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XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run

June 7th, 2014 — A classic mountain trail run. 5k, 10k, 1/2 & Full marathon distances.

Event highlights:

  • Points towards the XTERRA Colorado Trail Series
  • Points towards the Trail Runner Trophy Series
  • iPod friendly
  • Chip-timed
  • Best of our trails, almost 100% single track
  • More than 90% of course is through wooded forests.
  • Mellow elevation gain, less than 1,500’— the ideal early-season layout.
  • Perfect transition from a 'road' to a 'trail' race.
  • Famous "GECKO" awards handmade by local students.
  • Great SWAG
  • Killer after party at Pagosa Brewing Co.
  • 15% off accommodation with GECKO partners

2013 Race In Review

Read our 2013 Race Review here with links to the Photo and Video Gallery.

OVERVIEW

In its 6th year, this old mountain classic 1/2 & full trail marathon joined the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series in 2013 and has added a 5k and 10k distance in 2014! In addition the race is also part of the 2014 Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Event.

Turkey Track is a spectacular 13.1 or 26.2 mile trail run on sweet single track, and with the start at 7,200 feet of altitude you're in for incredible mountain vistas and pristine mountain air as you follow the edges of dynamic canyons and through Ponderosa and Aspen forests. Plus your share of roots, rocks, turkeys and perhaps a little bit of mud! This run has mellow elevation gain, less than 1,500’— the ideal early-season layout. It's really the perfect transition from a 'road' to a 'trail' race.

Besides the scenic trails, there are lots of reasons that runners return year after year to this race, and now with XTERRA there'll be more SWAG; XTERRA sponsor on course support (aid stations will be fully stocked with all the usual snacks and fruit plus plenty of PowerBar race nutrition and Gatorade); and a chance to rack up those XTERRA points. XTERRA has supplied plenty of signage and flagging tape for a well marked, easy to follow course. Expect a stocked race bag and race memento. We're also iPod friendly if that's your thing.

Turkey Track is a race that prides itself on being a memorable day out. The friendly people of Pagosa Springs come out to make it so: aid stations are run by local community groups like the ATV Club Pagosa Trail Riders, the Roller Derby R.I.P team and the Pagosa Springs High School Cross Country team–the Pirates. They all run like clock work and are always well stock and well briefed. As you'd expect from a race set in an authentic mountain town–there are horses! The San Juan Backcountry Horsemen also assist us on the day out on the course, up on their trusty steeds they act as marshals, lead out and sweep.

We have a state of the art electronic chip timing system, with splits at the half way. You'll get accurate results fast. We also have course photographers and the race is iPod friendly. We all meet afterwards at the Pagosa Brewing Company to celebrate a great day out on the trails. Every finisher will get aFamous "GECKO" medal - handmade by local students – a Turkey Track tradition.

What's more?! Expect plenty of old fashioned mountain town hospitality in Pagosa Springs (there's lots of accommodation choices with GECKO Partners who offer 15% discount for racers and their families) and you can visit the world's deepest hot springs for a well deserved soak after you run. There's plenty for family & friends to do while you're running.

Saving the best part for last: proceeds from the race registration go to GECKO raises money to fund programs that gets kids unplugged, off the couch and outside!

Course Map and Elevation Profile:

Accommodation

We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families, although there are many more accommodation options to be found atwww.visitpagosasprings.com. One person in your party may need to show a race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.

Race Update Email # 1

Hello XTERRA Turkey Track runners,

With 4 weeks until race day, I hope that your training is on target, and that you are looking forward to running some sweet flowing single track.

Below is information pertaining to the race. It will also be available on the website atwww.joingecko.org/xterraturkeytrackand will be updated prior to the race with supplemental information.

This year for the first time we have added at 5k and 10k course starting at 10am, if you're racing the marathon or half, tell your friends and family to take part in the action while they wait for you to finish, and they can hike it, walk it or run it.

Bib / Packet Pick up
BIB / Packet Pick up will be held on Friday, June 6th in the parking lot of the The Hub Bike Store from 4:00 to 8:00pm, 100 Country Center Drive Suite F (970) 731-2002.

