Rocky Pack-Burro Race contestants on Mosquito Pass
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Negative showing pack-burro racers watched by spectators positioned above the road on Mosquito Pass during the Fourth Annual Rocky Pack-Burro Championship Race in 1952. 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 ...