Conquer the Springs Adventure Race

Saturday, July 17th, 2021

New to Pagosa Springs this year is the Conquer the Springs Adventure Race!

Come out to the Turkey Springs Trail head area and get ready for 2 – 8 hours of adventurous fun!  We will have two separate races.  A beginners and kid friendly sprint race that will consist of hiking, biking and paddling in and on some of Pagosa Springs best trails then we will have a 6 – 8 hour race that will consist of hiking, biking, paddling and orienteering!

Link to the online sign up!

Race Categories

Sprint Race
Teams of 2 or 3 will run, bike, paddle,and face team challenges and decisions along the way. This course is designed for the beginner in mind! Racers will need to have a (boat, kayak, paddleboard) bike, helmet, and a camelback. Be prepared for some paddling, 5-8 miles of biking, and 2-4 miles of trail running plus some surprises. The estimated winning time is 2 hours. This is not an off-road Tri!! This is a real adventure race.
This race will be capped at 30 teams.

6-8 Hour Adventure Race
Teams of 2 or 4 will receive trail maps and most checkpoints at the start of the race. This year’s course will include paddling, mountain biking on jeep trails and single track, & special challenges. Be prepared for approximately 2-3 miles of paddling, 20-30 miles of biking, and 5-10 miles of trekking. The estimated winning time is 6 hours.
This race will be capped at 20 teams.

Race Details

Race Date:  Saturday July 17th
Boat Drop: 7:00 – 9:00 am

Check In 6-8 Hr Adventure Race: Saturday July 17th 7:00 – 8:00 am
Check In Sprint Race: 10:00 – 11:00 am

Race Start 6-8 Hr Adventure Race: 8:00 am
Race Start Sprint: 10:00 am

Race Cut Off Time 6-8 Hr Adventure Race 5:00 pm sharp
Race Cut Off Time Sprint: 1:00 sharp

Awards: After top 3 teams finish

Teams
Sprint: 2-3 person teams (male, female, coed, future adventure racers (1 racer under 14)
6-8 Hr Adventure Race: 2 person teams (male, female, coed, future adventure racers (1 racer under 14)
4 person teams: Coed only – at least one person on the team of the opposite sex.
Future Adventure Racers welcome as well.

Entry Fee
Sprint: Prior to June 1st – $30 per racer; After June 1st – $35 per racer
6-8 Hr Adventure Race: Prior to June 1st – $40 per racer; After June 1st – $45 per racer
Future Adventure Racers: $20

Required Gear

Per Team
. Fully charged Cell Phone in a waterproof bag
. Small first aid kit
. Compass (6-8 hr race only)
. UTM plotter (6-8 hr race only
. Pen or pencil
. Boats that will carry your entire team

Per Individual
. Food and water (camel back)
. Mountain Bike
. Mountain Bike Helmet
. Life Jacket

Race Rules

General Rules / Guidelines for All Sections:

  1. All team members must be able to regroup in 30 seconds at all times when racing. A 1 check point penalty will be accessed, if a race official catches a team breaking this rule. 2. All team members must go up to within 30 feet of every check point( unless otherwise specified by race officials). A 1 check point penalty will be accessed, if a race official catches a team breaking this rule.
  2. Misplaced Checkpoints -We will do everything possible to insure accurate check point placement. However, teams will be expected to be accurate navigators as well.
  3. All checkpoints should be punched in order unless otherwise specified by race staff. Teams that do not find all check points will be ranked according to how many checkpoints they do find. A 1 check point penalty will be accessed, if a race official catches a team breaking this rule.
  4. If there is a section, such as a ropes/caving, in which a team member(s) does not want to participate, a time penalty may be accessed in place of the task.
  5. It may be determined that there are certain roads or land areas which are off limits. These off limit areas will be described in the pre-race meeting or at the beginning of a race section. A 1 check point penalty will be accessed, if a race official catches a team breaking this rule.
  6. GPS units may not be used for any of our races. However, GPS tracker phones may be enabled and used for recreational purposes after the race. Using a GPS during the race is grounds for disqualification.
  7. There is nothing wrong with pre-scouting the course. All we ask is that there is no scouting within 7 days of the race to allow for course set-up. Driving paved roads in the area would be acceptable during that 7 day period.
  8. In the case of dangerous weather, the race course may be modified.
  9. Only maps provided by race officials may be used during the race. That includes in the transition area. The only exceptions would be permanent trail maps posted on signs in the parks. Penalty is DQ
  10. Support is permitted for this race, but only in the transition area. Penalty is DQ
  11. Teams must get at least 1 check point in each leg to be officially ranked.
  12. Dust 2 will do everything possible to keep gear and equipment safe in transition but we are not responsible for gear or equipment lost or stolen.

 Mountain Bike Sections:

  1. Only mountain bikes/hybrids/cross bikes should be used for these sections. No road bikes will be allowed. Please note that race officials recommend mountain bikes and racers using hybrids/cross bikes do so at their own risk.
  2. Helmets must be worn by all team members on bikes during any mountain bike section.
  3. White Headlamp or bike light, and rear red light should be on at all times after dark

Paddle Sections:

  1. A PFD (type 3) must be worn by all team members, at all times, during any paddle or water related section (unless otherwise specified by race staff).
  2. Strobes/glow sticks should be on at all times after dark.
  3. Any type and combination of kayaks or canoes or paddle boards may be used for this race.
  4. No motors, peddles, permanently attached sails (no rivets, bolts, etc…), or other propulsion systems may be used. Your boat(s) may have a rudder system and/or a tow system.

Additional Rules:

  1. You may only cross Piedra (CR 600) at designated crossing area
  2. Bikes must stay on trails. If a checkpoint is off the trail, you need to be on foot.
  3. You may only access Turkey Springs Road from Newt Jack Road.