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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 27th – 13th Annual Historic Georgetown Railroad & Mining Days Pack Burro Race
Georgetown, Colorado
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!
Entry fee: $50
Weigh-in time:  9:00 am
Start time:  11:00 am
Race Director: Bill Lee (Red Tail) - 720-234-8200 -
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Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Saturday, June 10th – *Inaugural* Creede Donkey Dash
Creede, Colorado
10 miles – Entry Fee $50
Weigh In: 11 AM
Race Start: 1 PM
Get more information/registration/course details here.
Brad Ayers – 719-658-2374 –
Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Sunday, July 23rd – 16th Annual Idaho Springs Tommyknockers Mining Days Festival and Pack Burro Race
Idaho Springs, Colorado
4 - 6 miles - Great distance for first timers
Entry fee: $50
Weigh In:  10am
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 -
Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Sunday, July 30th – 69th Annual 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 13,185 ft summit of Mosquito Pass.
Also a Short course (15 miles). Both start and end in front of the historic Hand Hotel in Fairplay.
Entry fee: $50
Weigh In:  8:00 am
Race Start: 10:30 am
Race Director : Julie Bullock – 719-836-2622 ext 109 –

Sunday, August 6th – 69th Annual Boom Days Pack Burro Race
Leadville, Colorado
2nd Leg of the Triple Crown.
Long and Short Courses: Long course - 21 miles following 4-wheel drive roads to summit of Mosquito Pass through historic mining district (cutoff times will be enforced on long course, Belt Buckle prize for completion of this course only). Short course- 15 miles on roads with a trail loop around Ball 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.
Entry fee: $50
Long Course Start: 11:00 AM
Short Course Start: 11:15 AM
Race Director:  Nathalie Eddy – 720-935-7404 –
Race info and entry form:


Sunday, August 13th – 44 years of Buena Vista Gold Rush Days Pack Burro Race
Buena Vista, Colorado
3rd Leg of Triple Crown.
Race course: Approximately 13 miles consisting of pavement, bridges, single track and jeep road. Starts at the railroad tracks heading west on Main Street, around the baseball fields, over the Arkansas River and up the Whipple Trail to the Midland Grade and around the “Gentleman’s Loop”. Finish line is on Main Street near Colorado Ave.
Registration:  8:00 am, at table near tracks. Entry fee: $50.
Race Start:  10:00 am.

Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place along with prize monies TBD.
Race Director: Richard Emond – 719-289-1523 –

Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -

Saturday, September 9th – 4th Annual Victor Burro Racing Gold Rush Challenge
Victor, Colorado, USA Race Particulars: What better venue for a burro race than Victor CO, steeped in gold mining history! This 6.7 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. Race details, map route and flyer can be found here: Also, we are always looking for additional volunteers to help make this a successful event. Options include on-course direction assistance, and finish line timing and announcing. If you are interested in volunteering let Tony know!
Entry fee: $50
Race Director: Tony White – 719-331-0292 –