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XTERRA Pagosa Springs

June 14th, 2015 — 750m swim / 14.6 mile bike / 3 mile trail run (NEW COURSE DISTANCES)

Set at the base of the majestic San Juan mountains, you'll start with a wetsuit swim in the crystal clear mountain water of Hatcher Lake, from there you’ll traverse the best local trails for the bike and run legs through the Turkey Springs area. 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 forest, which makes it rooty and rocky underfoot!

Check out the 2015 Start List

Finish in the top 15 in your division and earn a spot on the starting line for the invitation-only XTERRA USA Championship held September 19, 2015 at Snowbasin Resort in Ogden, Utah.

GECKO operates under a special use permit with the San Juan National Forest and is an equal opportunity provider.

#1 Race Email Update - sent June 9th at 6am

XTERRA Pagosa Springs Racers,

With Sunday's race day quickly approaching, I hope that you’re feeling ready, and that you are looking forward to racing on some sweet flowing single track and technical trails.

Below is information pertaining to the race. It will also be available on the website, and will be updated prior to the race with supplemental information.

For the first time we are staging two XTERRA events on the same weekend, so there will be some changes to the event schedule if you've raced with us before. Also if you'd like to run the XTERRA Turkey Track Trail race the day before as a warm up, we've included the details below.

This is the third XTERRA Pagosa Springs but we have moved the swim to a different lake and as a result the bike and run have also changed. Please make sure that you are aware of the new locations and courses. It's not far from last year.

Bib & Chip / Packet Pick up / Race Registration

Due to the XTERRA trail race on Saturday there will only be on-the-day packet pick up available from 730am to 930am at the race start/finish. Please be there as early as possible to avoid a backlog. Please bring ID and your USAT membership with you.

If you know others planning to register on the day, late registration rates will apply and only online registrations are guaranteed race socks. Online registration closes at midday on Thursday and on the day registration will be available for $100 for solo USAT and $115 for Non USAT, Teams per person cost will be $55 which includes USAT.

USAT Membership

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 that have already purchased their day license through the registration process, will still be required to fill in the USAT form at registration.

Timing Chips

All individuals and teams will receive one plastic electronic timing chip with a neoprene/velcro ankle strap at packet pick up. The number on your timing chip will correlate with the number on your race bib.

It is important that for accurate timing and results the chip is fixed to the outside of your right ankle using the neoprene/velcro strap. Timing chips will be removed and collected as soon as you cross the finish line and any damaged, broken or missing chips will incur a cost of $20.00.

Team members only need to start with the chip from the bike leg and the swim time will end when the biker leaves the transition. Team members bikers must pass the bib and timing chip to the runner in transition.


Transition opens from 730am to 950am. This course features one transition area. Bike racking is first come first serve. The Transition Area Coordinator and volunteers will be onsite to help you locate your spot and rack your bike when you come in from the swim or 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

9:45am MANDATORY Course Briefing at the transition area. All participants competing must be in attendance.

SWIM Start

The race will start at 10:00am sharp on Sunday June 14th. It will be a mass deep water start, and the swim exit will be via a floating pontoon from deep water. There is one hand railing which will be first in, first up, although there is sufficient room to access the pontoon without a hand railing.

Water Temperature

The water temperature is currently 64 degrees. We do not anticipate a significant change in temperature over the next week. Rules regarding wetsuits are as follows:

XTERRA follows the Swimming Conduct rules for Wetsuit Use1 established by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) at all XRC Races (Las Vegas, Richmond, Beaver Creek, Pelham), the XTERRA USA Championship (Ogden), all XTERRA Global Tour events, and the XTERRA World Championship. Here are the specifics of the ITU Wetsuit Use Rules:

* Wetsuits are mandatory for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)

* Wetsuits are permitted for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)

* Wetsuits are forbidden for Age Group athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 72 degrees Fahrenheit (22 degrees C)

* Wetsuits are mandatory for Professional athletes if the water temperature is BELOW 57 degrees Fahrenheit (14 degrees C)

* Wetsuits are permitted for Professional athletes if the water temperature is AT or BELOW 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C).

