In this episode we check out the 10th annual Cruise-a-Thong triathlon in Pagosa Springs, CO. This is a family-friendly "race" for the average Joe.
Like a triathlon, the course consists of three legs; however, this race was a bit more relaxed.
1. The first let is a “cruiser” bike ride (or other self-propelled method of transportation) through downtown Pagosa Springs.
2. Next, a thong (that is to say “flip-flop”) walk along the “almost world famous” Pagosa Springs River Walk.
3. Lastly, a tube float (or other flotation device) down the San Juan River.
The race rewards being average, so leave your sports drinks and power gels at home! It doesn't take brute strength, endurance, or fortitude, but it does take a sense of humor, adventurous spirits, and under-inflated egos.
The winner is the Jo(e) that posts the most average time. In addition, scoring by somewhat capricious judges may also take into account bonus poinst for consumption of edibles at locally sponsored "comfort stations", gears on the bike in excess of one, any "flip-flops" lost during the race, or any other element that makes a participant more or less average. Of course, the event organizers want to make sure that participants are not over-exerted during the completion of this demanding don't-try-athalon.
This event was an absolute riot, and we can't wait to go back as participants one day with our friends. What a great outing in an amazing location.
Steve and Tess love to explore nature, whether it be backpacking, packrafting, mountain biking, hiking, or just wandering. The more we explore, the more we realize just how little we've seen.