The 60th Annual World Championship Pack Burro Race, in which runners lead a burro 29 miles up a mountain, is galloping into Fairplay, Colorado, this weekend (Jul. 26-27), but getting a donkey to run the race course is no easy feat.
Event spokesperson Julie Bullock explains, The burros will be running and then suddenly decide theyre tired and want to rest. They can be very stubborn.
Bullock says a racers pace can be set or broken by a stalled ass, which often makes the race last more than five hours.
Hardcore competitors train with a burro for months, while some even raise their own, molding them into mountain-climbing menaces.
Bullock says, Its a hard terrain, especially with a burro. If theyre trained to know what to do, though, theyll fly out the gate. The young, untrained burros just freak out.
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