We encourage you to try and make the most of this opportunity, as it will be busy on race morning. ID will be required for pick up.

As a last resort, bibs can picked up at the Start/Finish area from 6:30 – 7:30am for Half & Full Marathon and 8:30 to 9:30am for the 5k & 10k on Saturday 7th.

DSP Pizzeria (next door to the Hub) is offering GECKO racers a special meal deal Friday night as well as a celebratory free drink Saturday or Sunday. Coupons will be in your race bag.

Race Start and Briefing
The half & full Marathonwill start at 8:00am sharp on Saturday 7thJune. The race briefing will be held at 7:30am at the Start/Finish area.The 5k & 10kwill start at 10:00am sharp on Saturday 7thJune. The race briefing will be held at 9:45am at the Start/Finish area.

Drop Bags for marathoners
Drop bags will be allowed for marathon runners only. A drop bag section will be available at the Start/Finish area. As this is a 13.1 mile looped course, runners can access their personal items in the designated area before heading out for their second loop.

All drop bags need to be placed in this area between 6:30 – 7:30am on Saturday 7thJune.

ForALL MARATHON RUNNERS, please note that there will beTWOcut-off times for your distance.

The first cut-off time is 3hrs 30min from the start at 8am. ie: No marathoner will be allowed to continue for their second loop from the Start/Finish area after 11:30am.

Final race cut-off will be 8hrs from the start. ie: 4pm.

Based on the course conditions, these are extremly generous cut-off times, and we have no doubt that everyone will make it across the line within the allocated time.

The long range forecast for Pagosa Springs is warm. Please be sun safe and bring hats, sunblock etc and plan to hydrate along the course.


iPods
This is an iPod friendly race. However, because it is still a trail race with other people on the course (runners, horse riders, mountain bikers, other users) we ask that you use these devices responsibly.

If there are a few tunes that you need to get you through a rough patch, then great, but please be respectful and mindful of your surroundings.

The noise of the forest in early summer is always a better alternative.

Directions and Parking
Access to the Start/Finish line area is viaCO Rd 600/Piedra Rd. Head North West alongCO Rd 600/Piedra Rdfor 6.4 miles. Turn left ontoCo Rd 146/Forest Service Rd 629/Turkey Springs Rdfor 2.2 miles.

This is the easiest and safest route – the majority of navigational systems will direct you a longer, more arduous and potentially more “vehicle wrecking “ route.

Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area. We do encourage the use of car-pooling where practical.

Course Maps
The course has changed slightly from last year. There will be more single track!

The most up to date course maps are on the event web pagewww.joingecko.org/xterraturkeytrack

On Course Fuel
XTERRA sponsors Gatorade and Powerbar will be supplying on course fuel for this race. We'll also have a variety of runners snacks and water at every aid station. Only marathoners will be able to use a drop bag and this will be at the start/finish turnaround. Aid stations locations and distances are clearly marked on the map course above.

Accommodation
We have four accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families, although there are many more accommodation options to be found atwww.visitpagosasprings.com

Check out our Partner deals atwww.joingecko.org/info.asp?uid=356

Quality Resort (uptown - closer to the race and afterparty) and Quality Inn (downtown) are both Choice Hotels and therefore an XTERRA race sponsor as well as a GECKO sponsor. Enjoy discounts through XTERRA!

One person in your party may need to show a race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.

After Party
Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area during the race (times to be confirmed). However, we will be having an after party and swag giveaway at The Pagosa Brewing Company, on North Pagosa Boulevard from 3:30 – 5:30pm.

If you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details below.

Facebook & Twitter Updates
If you want fun updates and latest news about the race, please keep an eye out on the GECKO Facebook pageand Twitter @joingecko - it's where we post photos, videos, and updates!

Last Year's Race in Review
Check out the Race Report, Race video and gallery and results in preparation for this yearhttp://blog.joingecko.org/xterra-turkey-track-trail-race-2013-race-in-review