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Chancey Bush
Radley Wright, 4, pets Einstein the burro with Ashley Hanson before the start of the burro races in Idaho Springs Sunday, July 23, 2017.
Pack burro racing a multigenerational tradition

The legends on how exactly pack burro racing got started vary. One legend says two miners found gold at the same spot and raced to town to stake a claim first. Another tells of drunken miners in Leadville who decided to make some easy money by racing with their burros.

With each four-legged competitor carrying a pack resembling what the miners once carried, the sport is deeply rooted in state’s mining history and heritage.

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