Photograph taken in Fairplay showing a moving burro with his nose crossing the finish line in the Fourth Annual Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race in 1952 (the date on the verso of the photograph is probably incorrect). The Race was started in 1949 as part of the town of Fairplay's Gold Days Celebration. It was originally a grueling 22.9 miles starting in Leadville, Lake County and traveling over Mosquito Pass to end in Fairplay, Park County. The burros carry a thirty-three pound pack saddle loaded with traditional mining equipment. Contestants can pull, push or chase their burros, but must stay tethered to them by a fifteen-foot rope and are not allowed to ride. In the 1950s, the winner of the race received $500 and a trophy presented by the Rocky Mountain News.
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