Twin Buttes a Real Butte, indeed

Twin Buttes a Real Butte, indeed

Durango Trails Festival celebrates our new network
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It went from chilly to hot and sunny to hail, lightning and freezing rain at the Durango Trails Festival on Saturday as mountain bikers and trail runners took on about 10 miles of new trails in the Twin Buttes complex – “another jewel in the crown of Durango’s trail system,” cyclist Joe Burtoni said.
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Scott Simmons won the men’s 30-kilometer race at the Durango Trails Festival on Saturday, calling the new trails “like a roller coaster at times.” Simmons, who prefers mountain biking, said “there’s not a whole lot of fun in running. You don’t find one of those little whoops and go ‘woo!’ It’s a different kind of fun.”
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Art Rohr was one of almost 20 men who competed in the 30-kilometer trail run at the Durango Trails Festival. Each runner had to complete three laps of the 10-kilometer course that wove in and out of the mountain biking course.
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Jay Johnson and the rest of the 30-kilometer field got to test out the newly completed Twin Buttes trail complex Saturday. Although the trails don’t officially open until Sept. 22, Saturday’s Durango Trails Festival was a “really big thank you” fundraiser for Trails 2000, developer Eric Flores said.
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Matt Ozvat competed in the six-lap, 60-mile solo mountain bike race in Saturday’s Durango Trails Festival, but riders also could choose to ride the six-lap race as a team of two to four people or tackle a two-lap version.
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Kristina Siladi was one of almost 20 women who competed in the women’s 30-kilometer race at the Durango Trails Festival. Bettina Mills was the fastest in the women’s field.
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Smoothed by rain the day before, Daniel Sagetree was able to run the Durango Trails Festival’s 30-kilometer race in sandals. The rain helped keep the dust down until more rain in the afternoon turned the trails to mud.
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Benjamin Cherrington and the rest of his six-lap solo mountain bike field at the Durango Trail Festival on Saturday were denied their full race. Thunderstorms complete with hail and freezing rain turned the course to slop and caused race organizers to call the race off early with about one lap to go.
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The new Twin Buttes trail complex treated Zach Zirkelbach and his fellow mountain bikers to soft, flowy trails Saturday at the Durango Trails Festival. “There’s a whole bunch of big whoop-de-doos,” race manager Matt Nimetz said.
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It’s a Real Buttes
The Winners
Saturday at Twin Buttes
10K solo men’s run: Gregory LeBlanc, 0:46.12
10K solo women’s run: Kara Hellige, 0:54.20
30K solo men’s run: Scott Simmons, 2:16.01
30K solo women’s run: Bettina Mills,...

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