Thursday, July 23, 2009

Burros Haul Ass On Own Terms

FAIRPLAY, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – You can’t force a burro to haul ass.

At the 61st Annual World Championship Burro Races trotting into Fairplay, Colorado, on Sunday (Jul. 26), runners will race along a secluded 15-29 mile course while tied to a burro.

Though burros can trudge along the mountainous terrain at a good pace, there’s no way to control them, making the race much harder.

Spokesperson Julie Bullock says, “If they want to, burros can go up and down anything, but they decide where they’re gonna go. If it decides it’s tired, it stops and does not go anywhere.”

This can often cause a bit of a pile up with burros, and a few cuts and bruises, since the runners are roped to them.

Feeding the furry friends is no way to get them moving. Bullock warns that slipping a burro a treat guarantees that they won’t get going again.

Instead, the really stubborn asses need a good whip in the butt to keep trotting along.

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