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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.


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:


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.