By LAURA AUSTIN News Review Staff Writer–
Nearly 200 participants turned out early on Saturday morning, April 15, for the 4th Annual California Breakfast Burrito’s Run With The Burros charity race. (Burro is the Spanish word for donkey.)
The run was held in Indian Wells Canyon and surrounding areas off Highway 14 in Inyokern.
Runners, ages 13 to 85 years, came from California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and as far away as Canada to join in the races.
The California Breakfast Burritos charity has raised nearly $5,000 yearly for the past several years and is hopeful of reaching that amount again this year.
All proceeds from the race will be dispersed to the following three non-profits: Forever Home Donkey Rescue & Sanctuary, California Breakfast Burritos, and the China Lake Mountain Rescue Group.
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 about burros’ care, use, training, and welfare.
Events include trail work with pack burros for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), also hosting the return of pack burro racing to California.
The annual Run With The Burros has runners and burros covering distances of 10, 17.5, and 26.2 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 offering them to the public for adoption. It is controversial, but the alternative is starvation and more habitat destruction. And horses by gathering the excess that the habitat cannot support and offering them to the public for adoption. It is controversial, but the alternative is starvation and more habitat destruction.