Burro racing is a unique and complex sport which courses include some of the highest mountain passes on the continent. On steep rugged terrain racers are accompanied by the traditional miners' pack-burro laden with a minimum of 33 pounds of equipment including gold pan, pick, and shovel. Competitors can push, pull, or drag their animals, but never hitch a free ride.
During a career that spanned nearly three decades, Joe Glavinick, a working miner, repeatedly dominated the winner's circle. The Leadville native became a nine-time World Champion and massed a crowd of devoted fans. Joe's typical race strategy used reverse psychology to get his burros to work with him, rather than against him.