140 participants joined in the annual burro race Saturday

140 participants joined in the annual burro race SaturdayBy LAURA Austin

News Review Staff Writer

Nearly 150 runners turned out early on Saturday morning, April 9 for the Annual California Breakfast Burrito’s Run With The Burros charity race. The event was held in Indian Wells Canyon and surrounding areas off of Highway 14 in Inyokern.

Runners came from California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and as far away as Maryland to joined in the races.

The California Breakfast Burritos charity has raised nearly $5,000 every year for the past three years and is expected to reach that amount again this year.

Donations raised form the run go to the Donkey Rescue and Sanctuary in Benson Arizona.

It all began with training and running their own burros. With what they called, “Our weekend outings, running and hiking with a few friends, our donkeys and a stop to share breakfast.”

California Breakfast Burritos was formally incorporated as a charitable non-profit in 2020. The mission is to foster the sport of pack burro racing. Also to train, care for and adopt wild and domestic burros. This includes educating the public in the care, use, training and welfare of burros.

Events include trail work with pack burros for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) also hosting the return of pack burro racing to California.

Our annual Run With The Burros, has runners and burros covering distances of 10, 17.5 and 26 miles through the canyons of the Eastern Sierra Nevada. They also re-train and re-home about a dozen burros each year.

The BLM manages the population of burros and horses by gathering the excess that the habitat cannot support and offers them to the public for adoption. It is controversial, but the alternative is starvation and more habitat destruction.

Burro is the Spanish word for donkey.

Laura Austin Photo: Heather Wilson of Chandler, AZ finished 1st place in the 10 mile Burro Run with a time of 2hrs 15 min. Heather was one of 29 runners with burros out of 140 participants in last Saturday’s California Breakfast Burrito’s Run With The Burros race.

Story First Published: 2022-04-15