Colorado’s Original Adventure Sport

By Hal Walter It’s July and the Colorado pack-burro racing season will soon be in full swing, with the sport’s Triple Crown taking place right here in Central Colorado in the towns of Fairplay, Leadville and Buena Vista. I’m always surprised when people haven’t heard of our indigenous sport, recently designated Colorado’s Summer Heritage Sport by […]

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Another Season on the Trail

Column by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – July 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine BACK IN 1949, Melville Sutton won $500 in the inaugural “Rocky Mountain Pack Burro Championship” race. The Rocky Mountain News provided the cash award for the first finisher to wrangle his burro the 23 miles from Leadville to Fairplay, a route that […]

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Burro races start on May 26

Brief by Central Staff Pack-Burro Racing – May 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine Burro Races start on May 26 So far as we know, Colorado does not have an official state sport, even though it has an official dance, fossil and gemstone. But if our state did have an official sport, it should be pack-burro […]

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Everybody loves a donkey tale

Article by Laurel Mchargue Pack-Burro Racing – January 2006 – Colorado Central Magazine “He’s looking for a nice ass. Not just any ass. A wild ass won’t do. Neither will a wise-ass. Really what he’s dreaming about is a healthy little burro that won’t mind hauling his equipment for him while he’s trotting around doing […]

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What’s a pack-burro race?

Sidebar by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – August 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine It’s been said that a pack-burro race is a combination of a footrace, a rodeo and Teddy Roosevelt’s boys charging up San Juan Hill. The sport, the only sport indigenous to Colorado’s mountains, is rooted in mining history, and to celebrate this […]

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Confessions of a pack-burro racer

Article by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – August 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine “The thin air smelled of stone and snow, the sun came through it and lay warm on her hands and face without warming the air itself. Up, up, up. There was no top to this pass.” — Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose […]

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A Central Attraction

Article by Martha Quillen Pack-Burro Racing – July 2005 – Colorado Central Magazine ED AND I WERE STANDING just off Main Street in Buena Vista, trying to saddle our not-so-trusty steed. But the fancy pack saddle we’d borrowed came with a confusing array of straps, buckles, and rings, and we had no idea what we […]

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Joe Glavinick in the Hall of Fame

Column by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – July 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine BACK IN JULY OF 1959 a Denver Post banner headline, what we in the newspaper industry would call a “Screamer,” belted out in boldface type across the top of the page:

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Burro races start June 26 in Cripple Creek

Brief by Central Staff Pack-Burro Racing – June 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine This year’s pack-burro racing season will start June 26 with an amateur race at Cripple Creek, followed on June 27 with the 12-mile pro race from Victor to Cripple Creek. There won’t be a Golden race this year, but the three Triple […]

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Pack Burro Racing Results for 2003

Brief by Central Staff Pack-Burro Racing – February 2004 – Colorado Central Magazine So far as we know, pack-burro racing is the only organized competitive sport that originated in Central Colorado, which is as good a reason as any for us to publish the results of the 2003 season. The Western Pack Burro Racing ASS-ociation […]

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The future of pack-burro racing will come from its roots

Column by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – July 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine It was late June and snow banks still lingered in the trees and along the stream bank. The young burro peered into the high mountain stream, then snorted, turned his neck, and yanked me back through the water. This was not the […]

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Racing at the top

Article by Columbine Quillen Pack-burro racing – January 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine IT’S A SHORT SEASON for a professional donkey racer; the pack burro racing season is not nearly as long as the football, basketball, or hockey seasons. And the profession is not nearly as prestigious — nor as lucrative. But to keep winning […]

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Burro racers award 2 triple crowns

Brief by Central Staff Pack-burro racing – December 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Pack-burro racers celebrated the end of the 2001 season on Oct. 20 with a six-mile run around Turquoise Lake, followed by the annual awards banquet, held this year at the Boom Town Brew Pub in nearby Leadville. They honored two winners of […]

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There’s always another jackass out there

Column by Hal Walter Pack-Burro Racing – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine THE OWNER OF A COMPANY that is a major editing client of mine recently joked that he had fired me because he can’t employ anyone who actually owns a jackass. Actually, I don’t know this information firsthand. I was told by someone […]

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Burro racers start season in Lasauces

Brief by Central Staff Pack-Burro Racing – July 2001 – Colorado Central Magazine Central Colorado’s only indigenous sport is pack-burro racing, now in its 53rd season. The season began with a 13-mile race in Lasauces on June 9. Where’s Lasauces?

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