Durango is an iconic trail town, so what better way to celebrate the singletrack then with a trail running and mountain biking event? Enter the new Durango Double.

Runners ascending the Telegraph Trail, part of the trail run portion of the Durango Double event, held on October 7, 2017.Terrance Siemon

Departing from its roots as a trail run/road run over an autumn weekend, Durango Double event organizers were looking for a way to dig in deep with the community and focus on the dirt. They did it, creating one full day with the run, the ride, music, food and fun with a sweet aprés event scene at Animas Surgical Hospital in Durango.

“Durango is just loaded with trails and they’re all amazing and unique in their own way,” says event co-director Brendan Trimboli. “There’s been a demand for an event that combines the trail running community with the mountain biking community because they both have such a strong presence in this town. I really hope it does accomplish the goal of bringing together runners and riders.”

A rider topping out the Skyline Trail and heading onto the Sugar Trail, part of the mountain bike portion of the event.Terrance Siemon

There are three events: For the Horse Gulch Hustle, runners will complete a 13 mile trail run on some the town’s most beloved singletrack. Once finished they can pass the reigns to a mountain bike rider, or choose to mount up themselves for a 17-mile journey over even more pristine trails for a complete Durango Double experience. The popular Gena Ryche Memorial 5k Run/Walk, with all proceeds benefiting the local Women’s Resource Center, will also take place. This year the Kids Little Doublers, a micro one-mile double run and ride for the kids will start at the Animas Surgical Hospital and finish at the Durango BMX Park at Cundiff Park.

The first year in the run ride format, the Durango Double is intended to showcase the diverse and quality singletrack that surrounds the city Of Durango, bringing runners and riders who share the trails together for one event.Brandon Mathis

For more information, visit Durango Double.