Let's get ready to ... run.
Let's get ready to ... trail run.
Let's get ready for the fourth annual First National Bank of Durango Town Race Series, the annual Durango trail running triumvirate staged by Durango Parks and Recreation.
"One of the continuing goals of the 2009 series is to foster increased youth participation, so we are happy to announce that the Durango High School cross country team will continue to be a beneficiary and will assist with the race," said race director Heidi Schaiberger of Durango Parks and Recreation.
"The Town Series encourages participation from casual and serious runners alike," Schaiberger said.
She said individuals may participate in all three races in the series or in individual races.
The first race of the 2009 Town Series will be Sunday, the annual Mother's Day Telegraph 5K/10K in Horse Gulch.
Registration for the series and Sunday's 5K/10K is available at the Durango Community Recreation Center or online at www.active.com.
Sunday's racing will start at 10 a.m. near the start of the Meadow Loop in the Horse Gulch trail system.
The second race in the series, the Mountain Park Classic, traverses through Durango Mountain Park on July 11 with challenging four- and seven-mile courses.
The Town Race Series concludes with the hearty 6.6-mile or 4.5-mile Animas Mountain Mug Run on Sept. 20.
All events, including Sunday's race, include a one-mile fun course to run or hike.
For the fourth consecutive year, Zia Taqueria will host the Town Series finale party immediately after the Animas Mountain Mug Run.
During the finale festivities, participants will enjoy "fresh mex" food and refreshments compliments of Zia Taqueria, as well as live music outside the restaurant.
Family and friends are invited; non-racers may purchase food and beverages at the party.
Last year's Mother's Day Telegraph races attracted near-record numbers. Shonny Vanlandingham of Durango won the women's 10K. Kara Barnard was second.
Kyle Skaggs won the men's 10K. Logan Ott was second.
For additional information, contact Schaiberger at the Durango Parks and Recreation Department at 375-7306 or [email protected] [email protected]