Runners and bicyclists of all stripes — from the most dedicated competitor to the casual harrier or cruiser — have ample opportunity to test themselves with races and events scheduled this summer that emphasize fun as much as endurance, and support great causes, to boot. 

Annual events are put on to benefit Rise Above Violence, which seeks to help survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault (website: www.riseaboveviolence.org). 

Additional events have a tendency to pop up throughout the year, so keep an eye on the local Pagosa Springs SUN newspaper for more information.

Pagosa Duathlon

Get dirty at the “du” and help Rise Above Violence in the process on Saturday, July 11.

An off-road racing event, the Pagosa Duathlon features two epic races, all of which are run on single track. The Dirty Sprint is a 3-mile run and 8-mile mountain bike. The Dirty Du is a 6-mile run and 14-mile mountain bike. 

Not a runner? Not a problem. Find someone who is and enter as a two-member relay team.

For the youngsters, the Dusty Kids Fun Race is a 1-mile run, 2-mile “gravel-growler” dirt road race.

The fun is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 a.m.

Stick around once you’re done for the Duathlon after party and award ceremony.

New this year, adult races will be professionally timed by Rocky Mountain Timing.  

Check it out at www.riseaboveviolence.org/pagosa-duathlon.html#/.  

Color Run

Brilliant colors will be flying at Pagosa’s iconic 5K Color Run, Sept. 19 at 8 a.m. 

As color runners, and walkers, venture out on the course, colorful hot air balloons will be filling the skies along the entire run route. 

Iconic turns to stunning with runners and ballooners joining in on a color-filled adventure.

Be transformed into a running rainbow as you run through vibrant colors at each color station you pass. 

Not a runner, no problem. You can walk, skip, hop or roll your way to the finish line.

This un-timed, noncompetitive event is for everyone — from young to the young at heart, you’re going to love it. 

Add some color to your life and come out for a colorful good time.

Check it out at www.riseaboveviolence.org/color-run.html#/.

Registration and more event details will be released as ColorFest weekend nears in September and will be available in The Pagosa Springs SUN.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Rise Above Violence.