Nine-time World Champion pack-burro racer Joe Glavinick died this past week. He was 85. When I first started racing pack burros back in 1980, Joe was 52 and still a force to be reckoned with. A legend in the sport, he was written up in Sports Illustrated, The Denver Post and featured in a booklet advertising the International Scout 4WD vehicle.
In his burro-racing career he won World Championships on the Leadville-Fairplay, Fairplay-Breckenridge, and current 29-mile Fairplay routes. His titles spanned an amazing 21 years, winning his first race in 1955 and his last in 1976.
Here’s a story I wrote about Joe back when I nominated him to the Leadville-Lake County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.