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Pagosa Quad Challenge is Saturday

Join the Pagosa Nordic Club this Saturday, March 3, for the first annual Pagosa Springs Quad Challenge.

This years Quad Challenge includes a 5k Classic X-C Ski or 10k Skate Ski, 3k (feels like 5k) Road Run, 22k Road Bike and a 1k swim.

Registration is $30 per person for solo racers or each team member of up to four, and includes a soaking pass to The Springs Resort.

Participants are asked to park in the Dr. Mary Fisher Park and to meet at the Chamber of Commerce for registration and equipment shuttles early Saturday morning. Shuttles will leave at 8 a.m., so be early to allow for registration and to organize your gear.

The 5k and 10k X-C Ski starts at 9 a.m. at the West Fork Nordic Trails. Runners then start from the West Fork trail and head to Treasure Falls, where they turn around and run west to the chain station on the north shoulder of U.S. 160 to finish a 3k run. Bicyclists then road bike 22k back to town for a 1k swim in The Springs Resort pool.

Challenge yourself and your friends to participate in the Pagosa Springs Quad Challenge.

Course monitors are still needed, so contact us if you are interested in volunteering some time on the course. Information is available at PagosaNordic.Com, or contact the Pagosa Nordic Club at PagosaNordic@Gmail.com.

Pagosa Paw Winter Dog Nordic Event

Last weekend, the Pagosa Nordic Club, along with Colorado Mountain Mushers, sponsored its second annual sled dog race.

The event took place at the Kuhn Ranch, where 24 mushers and many volunteers and spectators gathered for the two-day event. Mushers traveled from all over the state and came from out of state to participate in the last race of the series this season.

Races consisted of a 6-dog/6-mile event, 4-mile/4-dog sled event, a 1-mile and 3-mile skijor, 1-mile and 3-mile cani-cross, and a freight event (dog picks up and hauls weight around the course).

“We doubled our entries this year, so I am just thrilled,” said race organizer Jennifer Martin. “The Kuhn Ranch was a perfect venue, just beautiful, and spectators could view the entire race. I was happy to offer a longer course to draw in some of the bigger mushers and at the same time still draw the families that participated and raced with their kids. I look forward to another fun event next year.”

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