The World Championship Pack Burro Race begins and ends in front of the historic Hand Hotel on Front Street in Fairplay, Colorado. The short and long course follow the same route until they reach the turn-around point for the short course runners. Short course runners return to Fairplay and long course runners continue to the top of Mosquito Pass and back to Fairplay. Beginning elevation is 9,953 feet above sea level and the long course runners climb to 13,185 feet, not for the faint of heart! See course map on website.
Each runner must be accompanied by a Burro! It is the responsibility of the runner to acquire their own burro. They may use their own animal or borrow/rent someone else's. Each burro will be required to be equipped with a regulation pack saddle, packed with a pick, shovel, and gold pan. The combined weight of the pack saddle and paraphernalia shall be a minimum of 33 pounds. It is strongly recommended that all participants carry at least one - two quarts of water, food, and clothing for all types of weather. These items shall not be part of the 33 pounds. This weight will be checked at the start and finish of the race. Loss of all or part of the pack and paraphernalia will eliminate the contestant. See more detailed equipment information on our website.
Contestant and burro starting the race must remain a team throughout the contest. No assistants will be allowed to accompany any team. The runner may push, pull, drag or carry the burro. The contestant shall at no time progress except under his/her own power. No contestant shall interfere with other contestants by deliberate personal contact or receive help deliberately from others, nor shall he or she use anything other than the speed of travel to keep from being passed. The winning combination consists of man/woman and burro which must cross the finish line as a unit. The man/woman may be leading or following the burro but the burro's nose crossing the finish line first constitutes the winner. Please visit our website for more detailed information on the rules.
Local time: 8:11 PM