The Transylvania Times -

By Jeremiah Reed
Staff Writer 

Burro Racing: Donkeys, Distance Runs - Brevard NC


Leah Nicholson and her pet donkey, Java, have competed in burro races in Colorado. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

While the sight of a woman running through the forests of DuPont following a donkey and holding onto the reins for dear life might be strange to some, for one local resident, it's just another afternoon training session.

Leah Nicholson, 27, and her donkey, Java, are competitors in one of the rarest sports left in America: burro racing. The concept is simple and combines what most would consider a traditional trail run, with the added component of having a burro - Spanish word for donkey - accompany the runners along the way.

The sport has its roots in Colorado and today the Centennial S...

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