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Mountain Chile Cha Cha

September 27th, 2014 — featuring the incredible terrain of Reservoir River Ranch!

5k (3.1miles), 10k (6.2miles) and 1/2 marathon (13.1miles)

*This is a Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series Event

SCENIC TRAIL RUN ON PRIVATE TRAILS! Followed by an all-day Chile Festival!

730am Kid’s Race start & 830am Main Race start

Race highlights:

  • Spectacular views
  • Chip timed
  • Clif Product on course and at the end
  • IPod friendly (although you may enjoy the sounds of nature so much you won’t need it!)
  • Well stocked aid stations
  • Extra well marked course
  • Multiple course options—something for everyone
  • Top rated race bags, SWAG giveaway and prizes
  • Awesome Single-Track and fun elevation gains
  • A course comprised almost entirely of off-road trails!
  • Famous "GECKO" awards handmade by local students
  • Killer Mountain Chili Cha Cha festival food, beer and music after the run
  • Proceeds from the race goes to the local Pagosa Springs charity GECKO (Giving Every Child Knowledge of the Outdoors).

    Through the gracious generosity of the Levine family a large portion of this run takes place on pristine private property know as Reservoir River Ranch. The Ranch is otherwise inaccessible—we ask that you be respectful of this beautiful property and treat it as if it were your own. All entrants will receive a commemorative race memento, all finishers will receive a bright chile finisher’s necklace; all age group winners will receive a handmade (by local kids at the Elementary school) adobe chile medallion, and the top men and women for each of the three distances will receive a special medal award hand crafter by local artist (and Re.Sport Owner, Scott Slind). We're working with our sponsors to make sure we have great prizes too, and Swag Giveaways.

    The courses are all the same as 2013s 100% off-road, with plenty of beautiful trails to keep you entertained. All runners in all three distances will run the first 5ks together.

    The 10K course has been revised this year. All runners in all distances will run the first 5ks together, then the 10km runners (and 1/2 Marathon runners) continue up a series of switchbacks to the top of reservoir hill, traveling along to the Levine Property. The 10km then returns back along the 5km to the finish.

    The 1/2 Marathon also has a new course in 2013. You will run, the 5km loop with the others then along with the 10km runners you’ll continue up a series of switchbacks to the top of reservoir hill, traveling along to the Levine Property. After the 10km runners turn off, the 1/2 Marathon course runs along newly created single track which takes you to the opposite side of reservoir hill, into a basin, which forms a lollipop route as you return back on the same trail.

    It’s a challenging course, with more than 2300’ of climbing. The course consists of approximately a 1/2 mile of paved road—the balance being trail which ranges from dirt road to double track to single track. The trail is mountainous and scenic with awesome views as well as challenging climbing & descending. Additionally, this course features a family and spectator friendly finish though downtown Pagosa Springs.

    Perhaps the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live music, cold beer and great food? If it’s hot you can cool off in the San Juan River or relax under the park trees while the chiles cook and the music rocks.

    Course Maps (PDF)

    Elevation Profile (PDF)

    iPod friendly

    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 the use of these devices is done 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 late summer is always a better alternative.

    Directions and Parking

    Access to the Start/Finish line area is at Town Park, in the heart of downtown Pagosa.

    Directions:Parking can be accessed from the east side of Hermosa Street or from Hot Springs Blvd.

    Designated parking will be available at the Start /Finish area. There may be road closures at the kid's race start so allow for extra time.

    On Course Fuel

    Our sponsor CLIF Bar and Clif Shot will be supplying on course fuel for this race - on course and afterwards. We'll also have a variety of runner’s snacks and water at every aid station. Aid stations locations and distances are clearly marked on the map course above.

    Chip/Bib/Packet Pick up

    If you can please try and attend the Chip/Bib/Packet pick up and last minute registrations on Friday, September 26th from 4pm to 7pm. This will be held in the parking lot of one of our presenting sponsors Kip’s Grill & Cantina, 121 Pagosa Street, Downtown Pagosa Springs.

