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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 26th – 14th 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
More Information From Clear Creek County
Race Director: Bill Lee (Red Tail) - 720-234-8200 -
Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Sunday, May 27th – 17th Annual Idaho Springs Mining Days Festival and Pack Burro Race
Idaho Springs, Colorado
5 - 6 miles - Great distance for first timers! Rolling start after Parade down main street begins at Citizens Park, heading east turning north up 17th Ave, across Colorado Blvd up Virginia Canyon on the dirt road that features a 12% grade/climb, switch back down following flour arrows to old miners driveway at the open gate, up and over, down and winding around down Rose Gulch, over logs, under trees, coming out over the Argo Mill, heading back west on Riverside turning right at 23rd, left on Virginia Street toward the back of the Elks Lodge with a sharp left finish on 16th to the west of the Elks Lodge!
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
Rolling Race Start: 12:00 pm
More Information From Clear Creek County
Contact: Bill Lee (Red Tail) - 720-234-8200 -
Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Saturday, June 9th – 2nd Annual Creede Pack Burro Race
Creede, Colorado
10 miles – Course Details: Creede’s Burro race will start and end on Main Street, looping up the historic Bachelor Loop and down the winding West Willow Creek 4x4 road, about 10 miles! Competitors will pass by the Commodore Mines, up the Black Pitch, through the Weaver town site and past Amethyst Mine (with a view of the Last Chance mine). The course leaves the Bachelor Loop Road at the Midwest Mine site, where runners will climb up-and-over Campbell Mountain and traverse down into the East Willow Creek. Several mines can be seen along this part of the race, including the remnants of the Kentucky Belle, griping the cliffs hundreds of feet above the road. Finish off the final three miles of the race with a gradual downhill that ends on a cheering Main Street!
Entry Fee $50
Weigh In: 11 AM
Race Start: 1 PM
Entry Forms, Waiver, Rules & Map.
Town Contact: Erin Yurkinas – 719-658-2374 –
Co-Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -


Sunday, July 29th – 70th 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 5th – 70th 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.
Entry fee: $50
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 – 720-935-7404 –
Race info and entry form:

Sunday, August 12th – 45 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 as follows: TBD.
Race Director: Richard Emond – 719-289-1523 –

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

Saturday, September 8th – 5th 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 8 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 on-course direction assistance, and finish line timing and announcing. If you are interested in volunteering let Mike know!
Entry fee: $50
Race Director: Mike Vann – 719-205-6100 –
C0-Race Director: Tony White – 719-331-0292 –

Saturday, September 15th – **Inaugural** Frederick Miners Day Pack Burro Race
Frederick, Colorado
Race Course: Location and Distance TBD
Entry Fee $50
Registration: 8:00 AM
Parade-Race Start: 10:00 AM
Town Contact: Angela Wison – 720-382-5500 –
Race Director: Brad Wann - 303-906-2269 -
Co-Race Director: Richard Emond – 719-289-1523 –