NOTICE for the Idaho Springs Race - This Sunday July 19 – There is currently construction on SH 103 beginning at I-70 and heading southeast to Echo Lake. The road is open but traffic is directed into one lane of alternating traffic, which can cause delays when traffic is heavy.
BUENA VISTA GOLD RUSH DAYS – Sunday August 2nd – Click here to download the Registration Form. Volunteers are needed!
A quick introduction to the sport of pack burro racing: the HAULIN' ASS MOVIE website.
Please consider becoming a member of the WPBA. One benefit is a twice-yearly newletter. Get a sneak peak at the Fall 2013 newletter here. Another benefit is to be able to attend the annual meeting and banquet, so...
SAVE THE DATE! Come celebrate, enjoy some fabulous food, door prizes and slideshow. We would love to have your input at the annual meeting, this year at Tommyknocker Brewery & Pub's Boardroom in Idaho Springs, CO on September 27, 2015, at 3 PM.
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For an important reminder about eligibility conditions for the Triple Crown Award, see the Rules Page.
A long-time member of the WPBA has been interviewed on Colorado Public Radio.
A noted state pundit talks up burro racing in Colorado.
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Welcome to the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation website! Our group seeks to continue a great sport begun by some of Colorado’s 19th-century miners. Those hardy characters used burros (Spanish for donkeys) to carry their mining tools and supplies through the Rocky Mountains as they prospected for gold, silver, and other valuable ores. Since the burros were carrying a full load, the miners had to walk, leading the animal with a rope. Legend has it that two miners found gold in the same location, and raced each other back to town to be the first to stake a claim to the find. Neither could ride their animal because of its load, so one of the basic rules of burro racing was established (click the link to WPBA Rules and look under “No Riding”). Another legend is that burro racing began as drunken miners in a Leadville bar sought a way to make some money in a less back-breaking manner than with pick and shovel.
The burro-racing season runs from late May through September. There are presently five events in five mountain towns. Each event is part of a festival celebrating the town's history. The "Triple Crown" races are in Fairplay, Leadville, and Buena Vista. The remaining two races are in Georgetown and Idaho Springs. Check out this year's schedule.
And burro racing popularity continues to grow! On May 29, 2012, the Colorado legislature approved a joint resolution that designates pack burro racing as a summer heritage sport in Colorado.
Browse around our website. You can see photos of this year's and some past year's races. You can get an idea of the spirit that motivates our members to team up with the noble beasts and compete against each other. And, who knows? First you may come to observe next year's races, then you may feel crazy enough to join us and do it yourself.