XTERRA Turkey Track Trail Run
June 15th, 2013 — A classic mountain trail run. 1/2 & Full marathon distances.
This old mountain classic 1/2 & full trail marathon has joined the XTERRA Colorado Trail Run Series for 2013! In addition the race is also part of the 2013 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 with a free pair of top notch SOS running socks as a 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. This year the ATV Club Pagosa Trail Riders, the Roller Derby R.I.P team (who have a big bout that night) and the Pagosa Springs High School Cross Country team–the Pirates, are each manning an aid station.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.
This year 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!
RACE UPDATE #1 May 16th, 2013
With a little over 4 weeks until race day, I hope that your training is on track, and that you are looking forward to running some sweet flowing single track.
Race Start and Briefing
We have three accommodation partners offering 15% discount off for runners and their families, although there are many more accommodation options to be found at www.visitpagosasprings.com
One person in your party will need to show your race bib to validate the discount code on arrival.
Mountain Landing Suites & RV Park (mid town)
Discount Code: 345Piedra for 15% discount (one person from your party may be required to show your race bib on arrival)
Offering 1 & 2 bedroom suites as well as the honeymoon suite. Suites include a full kitchen. Wifi, game/exercise room, swim spa, laundry facility. New this summer – a 30 site RV Park.
Contact Jeannie Sinkey 970-731-5345 email@example.com
Quality Resort & Suites (up town)
Phone: (970) 731-4141
Discount Code: GECKO for 15% discount (one person from your party may be required to show your race bib on arrival)
Guests of the Quality Resort & Suites will appreciate: Free/complimentary hot breakfast, wireless high-speed Internet access, daily newspaper and Fitness Center with indoor heated pool and 2 separate relaxing hot tubs, and on-site Business Center. All spacious guest rooms offer cable television, coffee maker, hair dryer, alarm clock, iron and ironing board. Some rooms feature a desk, balcony, refrigerator, microwave, whirlpool and sofa sleeper. This is a non-smoking, pet-friendly hotel, with four-legged friends allowed to stay for a fee.After Party
Awards presentations will be at the Start/Finish area during the race. 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.
Photo Courtesy of www.xterraplanet.com
Photo Courtesy of www.xterraplanet.com