A portion of the proceeds goes to

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Park County RE-2 schools
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
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Weather/Road Conditions
State of Colorado
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History

Introduction to Pack Burro Racing

There is an Explanation!

The prospector and his trusting friend and beast of burden, the donkey, loaded with gold pan, pick, shovel and grubstake, combed the mountainsides in many western states in the mid-1800s trying to make a living. They were a colorful lot.

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Pack burro racing keeps alive that scenario of the miner's excitement and rush to get off the mountain to register a claim at the assay office in town before the next guy, who had no problem claim jumping.

Updated for the late 20th and early 21st century, of course, and now a sport, burro racing still involves a person running beside a burro loaded with a pack saddle and mining gear along mountain trails and roads. The skill, as ever, is covering ground while collaborating and negotiating with an animal who has its own system of rights.

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For more information about pack burro racing, contact the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation on the web at www.packburroracing.com.











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