When you think “Colorado” and “sports,” what comes to mind?
Skiing? Climbing? Bike racing?
Skiing? Sure, everyone knows we have mountains.
Climbing? Of course. Bagging a 14’er is on everyone’s to do list here.
Cycling? We have road racing, mountain biking, cyclocross, and everything in between.
But if you want a taste of something that you can’t find anywhere else, head on over to Fairplay for the first leg of the Pack Burro Racing Triple Crown.
According to Hal Walter, who has been running the mountain trails tied to maybe the most recalcitrant of training partners for over thirty years now, pack burro racing is Colorado’s only indigenous sport. It’s not what the tourist bureau folks highlight when they put out their brochures, but you don’t get any more Colorado-y, connecting the state’s mining and prospecting history to its current love of the extreme: endurance, adventure, epic, and outdoors.
For more on this uniquely Coloradan event, check out the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation’s website here.