Run with a donkey in the "Town Too Tough to Die!" Please join us for the 3rd Annual Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash on Saturday, April 2, 2022!
Runner must have personal donkey or have made arrangements for a donkey to register for this race. Runners cannot participate in this race without a donkey (no other equine permitted). Solo runners are NOT allowed to participate. No riding allowed- this is an in hand trail race with a donkey. Donkeys shall be in good health and sound condition.
This is a TEAM race with a runner and donkey. Teams starting the race must remain a team throughout the race connected with a lead rope no longer than 15 feet. DONKEY EXCHANGING NOT ALLOWED. If the runner becomes separated from their donkey, (runner and donkey are no longer racing as a connected team) the team must return to the place they became separated before continuing the race. Failure to return to the point of separation WILL result in disqualification. Teams cannot receive outside assistance from spectators, family, or friends. Doing so may result in disqualification. Registered runners may support and assist other teams while on the course. The proper race etiquette is to ask before assisting another team. The winning combination consists of the runner and donkey team to cross the finish line. The runner may be leading or following the donkey. The donkey's nose crossing the finish line first constitutes the winner.
The courses are challenging and rocky. Boots for donkeys are highly recommended, but not mandatory.
There are 3 distances: 3 mile intro (pack saddle not required), 6 mile short (pack saddle not required), and the Western Pack Burro Ass-ociation (WPBA) sanctioned 13 mile long course (pack saddle and traditional mining gear of gold pan, pick, and shovel required). Courses will be marked by color.
3 Mile intro course YELLOW RIBBONS, 6 mile short BLUE RIBBONS, and 13 mile long ORANGE RIBBONS. There will be water stations at the break off of the three courses. Water stations will be near the Charleston Road crossing for the 6 & 13 mile courses and at Monument Guest Ranch for 13 mile course. First aid supplies will be at each station with emergency crew on stand by.
Top three finishers for 3 mile and 6 mile course will receive trophies.
Trophies and prize money will be awarded to the top three finishers of the 13 mile course.
13 mile course teams will follow WPBA rules. Each donkey must be equipped with a pack saddle carrying traditional mining gear of gold pan, pick, and shovel. Items may be carried inside saddle bags or may be attached and displayed to pack saddle. Traditional mining gear may be checked at finish line. There shall be no minimum weight requirement for donkeys to carry.
ALL ENTRIES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE AND NON-TRANSFERABLE.
*Banner Photo- Mark Levy HERALD/REVIEW
Bracket/Division Details & Fees:
Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash 3 Mile Intro Course3 Mile Intro Course (YELLOW RIBBONS): Starting line is on historic Allen Street. Teams will run east on Allen Street and make a right turn that will go through Toughnut Gulch then into the historic mining district of Tombstone. Teams will travel over the Good Enough, Way Up, Toughnut, Girard, and Westside Mines, powering up a steep incline to an 1800s water tank on top of Tombstone Hills. The water tank is hand carved from solid granite which is fed by 20+ springs from 26 miles away providing Tombstone with its water supply. You will progress down hill within view of spectators/town for approximately one mile. On the return, teams will cut across the gulch back to the mining properties to the Good Enough Mine onto Allen Street for the finish line. This course provides a number of different surfaces and terrains including a steep grade from 4500 ft to approximately 4900 ft.Activity Starts: 4/2/2022 08:00 - Activity Ends: 4/2/2022 13:00Registration opens : 12/1/2021 10:00Activity type: Adventure raceRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash 6 Mile Short Course6 Mile Course (BLUE RIBBONS): Will run 2 miles of the 3 mile course. At mile 2, turn left, the course breaks off into the deeper part of Tombstone’s historic mining district into Toughnut Gulch. The course then crosses over the Lucky Cuss and Westside Mines and will come back into Tombstone finishing on Allen Street.Activity Starts: 4/2/2022 08:00 - Activity Ends: 4/2/2022 13:00Registration opens : 12/1/2021 10:00Activity type: Adventure raceRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt
Tombstone Desert Donkey Dash 13 Mile Long Course13 Mile Course (ORANGE RIBBONS): Will run 2 miles of the 3 mile course. At mile 2, the course breaks off into a challenging route, with an incline from 4600 ft to 5000 ft over the hill into the gravel pit with views of the Grand Central & Contention Mines onto the Emerald Mine Road. The course turns right onto Old Owls Nest Road, crosses Charleston Road at the Hobo Camp, cutting through the old corrals to the arroyo up to the powerline road to the 1903 railroad bed under the 1900s train trestle to Schieffelin Monument through the Monument Guest Ranch (you MUST cross over a timing mat at the Monument Guest Ranch- failure to cross over mat will result in disqualification) back onto Monument Ranch Road (dirt highway designated by President Dwight D. Eisenhower) back on to Allen Street into Tombstone.Activity Starts: 4/2/2022 08:00 - Activity Ends: 4/2/2022 13:00Registration opens : 12/1/2021 10:00Activity type: Adventure raceRequires Date of BirthRequires phone numberGiveaway(s): T-Shirt