Colorado Wants State Sport: Donkey Racing
Advocates stubborn amid controversy
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 4, 2011 3:24 PM CDT
Some Coloradans are demanding a new official state sport: donkey racing.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Pack burro racers’ task is straightforward, but it’s not easy: They must coax, push, and pull a donkey through the Colorado mountains as quickly as possible. Now, competitors want some recognition for their efforts, the Wall Street Journal reports. They’re calling for donkey racing to become the Colorado’s official sport, because, they say, it’s the only one indigenous to the state. Plus, official status “would make me seem less crazy,” says a fan.

Though the sport remains on the “fringe,” as a lawmaker puts it, its participants can make a lot of noise. They’ve started petitions, sent emails to state legislators, and put their donkeys on parade in an effort to see their sport gain official recognition. It’s already a part of state history, inspired by gold prospectors who rushed their donkeys into town to register new finds. Besides that, it’s just fun, say competitors. “Feeling the sweat and the dust, smelling the donkey next to me—it makes me feel alive,” says one.

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YetAnotherCollegeKid
Sep 16, 2011 7:52 PM CDT
Downhill mountain biking. Whitewater rafting. Hang gliding. Rock climbing. Any of these are acceptable Colorado state sports; DO NOT let this happen in my state.
easterner
Aug 4, 2011 8:41 PM CDT
"Feeling the sweat and the dust, smelling the donkey next to me—it makes me feel alive," says Bethany Buchanan, a 27-year-old who ran her first burro race last year and has joined the lobbying effort." Bethany is one kinky bitch.
schmidtkoff
Aug 4, 2011 7:07 PM CDT
let the reverse go forward., the pack burro racers should themselves coax, push and pull themselves through the colorado mountains while all the while the burros should bray them on to completion.