29 Jun '15, 9pm

Get Yer Ass Over the Pass

Get Yer Ass Over the Pass

A s legend has it, two dusty donkey-toting hardrock miners were knocking down a few drinks at an old wooden saloon in Colorado’s high country back in 1949, when one of ’em muttered something about how he could run his jackass up and over a mountain faster than the other. After tipping back one more shot, it was on. Melville Sutton won $500 for being the first to wrangle his burro 23 miles from the mining hub of Leadville, up and over 13,187-foot Mosquito Pass to the remote outpost of Fairplay. Thus, the peculiar sport of pack burro racing was born. It doesn’t matter much if that’s an entirely true story or a tall tale steeped in Western folklore, because whatever happened that whiskey-infused day spawned what would six decades later become Colorado’s official summer heritage sport. Now in its 66th season of organized competition, pack burro racing is a rather bizarre mix o...

Full article: http://running.competitor.com/2015/06/video/get-yer-ass-o...

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