XTERRA Pagosa Springs
September 15th, 2013 — 1km (1000m) swim / 15.4 mile bike / 5.8 mile trail run. (NEW COURSE DISTANCES)
Be the first to race the inaugural XTERRA Pagosa Springs, and we guarantee you'll be back every year! Set in the authentic mountain town of Pagosa Springs, at the base of the majestic San Juan mountains, you'll start with a wetsuit swim in the crystal clear mountain lake, from there we've chosen the best of our trails for the bike and run legs. You'll traverse the edges of narrow rim canyons with incredible vistas and mountain views. It's mostly fast flowing single track but you'll need to be on your game as there is a couple of technical sections. The winding trail system works you through spectacular Ponderosa and Aspen forests, which makes it rooty and rocky underfoot - you'll earn your rest at the finishing party!
Thank you to our SPONSORS!
Athletes: Please read the following two race updates before you race on Sunday!
#1 Race Update - 8th Sept
Below is information pertaining to the race.
With a week to go until race day, I hope that your training is on track, and that you are looking forward to racing on some sweet flowing single track and technical trails.
Bib / Packet Pick up / Race Registration
Bib / Packet Pick up and last minute registrations will be held on Saturday, September 14th at The Hub Bike Store from 4pm to 7pm, 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 (incl. USAT membership) will be required for pick up.
As a last resort, bibs and packets can picked up at the Start/Finish area from 6:30 – 8am on Sunday 15th.
All athletes will require a mandatory USAT license to enter this triathlon (whether as an individual or team). Existing USAT members will be required to validate their membership at registration. Non-USAT members have already purchased their day license through the registration process, but will be required to tick the "purchase" box on the waiver.
6:30am - 8:45am
Transition area will open at 6:30am. This course features one transition area. Race numbers will be marked on the bike racks, noting your position. The Transition Area Coordinator and volunteers will be onsite to help you locate your spot and rack your bike. To secure your belongings the transition area will be secured, only participants and race staff will be permitted in the transition area.
The transition will be open for bike collection from 1pm onwards. Bibs will be required to remove your bike.
Mandatory Course Briefing
8:45am MANDATORY Course Briefing at transition area. All participants competing must be in attendance.
The race will start at 9:00am sharp on Sunday 15th August.
It will be a mass gun start. Timing chips will be located on your bibs which will need to be collected in the swim to bike transition area. The race cut off is 5 hours (2pm).
The water temperature as of the 3rd September was recorded at a balmy 71 degrees. We do not anticipate a significant change in temperature over the next week. Wetsuits are allowed.
Course Map & Elevation Profile
Here is a link to download the new 2013 Course Maps and Elevation Profile. The new course is in great condition and keeps runners together for longer. There will be two aid stations on course, which will be used on multiple occasions.
Bike Course (Click on the balloons for important information and course details)
Run Course (Click on the balloons for important information and course details)
The best spectator points will be at the Dutton Rd trail entrance and through the Arrowhead Road gate.
Directions and Parking
Access to the Start/Finish line area is via CloudCap Avenue.
Directions: Heading West along Piedra Rd, turn left into Cloud Cap Ave and travel approximately 1-2 mile to the transition / start / finish area. Access to Cloud Cap Ave can also be via Park Ave.
Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area.
On Course Fuel
XTERRA sponsors Gatorade and Powerbar will be supplying on course fuel for this race. We'll also have a variety of snacks and water at every aid station.
There are no food vendors or cafes near/at the start/finish area. There will be a finish line aid station for athletes but please advise your spectators and supporters to bring refreshments with them for the morning. There is also very little seating so please recommend that they bring a chair as well.
Awards & After Party
Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing at 12:30pm.
However, the a unique and exciting feature of this race is its relationship with the Quality Resort & Suites. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy a cold beer and great food? The race presentation and SWAG give away will be at The View Restaurant & Bar at the Quality Resort & Suites from 3pm to 5pm. Light snacks will be available to athletes as well as a 10% discount on all meals following the awards presentation at 5pm. A full bar is available for you to purchase beverages.
In addition to a phenomenal handmade award by local artist Scott Slind, overall winners for Male and Female Solo and Team will win an ENTRY to the EPIC Mountain Challenge on the 5th and 6th October worth $237.00 each.
We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families. Click Here for the contact details of how to book and use your discount code. The Quality Resort & Suites is the most convenient accommodation for this race, given their sponsorship and hosting of the awards after party.
There are many more accommodation options to be found at www.visitpagosasprings.com
If you have any specific queries, please do not hesitate to contact me directly on the details below.
Mike Le Roux