Photograph taken in the 1950s showing a young woman with her burro preparing for the annual Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race (It is now called the World Championship Pack-Burro Race) over Mosquito Pass. 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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