Burro Race in Georgetown, Colorado

Saturday I, Zeb the Duck, and mom drove to Georgetown, Colorado for the burro race.

I love Georgetown, Colorado

I love Georgetown, Colorado

I never saw burros race before.  Today the burro weigh-ins started at 10:00 a.m. and the race began at 11:00 a.m.

Pack burro racing is the only sport indigenous to Colorado.

Welcome to pack burro racing.

Welcome to pack burro racing.

The burro and a human runner follow the prescribed path, returning to Georgetown.  The runner is not allowed to ride the burro, but leads the burro with a 15 foot rope.  The burro carries a pack saddle with 33 pounds of traditional mining gear, including a pick, gold pan, and a shovel.

Proud of his Colorado flag

Proud of his Colorado flag

This burro just finished the mountain part and is coming into Georgetown.

8 miles and looking tired

8 miles and looking tired

This year we saw 47 burros and runners in the 10th annual burro race.  You have to see these burros.  Here comes another at the finish line.

Running for the finish line

Running for the finish line

Georgetown’s main street is closed to vehicles.  Today the street is filled with burros!

No cars today, just burros

No cars today, just burros

After racing some burros graze in the park.

Hungry burros

Hungry burro with a shovel

I think I love burros.

Many people came to watch the burros race, so this was a perfect day for the library to have their book sale.

Book sale in Gorgetown

Book sale in Georgetown

We watched several people walk along the street, carrying their books.

One of the smallest burros won the race.

The winner!!

The winner!!

Burro and runner finished in 1 hour 17 minutes and a little more than 30 seconds.

If you missed this burro race, there will be others in Colorado ‘s mining towns.  I hope we get to see more burros.  Come to a burro race if you are in Colorado this summer.  You will like it!

This burro is better than a lawn mower.

This burro is better than a lawn mower.

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