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Burro Racing – August 1999 – Colorado Central Magazine
The Western Pack Burro Racing Association picked up some national publicity this year with a July 1 segment on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”
The Fairplay World Championship Race, to the top of Mosquito Pass and back, got some statewide advance publicity, with a picture in the Denver Post of State Sen. Ken Chlouber — a pack-burro racer — tugging on one of his burros in front of the state capitol.
That 29-mile race is on July 25. The Leadville International Championship, also to Mosquito Pass, but only 22 miles, is on August 8. This year is the 50th birthday for the sport — the first race, over Mosquito Pass and organized by Fairplay merchants, was in 1949.
Then there’s the Buena Vista Triple Crown Race, 15 miles at lower elevations, on August 14. The season concludes with a dozen miles in Frisco on August 21.
For more information about the association and its races, check it out on the web at http://www.ris.net/~outthere/burros.html, or write to Lori TenEyck, 1871 W Dry Creek Rd, Littleton CO 80120.