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Pagosa Duathlon set for Saturday

Once again, July brings you the premier racing event in Pagosa, the Pagosa Duathlon, in the pristine San Juan Mountains, this Saturday, July 14.

Get the ultimate duathlon experience, with single-track heaven on two wheels and two feet. Trek through grassy knolls, rocky roads, and aspen groves. At times you’ll be technically challenged, managing what the trail brings; then, in no time, you’ll be soaring through the fast pace of straight shots to catch that racer in front of you.

Race routes integrate some beginner, but mostly intermediate levels of self-supported, single-track trails, dirt and gravel roads.

The fun begins at 7:45 a.m. with the Mini-Du Kids Fun Race for our younger athletes. Kids will run one mile, and bike two miles.

Special appearance this year by the Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program’s very own Girls on the Run racers. These third- and fourth-grade girls have been training for over two months. They are primed and ready to hit that trail! Our girls will lead all our youth racers through fun warm-up and cool-down activities to make sure all our kiddos are in full form when that race whistle blows! Come join the fun with registration for the mini-du only $10. Kids get an official race T-shirt and some energy packing food.

Then, on to the Half and Full Duathlons, starting at 8:30 a.m. sharp.

Full Duathlon athletes will run six miles, then hop on the mountain bike for a 12-mile ride. Half Duathloners will race 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 and food to refuel. Special awards will be given for the top three finishers.

When asked what they loved most about the event, racers overwhelmingly agree that the Pagosa Duathlon has a fun, low-pressure atmosphere with a true “local feel.” The open space, the views and location, location, location, bring 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 trees, on grassy fields and old logging roads. It truly is a great race experience.

All races begin and end 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 that 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 comprehensive support and advocacy services to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to keep themselves and their dependents safe, while empowering each to tap their full potential for healing. All victim services are free and confidential. This year, ACVAP introduced a 24-hour hotline, staffed by professional advocates there to help and listen any day, any time. A total of 420 victims were provided advocacy services in 2011, with 2,100 calls answered and nearly 740 counseling hours provided.

Come support an amazing cause and ‘Do-the-Du’ with us, this Saturday, July 14.

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