» July 18

You’ve got your big-time mountain marathons and you’ve got your highly competitive triathlons. The Type-A athletes who compete in these events strive to cross the finish line in first place, to win the award for being fastest, strongest and toughest.

But, what about the Average Joe? What about the person whose idea of competition involves showing up and having a good time?

If you are one of these people, don’t despair: Pagosa offers this kind of “racer” a perfect event: the Average Joe Race, part of Cruise-A-Thong celebration, scheduled this year for Saturday, July 18, in Town Park. This is a family-friendly event with prizes, music, food, beer and margarita tent. 

The whole point of the event (besides supporting improvement and maintenance of the San Juan River and community parks in Pagosa Springs) is to relax, have some fun and spend some time outdoors. The focus for fundraising last year was a collaboration with the Town of Pagosa Springs in purchasing and securing public river access.

Break out the flipflops for a leisurely stroll, the bike or other human-powered transport for a pleasurable peddle, and whatever floatie you can locate for a slow trip down the San Juan River at the Race for the Average Joe. Historically, the average for the course is 2.13 hours. Aside from prizes for the most average time and the median time, a bevy of random awards are handed out for things like being an overachiever, having the best costume, pets, best flotation, best mode of transport and more.

The event is sponsored by the nonprofit Friends of the Upper San Juan River. Look for online registration via Eventbrite or contact fusjr@outlook.com.