Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

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Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Sport built on Colorado’s mining heritage celebrates 70 years
Pack burro teams head out along Main Street in June 2017 for the inaugural 10-mile Creede Donkey Dash. The race was part of the town’s 125th anniversary celebration, but it was so popular, the second annual Donkey Dash is set for June 9.
John Vincent of Franktown and Crazy Horse celebrate their win at the 2017 Victor Burro Race. The team also won the short-course races last year in Fairplay and Leadville and took second place at races in Idaho Springs and Creede.
The lead racers slow as they head up Second Street and turn onto Portland Avenue before making the final uphill push along Fourth Street at the 2017 Victor Burro Race. Trailing in third place is John Vincent of Franktown and Crazy Horse, who won the race with a time of 1:10:25.
Where to watch – or run

May 26 – 14th annual Historic Georgetown Railroad & Mining Days Pack Burro Race; http://bit.ly/2GIR9h7.May 27 – 17th annual Idaho Springs Mining Days Festival and Pack Burro Race; http://bit.ly/2GK0g1d. June 9 – Second annual Creede Donkey Dash; http://bit.ly/2u28G10.July 29 – 70th annual World Championship Pack Burro Race – Burro Days, Fairplay; www.burrodays.com.Aug. 5 – 70th annual Boom Days Pack Burro Race, Leadville; www.leadvilleboomdays.org.Aug. 12 – 45 years of Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Pack Burro Race; http://bit.ly/2tYx7wg.Sept. 8 – Fifth annual Victor Burro Racing Gold Rush Challenge; http://bit.ly/2DGqajc.Sept. 15 – Inaugural Frederick Miners Day Pack Burro Race; http://bit.ly/2pmkdnm. More information on pack burro racing: www.packburroracing.com.
To watch a video of scenes from the inaugural 1949 race: http://bit.ly/2FTAl5L.

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Pack burro teams head out along Main Street in June 2017 for the inaugural 10-mile Creede Donkey Dash. The race was part of the town’s 125th anniversary celebration, but it was so popular, the second annual Donkey Dash is set for June 9.
John Vincent of Franktown and Crazy Horse celebrate their win at the 2017 Victor Burro Race. The team also won the short-course races last year in Fairplay and Leadville and took second place at races in Idaho Springs and Creede.
The lead racers slow as they head up Second Street and turn onto Portland Avenue before making the final uphill push along Fourth Street at the 2017 Victor Burro Race. Trailing in third place is John Vincent of Franktown and Crazy Horse, who won the race with a time of 1:10:25.

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Spectators mingle with the burro teams at the inaugural Creede Donkey Dash in June 2017. The race celebrates the area’s mining heritage, and the 10-mile course passes several mines, including Commodore and Amethyst mines. The 2017 race was won by Chris Westerman of Larkspur and Yukon Jack, with a time of 1:37:23. This year’s race is set for June 9.

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Dave Edwards, 67, of Monte Vista tends to Taz after completing the 6.62-mile course in the Victor Burro Race with a time of 1:43:28 for 10th place. It was Edwards’ – and Taz’s – first year racing, and they finished in the top third in the five races they ran.

Burro racing tests human, animal endurance

Burro teams run along Bachelor Loop Road before heading up and over Campbell Mountain and then down to East Willow Creek during the 2017 Creede Donkey Dash. The town’s inaugural pack burro race drew 42 teams for the 10-mile course.
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