by GECKO. (The other two races will be the Devil Mountain Ultra Oct. 1 and the Chile Cha-Cha Aug. 27). GECKO is also sponsoring the Four Corners Bike Fest on Sept. 24 and 25 that will offer both a road ride over Wolf Creek Pass and a “fat tire” race on Reservoir Hill.

While you are on a roll, why not think about participating in the next athletic event — the Pagosa Duathlon. Organized under the auspices of the Archuleta County Victim’s Assistance program (ACVAP) as a fund-raiser, the duathlon will be held Saturday, July 9.

ACVAP is a locally organized nonprofit corporation that provides emergency and other necessary services to victims (and their dependents) of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The race will be entirely in the Turkey Springs area of the San Juan National Forest. In its fifth year, the Pagosa Duathlon also offers a half duathlon and a “Mini-Du” for kids.

The Full Duathlon is a six-mile run and 12-mile mountain bike ride. The Half-Du is a three-mile run and seven-mile ride. You can “du” either race as a two-member team or take them on solo. The Mini-Du for our younger athletes is a one-mile run and two-mile bike ride. All participants receive an official race T-shirt, food to refuel and prizes. Special awards will be given to the top three finishers.

The Mini-Du Kids Fun Race begins at 8 a.m., and the adult Half and Full Duathlons begin at 8:30. Visit www.acvap.org for complete race information and registration form. The race course maps are also on line. If you would like to be shown through the course, please call me at 731-2051. I encourage you to sign up now and commit to the event.

The Turkey Springs area is in the San Juan National Forest and is a beautiful spot, conducive to family gatherings and picnics. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to attend. There is a lot of parking available — so come on out and cheer each participant. It is a constant reminder for us to always give support to each person who chooses to participate. We never know what that person might have overcome just to be able to race.

The Cruise-a-Thong is another local race (of the very fun genre) that will be held on Saturday, July 23, starting at 11 a.m. This race advertises itself as one for, “the average Joe.” It requires lots of imagination, but not much training, and is well suited for the entire family.

If your summer is simply too crazy, there are a couple of late fall events — the Turkey Trot, a run or walk on Thanksgiving morning. View this as a way to support our local swim club and an appetite builder for Thanksgiving dinner. There is also the Six Hours of Brockover Mountain Bike race on Aug. 6. Tackle it solo or as a team and see how many times you can go around on the 12.5 mile loop. View this as a tour de hamster, with a view.

Until the next race. Until they give you another number to pin to your chest.

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