Buena Vista Pack Burro Race

Buena Vista, CO

Buena Vista Pack Burro Race 3rd Leg of Triple Crown 2022

Buena Vista Pack Burro Race - August 14, 2022
“Curtis Imrie Day”
WPBA Triple Crown 3rd Leg 2022

Buena Vista Pack Burro Race Info:

Entry Fee:

$60.00 Entry Fee.

The start of the race is at 10 am

In addition to your entry fee, BVPBR encourages you to donate to help cover the cost of these races. So, we are asking our racers to help all they can. Our expenses to put on a race like this is expensive. BVPBR is paying for everything: Camping, Portable bathrooms, chip timing, Town and County Fees, BLM, and Forestry Fees. Your continued contribution will be greatly appreciated. You can Donate Here or when you register!  

When: Saturday, may start arriving at noon, August 13-15 out by Noon,
Where: at 205 N. Court St, Buena Vista, Co. 81211
Rules: The large open lot will be our camping and staging area for the race, along with any other open space, that will be first come first. See map. All areas used by your animals will need to be cleaned up. We will leave it better than when we got there.

Please, if you are having family friends come, consider asking them to volunteer. Contact Brad Wann at 303-906-2269 or email Brad 

5-7 pm on Saturday, August 13th. and 7:30-9:30 am August 14th at the Registration Table at Pinon St and N. Court St.

Start / Finish Line: 
North Colorado Ave on East Main St.
Special Rule Change:
NO 33-pound rule. It was removed by the WPBA in 2020. WPBA rules will be followed.

BVPBR will provide a voucher or a sack lunch. TBD

Awards will begin shortly after the first 25 runners come in 1-1:30 pm


Triple Crown Award:

The Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation presents an award each year to the male and female burro racer who has captured the Triple Crown Races and is a current member of the Ass-ociation prior to the start of the Fairplay race, the last Sunday of July. The award is a $500 check. The award recognizes the commitment of the individual runner to the sport and its promotion as well as recognizing the excellence of the runner and his/her burro. To qualify for the award, an individual must fulfill the following requirements: Join the WPBA by becoming a family or individual member prior to the start of the Fairplay race, the last Sunday of July. Must win each of the long courses at Fairplay, Leadville, and Buena Vista with the same burro. There will be male and female awards available. Entry Fees: Each entrant or his sponsor will pay a fee determined by the town race director. The race director will have discretion as to how the entry fees will be used but are encouraged to use the entry fees for prize money and race expenses. This fee must accompany the entry application and will not be refunded.


No city, private-property owners along the course, sponsoring businesses, governmental agencies, persons, or organizations will be responsible in case of accident or injury to contestants. Each entrant must sign a waiver and/or release of responsibility.


The following is the definition of a burro and is to be used in selecting a burro. The word burro comes from the Spanish word meaning donkey. A donkey is defined as being an ass. They have chestnuts on the forelegs only, while other animals of the same species, such as mules or horses, have them on the hind and forelegs. The tail has no hair, except on its lower part, which has a brush. A registered veterinarian shall have the authority to disqualify any contestant and animal that does not match the above description, or whose animal is sick, doped, injured, or mistreated. The veterinarian will check the animal before and after the race. Winning burros can be held in a designated area by the race committee for 30 minutes for checking by the veterinarian. All runners must keep their burros under control. This is especially true for runners with jacks. Any burro (jacks particularly) that interferes with another runner or burro may be disqualified.


Each burro will be required to be equipped with a regulation pack saddle packed with the prospector's paraphernalia and must include a pick, shovel, and gold pan. It is strongly recommended that all participants carry at least one quart of water, food (an energy bar), and clothing (such as a windbreaker). Loss of all or part of the pack and paraphernalia will eliminate the contestant. The burro must be outfitted with a strap- (leather or synthetic) or rope-style halter. The runner may only be attached to the burro with a single lead rope that does not exceed 15 feet in length (measured from the end of the rope to the tip of the buckle). The lead rope may only be connected to the halter tie ring (or tie loop in the case of a rope halter) and may not be affixed to the saddle or to any other part of the burro. Jack chains may be used only if used with a pressure-release technique. (A jack chain is a chain or strap which is used to apply pressure over the muzzle, under the chin, or through the mouth.) Any racer coming across the finish line with nose and/or chin injuries on the animal resulting from the jack chain will be disqualified.


Any contestant mistreating his animal may be disqualified. No needles, electric prods, narcotics, clubs, or whips, other than the halter rope, may be used.

Veterinary Checks:

The WPBA recommends veterinary checks be done before every race.


The race route must be followed. It will be marked by signs, people, or aid stations. Do not cut across switchbacks. Any burro leaving the course must be returned to the course without shortening the distance of the course. Any runner becoming separated from their burro (i.e., burro and runner are no longer racing as a connected team or unit) must return to the place they became separated before continuing the race. Failure to follow these rules will result in disqualification.


Contestant and burro starting the race must remain a team throughout the contest. No assistants will be allowed to accompany any team.

Winning Team:

The winning combination consists of man, or woman, and burro which must cross the finish line as a unit. The man or woman may be leading or following the burro but the burro's nose crossing the finish line first constitutes the winner.

No Riding:

The runner may push, pull, drag or carry the burro. The contestant shall at no time progress except under his own power.


Should a contestant be disqualified by a race official, he may continue the race (a second offense will definitely put him off the trail) and he may appeal his grievance to the race director. The decisions of the race director will be final.


In the event of a tie, the prize money involved, if any, will equally be divided by the contestants involved.

No Firearms:

Carrying and use of firearms will not be permitted.

When & Where

Aug 14, 2022


10:00 AM

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