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Half-way decent cash money prizes payable to 8th place ON SOME RACES.
No ribbons; No wimps. No age groups.

Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista Burro Races

Saturday,May 28th – 13th Annual Historic Georgetown Railroad & Mining Days Pack Burro Race
Georgetown, Colorado
Approximately 8 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 most trash collected!
Weigh-in time:  10:00 am
Start time:  11:00 am
Contact: Bill Lee (Red Tail) - 720-234-8200 -
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Sunday, July 17th – 15th Annual Idaho Springs Tommyknockers Mining Days Festival and Pack Burro Race
Idaho Springs, Colorado
4 - 6 miles - Great distance for first timers
Weigh In:  10:30am
Please check this map for the new weigh-in and parking locations.
Parade - All entrants must participate in the Parade before the burro race
Race Start: 12:00 pm
Contact: Bill Lee (Red Tail) - 720-234-8200 -

Sunday, July 31st – World Championship Pack Burro Race -- Burro Days
Fairplay, Colorado
1st Leg of the Triple Crown of pack burro races.
29-mile course over rough terrain and elevation gain to the 13,000 ft summit of Mosquito Pass.
Also a Short course (15 miles). Both start and end in front of the historic Hand Hotel in Fairplay.
Weigh In:  8:00 am
Race Start: 10:30 am
Race Director : Ralph Herzog

Sunday, August 7th – Boom Days Pack Burro Race
Leadville, Colorado
2nd Leg of Triple Crown .
Long and Short Courses: Long course - 21 miles following 4-wheel drive roads to summit of Mosquito Pass through historic mining district. Short course- 15 miles on roads with a trail loop around Bald Mountain. Both courses are open to all racers – men and women – and bring race teams back down town to Harrison Avenue via the notorious mining area of California Gulch.
Weigh In:  9:00 am
Weight of pack saddle and gear must be 33 pounds for standard and mammoth donkeys, and include pick, shovel, and pan. Post race weigh in required for winners.
Long Course Start: 11:00 AM
Short Course Start: 11:15 AM
Race Director:  Nathalie Eddy: "
Race info and entry form:

Sunday, August 14th – Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Pack Burro Race

Buena Vista, Colorado
3rd Leg of Triple Crown.
Race course: Approximately 12 miles consisting of pavement, bridges, single track and jeep road. West on Main Street, around the baseball fields, over the Arkansas River and up to the Midland Trail to the “Gentleman’s Loop”. Finish line is on Main Street near the Orpheum Theatre.
Registration:  8:00 am, at table near tracks.
Race Start:  10:00 am, east of stoplight of US 24 and County Rd 306.

1:30 pm…Awards and Banquet at the Creekside Gathering Place

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with prize monies as follows.
Prize Money:
1st - $700; 2nd - $500; 3rd - $300; 4th - $175; 5th - $150; 6th - $125; 7th - $100; 8th - $75; 9th - $50; 10th - $40; 11th - $35
Race Director: Richard Emond(719-289-1523); Chamber representative: Violet Hanratty (719-581-0022)

Saturday, October 8th – 3rd Annual Victor Burro Racing Gold Rush Challenge
Victor, Colorado, USA
Race Particulars: Race Particulars: What better venue for a burro race than Victor CO, steeped in gold mining history! This 11 mile course is very challenging with lots of elevation gain and uneven footing. But it also gives fantastic views and old mines in return. Please be certain to study the course map. While the course is well marked, there are many intersecting trails and roads. Also, we are always looking for additional volunteers to help make this a successful event. Options include aid station attendance, on-course direction, and finish line timing and announcing. Contact Mike Vann at if you are interested in volunteering.