‘Breakfast Burritos’ schedule inaugural pack burro race

‘Breakfast Burritos’ schedule inaugural pack burro raceBy KELLY ANNE COSNER

News Review Correspondent

The California Breakfast Burritos are seeking entrants for their inaugural “Run With the Burros” pack race Saturday, April 18.

The 10-mile course starts in Indian Wells Canyon and follows the hills to the north through Short Canyon before turning back. A 26-mile course will take competitors through an additional segment that covers the Nadeau-Magnolia Mining Compound and follows the west side of Short Canyon and Five-Fingers Mountain.

Competitors and their burros will be traveling on dirt roads as well as steep, narrow trails and water crossings.

The “Breakfast Burritos” were founded by John Auborn and wife Karen Usko, who train burros in the area. Auborn noted that the 10-mile course is friendly to those with less experience.

“We hope it is the first of many new pack burro races in California,” he said.

“Not everyone can own or borrow a burro, so this run allows anyone to compete at a run, hike or crawl with or without a burro.”

Usko added that the event has already attracted more than 60 participants from California, Colorado, Arizona, Oregon and Illinois.

“Burros have a long history in the Indian Wells Valley,” said Auborn.

“They were brought here as beasts of burden and faithful companions by early prospectors.

“They worked hard hauling water and other much-needed supplies to the mining camps, and some even worked underground. After the mining booms and frenzy died, burros were out of a job and many were turned loose to roam the desert.

“There are stories of burros competing with cattle in the canyons of this race course and sometimes they would wander onto the runways of the naval base. Eventually, they were rounded up and removed by the Bureau of Land Management, yet a few still remain in the mountains to the east.”

Organizers thanked local sponsors, including Bernie’s Landscaping, Bishop Veterinary Clinic, Indian Wells Brewing Company and Ridgecrest Regional Hospital, for support of the race.

Spectators are encouraged to come out and cheer from the sidelines.

Proceeds from this event will go to Forever Home Donkey Rescue and Sanctuary in Arizona.

For more information about this event, visit “Run With The Burros, California”on Facebook.

Pictured: Karin Usko, pictured at home with one of her many beloved burros. — Photo by Kelly Anne Cosner

Story First Published: 2020-03-13