Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Burro Races Are A Pain In The Ass

FAIRPLAY, Colo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Racing a burro can be a real pain in the ass.

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 they’re tired and want to rest. They can be very stubborn.”

Bullock says a racer’s 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, “It’s a hard terrain, especially with a burro. If they’re trained to know what to do, though, they’ll fly out the gate. The young, untrained burros just freak out.”

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