    We encourage you to try and make the most of this opportunity, as it will be busy on race morning. ID is required for pick up. Kip’s is offering all athletes and their families a RED HOT MEAL DEAL:

    Double Beef Burger with any Beer!Includes chips and fixins!Plus Free Chips & Salsa (one per table)! Only$9.95 per person

    Valid for:

    4-7pm Fri 26 Sept

    4-7pm Sat 27 Sept

    Lunch Sun 28 Sept

    There will be a voucher in the race bags.

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

    As a last resort, registration and race bag collection is at the Start/Finish area from 6:30 – 8:00am on Saturday 27th.

    Kid’s Free Fun Run

    We are running a kid’s free, 10yrs and under fun run (1/2 a mile or 1 mile) at 730am. Kid’s can run with Chile characters and get a finishermedal and chile beads forparticipating.

    Race Start and Briefing

    The race will start at 8:30am sharp on Saturday 27thSept. The race briefing will be held at 8:15am at the Start/Finish area.

    There will be a 4 hour cut-off for the half marathon.

    Facebook

    We update our GECKO Facebook daily with race information, race photos, latest news etc. There's also a Mountain Chile Cha Cha page and the Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic Cook off & Tasting.

    Jaguar Chip Timed – important information about your timing chip and race bib number

    Your timing chip and ankle bracelet must be fixed to the outside of your right ankle. The number written on your chip must match the number of your race bib. Any lost of damaged chips will be charged at $20 per chip.

    Accommodation

    If you are still looking for accommodation for the weekend, take advantage of discounts from ouraccommodation partners here(mention that you are racing with GECKO)or visit www.visitpagosasprings.com for alternatives.
    One person in your party may need to show a race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.

    Presentation & After Party

    Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area commencing between 12 and 12:30pm.

    However, the most unique and exciting part of this race is its relationship with the Mountain Chile Cha Cha festival. What better way to round out the day then to enjoy live latin music (Sol Fire and Los Mitotitos), cold Mexican beer (our sponsors are Dos Equis & Tecate) and delicious southwest green chile? (You can buy a tasting plate at 1230pm)
    If it’s hot you can cool off in the San Juan River or relax under the park trees while the chiles cook and the music rocks.

    This is a full day, all weather, free festival. There's fun for the whole family with a Kid’s Fun Corner.


    Support the Businesses that Support you!
    Please thank these folk & visit their businesses!


    Kip's Grill & Cantina
    Chavolos Taqueria
    Pagosa Baking Company
    Elite Disposal & Recycling
    DSP Pizzeria
    Higher Grounds Coffee
    The Choke Cherry Tree

    Contact

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

    Train safe!

    Mike Le Roux

    970-398-0612

    mike@joingecko.org

    PATTY ARAGON GREEN CHILE COOKOFF

    Muchin the same way that Easterners equate the smell of pressed apples with the coming of fall, Southwesterners know it's autumn by the smell of roasting green chiles, usually the Hatch variety from New Mexico, but sometimes Big Jims, which are commonly grown around Grand Junction. The Seventh annual Patty Aragon Green Chile Classic will offer up more than $600 in prize money and some pretty sweet trophies and bragging rights. Hundreds of people will line up to taste and judge chiles hand crafted by professionals and home cooks. This event will be slightly different than a typical chile cook-off because it ONLY features green chile, a dish that is ubiquitous in our region but not as well-known outside of New Mexico and southern Colorado. Public tasting opens at 12:30.

    For more information contact Jacque at ads@pagosa.com or visit http://pagosaspringsdining.com/mtn_chile_chacha.html to download an entry form or find out about the competition and tasting.

    HATCH CHILE ROASTER & SALES

    We have had several "real green chile aficionados" pre- order bushels that can be picked up at the cha cha. If you get your green from wal-mart or the regular grocery it is likely is has been sitting for 20 days before it gets to you. That's why it is so cheap. We will have freshly picked from Hatch, New Mexico 2 days before at the festival. You can pre-order hot, extra hot and medium. Only $24 per bushel. Help us keep roasting at the Cha Cha and order today! Call Jacque 264-4237.


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