31 Jul '17, 4pm

This Week in Running: World Mountain Running Champs, Swiss Alpine Marathon, Speedgoat 50k, more.

Not that much unlike ultrarunning, pack burro racing has increased in popularity in recent years, and like ultrarunning, that popularity causes some reflection by some longtime participants. Race fields regularly hit new all-time highs with over 60 man-and-burro teams racing in six or seven different mining towns around Colorado. The growth makes for a potentially dangerous start and increased team conflicts, but also brings more and more attention to the once-dying mining towns that are now dependent on tourism. Typically the races act as the marquee draw as part of a tourist festival, and for some runners, races are competitive–this one paid $1,000 to its overall winner–but for most newcomers, the races are a bucket-list event.

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