MAY 29 | MAY 30
RUN YOUR ASS OFF
GEORGETOWN & IDAHO SPRINGS
PACK BURRO RACES
There are two legends concerning the beginning of these burro races. The first states that the races began when two miners found gold in the same location at the same time and had to race back to town to get to the claims office first. Because they could not ride the burros (the burros were either too small or loaded down with supplies), the miners were forced to run, leading the burros.
The second legend is somewhat vague but concerns a few drunken miners at a bar in Leadville, Colorado.
Pack burro racing is a sport indigenous to the State of Colorado which is deeply rooted in the state's miningheritage.
In the early days of the mining industry in Colorado, miners would take burros, which is the
Spanish word for donkeys, through the mountains of Colorado while prospecting. Because the burros were carrying supplies, the miners could not ride the animals and so they would walk, leading the donkey. The Burro Races, which are held throughout small towns in Colorado, commemorate these men and women and their burros. In 2012, Pack burro racing was recognized as the official summer heritage sport in Colorado.
Source Credit: Wikipedia Article
SATURDAY, MAY 29
15th ANNUAL GEORGETOWN PACK BURRO RACE
Approximately 8-9 miles from Georgetown to Empire and back. Remember to follow traffic pattern around the round about, yield to downhill runners, and after you're done check for ticks. And, there will be a prize at the end of the race for the runner who picks up the most trash on the course!
SATURDAY, MAY 26
14th ANNUAL GEORGETOWN PACK BURRO RACE
Approximately 8-9 miles from Georgetown to Empire and back. Remember to follow traffic pattern around the round about, yield to downhill runners, and stick around after you're done to check for ticks. And, there will be a prize at the end of the race for the runner who picks up the most trash on the course!
SUNDAY, MAY 30
IDAHO SPRINGS, CO
18th ANNUAL IDAHO SPRINGS PACK BURRO RACE
5 - 6 miles - Great distance for first timers! Rolling start after Parade down main street begins at Citizens Park, heading east turning north up 17th Ave, across Colorado Blvd up Virginia Canyon on the dirt road that features a 12% grade/climb, switch back down following flour arrows to old miners driveway at the open gate, up and over, down and winding around down Rose Gulch, over logs, under trees, coming out over the Argo Mill, heading back west on Riverside turning right at 23rd, left on Virginia Street toward the back of the Elks Lodge with a sharp left on 16th to the finish.