Alder Ass Race

August 31, 2024

Pack Burro Racing has a long and colorful history in the West, and South Fork is now host to an annual event sanctioned by The Western Pack Burro Racing Association. Join in as a spectator or as a participant (you’ll need to own or rent a burro!). There’s no riding in this sport; folks run alongside burros. And this is NOT an average foot race: even the fastest racer can be humbled by their running partner (with a mind of its own!).

Starting Line

Pack Burro Race starts at 10am at Brown's Park in South Fork.

Runner must have personal burro or have made arrangements to borrow a burro. Runners cannot participate in this race without a burro (no other equine permitted)- this is a burro race. Solo runners are NOT allowed to participate. No riding allowed- this is an in hand trail race with a burro. Burros shall be in good health and sound condition. Any runner mistreating their burro will be disqualified.

Race Info & Registration

If you don't want to race, but still want to participate, sign up as a volunteer! Volunteer Info

The Alder Ass Race is a pack burro race sanctioned by The Western Pack Burro Racing Association.

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2023 Schedule of Events - Check back for 2024!

WEDNESDAY. AUGUST 30, 2023 - 6 PM, South Fork Community Center
Mandatory Meeting for Race Volunteers and Race Committee

THURSDAY. AUGUST 31, 2023: Burro/human teams begin arriving at Brown's Park from Arizona, California, Colorado, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Washington, Washington DC, and Wisconsin.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2023 • LOGE Wolf Creek, 4-6pm
Meet and Greet the burros at the LOGE Wolf Creek Courtyard. Famous burros on site for petting, snuggling, photo opps, and autographs. Then enjoy the BIG ASS Pre-Race Party from 6-8pm. One beverage ticket provided for each.

7am: Rios Taco Shack Food Truck opens breakfast (7-10 AM) & lunch (10 AM-3 PM)
7am: Drift Away Mobile Coffee Trailer opens (7-3 PM)

  • Time's the Ticket- Guess the winning times for the 3-Mile and 11-Mile race
  • Dumping for Dollars: Buy a poop drop square. When the donkeys start the race, the owner of the square with the first poop* wins!
  • Bucket Raffles: Buy a bunch of raffle tickets and deposit as many as you want in the buckets next to the prizes you want to win. Dozens of great items to try for.
  • Silent Auction: Bid on golf outings, paintings, metal sculpture, ceramic sculpture, float trips, exquisite jewelry, artwork, and other great items.
  • Duck Races on the Rio Grande: Purchase a numbered plastic duck. All the ducks are dumped in the Rio Grande about ¼ mile upstream of Brown's Park and the first duck to float to Brown's Park is declared the winner!

9am-3pm: VENDORS - local products from a variety of friendly folks
11am-2pm: Live Music
9:30-9:45am: Burro/human teams begin lining up at START/FINISH Line
9:45-9:55am: Last call for competitors at START LINE
10am: Annual Alder Ass Race begins
10:35-10:45am: First 3-mile teams arrive at Finish Line
11:30-11:45am: First 11-mile teams arrive at Finish Line
3pm: Awards Ceremony under the tent at Brown's Park

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