Bobby and Wellstone are world champs

Laredo and Hal head out on the 30-mile Fairplay World Championship Pack-Burro Race course. Photo by Tim Van Riper.

Laredo and Hal head out on the 30-mile Fairplay World Championship Pack-Burro Race course. Photo by Tim Van Riper.

Bobby Lewis and Wellstone are the new World Champions of Pack-
Burro Racing. I know this because after 5 hours, 47 minutes and a few seconds of trading places with them for 30 miles up and down Mosquito Pass, through a thunderstorm at the summit, blinding sleet, rain, rushing creeks and snowfields, they got ahead coming down Front Street in Fairplay and made it back to the Prunes Monument just a few seconds ahead of Laredo and myself. I’ve been told the difference was 5 to 15 seconds. Some people have asked about Bobby. He’s a good runner, 44 years old, and he hiked the entire Continental Divide Trail from Canada to Mexico with his family and Wellstone carrying their gear a couple summers ago. So, yeah, they are a formidable team. It can hurt a person’s brain to finish second by such a close margin, but then I enjoy the competition and at this stage of the game I am just glad to be healthy and in the mix. My thanks to my crew, Tim and Shirley Van Riper, who were out there with water, dry clothes, and Hal’s Jumpin’ Jackass Juice (watch for the recipe). I couldn’t have done it without them. Tim also took some fine photos of the race. Next race is Leadville: Sunday, Aug. 3.

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