* Wetsuits are forbidden for Professional athletes if the water temperature is ABOVE 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees C)

Athletes will have the opportunity to swim on the course on Sunday morning only. This is a privately owned lake with access granted for race day only.


We update our Facebook daily with race information, race photos, latest news etc – so definitely find us on Facebook here and get your updates first!

Course Map

Here are the links to download the new 2015 Course Maps. There will be two aid stations on course (one on the bike and one on the run).

Swim Course

Bike Course

Run Course

Directions and Parking

Access to the Start/Finish line area is via Hatcher Circle, at the Hatcher Lake Boat Ramp.

Directions: Heading North along Piedra Rd, turn left onto North Pagosa Boulevard and then left onto Hatcher Circle. The Boat Ramp access is clearly marked on the left.

Alternatively heading north on North Pagosa Boulevard from HWY 160, turn right onto Hatcher Circle. From this access the Hatcher Lake Boat Ramp will be on your right.

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

On Course Fuel

XTERRA sponsors Gatorade and Powerbar will be supplying on course fuel for this race. We'll also have water at every aid station, and at the finish line.

Looking after your spectator entourage

Hatcher Lake is a beautiful setting but it is far from shops and restaurants. As we only provide aid station food for athletes, please encourage your spectators to pack some food and drinks for themselves as well as a deck chair or picnic rug, and sun protection.


Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing at 1:30pm. We will also have race SWAG lucky draw for those that have filled out the surveys.

The Hub Bike Shop

The Hub Bike Shop will have specials in store on Saturday ad Sunday on nutrition, hydration packs, bike gear and parts. So if you forget anything or need a last minute stock up, make sure to stop in there. The Hub also sells GECKO merchandise.

Kids Free Fun Duathlon

There is a low key, fun duathlon for the kiddos at 1130am staged by The Hub Bike Shop. It’s free but there’s still a registration, which opens at 11am. They get fun stuff and a medal at the finish line as well as a race bib just like mom and dad!

Cut Off Time

The race cut off is 3.5 hours (130pm).


Use of iPods is not Permitted.


The Quality Inn or Quality Resort offers a discount of 20% off.

Down town Quality Inn

Up Town Quality Resort

Both links will give the 20% discount automatically when booking.

Alternatively www.visitpagosasprings.comhas accommodation options.

Fresh coffee at the start line

Higher Grounds Coffee will be providing fresh brewed coffee at the race start.

Recycling and Trash

We are delighted to have Elite Recycling at all our events this year providing trash cans and recycling bins. We ask that you look carefully at which bins you are placing your litter, and recycle where you can!

Local handmade caramels in your race bags

The Choke Cherry Tree has sent us delicious little caramel treats for your race bag. Check out their store and deli north of MacDonalds.


The long range forecast for Sunday is 70F, with the possibility of some rain in the afternoon. There is plenty of shade around and a tent erected so bring your deck chairs. Also make sure you pack your sunglasses, sun hat and sunscreen for protection, as high elevation sun burns skin easily, even in overcast weather.


There’ll be race surveys for you to fill out at the finish line. You go into the draw to win SWAG if you do! Look out for the surveys.

Course condition

The course is looking fantastic, there’s been some moisture which means it’s not too dusty, and the spring flowers are out in bloom. You’re in for a great day in the dirt.

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!

PLOW Swim Challenge

If anyone in your spectator party would like to just compete in the swim – they can. At 10am (starting with the triathlon) there will be a 1 mile and half a mile open water swim called the PLOW Swim Challenge.Registration is available online or on the day.

Saturday's XTERRA Trail Run

If you’d like a warm up trail run, join us for the XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Race 5k, 10k (10am) 1/2 marathon and full marathon (8am)

Register online or find out more.

The GECKO difference

If you didn't already know all proceeds from this event go to GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors) a local 501c3 charity raising funds to get kids off the couch, unplugged and outside! We want to thank you for choosing a GECKO race and we hope you feel good that by racing you are also paying it forward. Look out for the GECKO Scholars on Saturday out on the course and helping, they are all heading out on their GECKO/NOLS summer adventures in July.

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

We are looking forward to hosting you this weekend and we hope that you enjoy it!

Mike Le Roux
Race Director