RIP Joe Glavinick


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.

Services for Joe are as follows: Rosary – Friday 6:30 p.m.; funeral service – Saturday 1 p.m. St. Joseph Catholic Church, 424 W. Second St., Leadville.

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