Ice Racing on Lake Georgetown with Zeb the Duck

Racing Jeeps on frozen lakes is a winter sport.   I, Zeb the Duck, did not race.   I did not drive on frozen lakes, but some humans do.    Georgetown, Colorado located 44 miles from my house, is a great destination.

Georgetown, Colorado

Georgetown, Colorado

We shop there, eat there, view autumn leaves there, ride a scenic train there, but now we have watched Jeeps racing on ice there.   Last Sunday morning we watched Bare Rubber Ice Racing.   Humans and vehicles were on the ice already.

On the ice

On the ice

First stop for humans is the registration area.

Must register to race

Must register to race

To race, you must have a Tech Inspection.    This inspection can be done here early the morning of a race and is good for the season.   You also need a Driver’s waiver, Driver’s License, Proof of Insurance, and cash to pay your entry fee.   This red Jeep is racing.

Racing

Racing

When driving, snow was spraying, Jeep was accelerating and sliding in turns.   This blue Jeep was also racing.

Racing

Racing

Of course, with action, you need to see it; no action in still photos.   After racing, the Jeeps return to the registration area.

Returning to registration area

Returning to registration area

For more information about Ice Racing in Georgetown, Colorado, visit   http://www.OurGangIceRacing.com    It was windy and cold Sunday morning and at times visibility for spectators was hampered by blowing snow.   Dress appropriately and you will have fun.   In a different area of Lake Georgetown, some were ice fishing.

Ice fishing

Ice fishing

Whether you want to race, ice fish, or observe, this is a beautiful location.

Beautiful location

Beautiful location

We always have fun in Georgetown.

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.