31 Jul 2012

Fairplay Burro Race

There are two races I want to do - Imogene Pass and Fairplay's Pack Burro Race

There are actually two Fairplay races - a 15-miler and a 29-miler. Both head up Mosquito Pass, a 13,185' mountain pass from Fairplay to Leadville. The 29-miler goes to the top and comes back to Fairplay (> 3,000' of climbing)

Sunday we went into Fairplay to wander around pre-race and see the burros. The burros need to carry 33lbs, including a pick, shovel and gold pan - official rules here

Curtis Imrie - 3-time champion (in the fun hat)

Hustling to the start

Front Street was again packed

This is a great video - the start of the race

We came up with a not well thought-out plan - drive up Mosquito Pass as far as we could and I would run to the top and then back down while Maureen would watch the race from an aid station near Highway 9. Doing the math we realized she would be driving through all the racers - bad idea. We turned around after 3 miles but a few racers were already on the way up. We pulled over and got a few great pics

George Zack would go on to win the race

We got off Mosquito Pass Road and parked at Aid Station 1 - I'd guess this was 4.5 miles into the race

Heading up Mosquito Pass Road

This is more a very fun event with great people than a race