Black Canyon City Donkey Derby 3, 6, and 9 Mile Races

March 12, 2022 Black Canyon City, AZ 85324 US Directions

3 Mile Fun Run

$45 03/12 9:00AM MST - 1:00PM MST
47 spots left. Registration ends March 2, 2022 at 12:00am MST

6 Mile Donkey Derby

$45 03/12 9:00AM MST - 1:00PM MST
47 spots left. Registration ends March 2, 2022 at 12:00am MST

9 Mile Donkey Derby

$45 03/12 9:00AM MST - 1:00PM MST
47 spots left. Registration ends March 2, 2022 at 12:00am MST

Virtual 3, 6, or 9 Mile Donkey Dash

47 spots left. Registration ends March 31, 2022 at 12:00pm MST
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18181 East Deep Canyon Trail
Black Canyon City, AZ US 85324

Please join us for the second annual Black Canyon City Donkey Derby on Saturday, March 12th, 2022!

This is a team event that pairs a donkey with runner/walker. Burro running is a team event, the team being comprised of a runner and a burro/donkey. Runners must supply or arrange for their own donkey. Donkeys will not be provided. It is very important that participants spend time practicing and getting to know their donkey and understand donkey etiquette before the event. No other type of equine or animal will be permitted on the course. Pack saddles are recommended, but not required. Donkeys must wear a halter and be led with a single lead rope. Halters may be rope or webbed. A jack chain may be used with a webbed halter and can pass over the nose or under the chin. Any injury to the donkey due to use or misuse of the chain will result in a non-completion. No bits, reins, or sticks of any kind will be permitted. It is recommended that participants use appropriate trail running footwear and carry their own water. Gloves are recommended to prevent rope burn and protection from falls in cactus and rocks. The 6 & 9 mile course is rocky and steep in places. Boots for the donkey are recommended, but not required.


Please check in with your donkey upon arrival and prior to 8 AM March 12th. The check in will be open noon Friday until 8 AM Saturday. There will be a run meeting at 7 AM Saturday morning at which time the start, course conditions, and procedures will be discussed. Please plan on attending without donkey. During the Donkey Derby, teams (1 person + 1 donkey) must remain a team from start to finish. No donkey swapping. If the team becomes separated, once you retrieve your running mate, you must return to the spot that you became separated and proceed from there to be considered for prizes and placing. The runner is 100% responsible for the safe handling and welfare of the donkey throughout the entire event. Good sportsmanship is encouraged and will be rewarded. Please be kind, considerate, and have a great time enjoying our wonderful animals and our open spaces. That is what the burro/donkey community is all about. The runner may push, pull, drag, or carry the donkey.  At no time may the donkey be ridden.  NOTE TO ALL 6 & 9 mile participants: This is not a beginners course, there are steep inclines and rocky declines and a few sections of canyon trail that are going to require some fancy footwork by both team members. Please just slow down and enjoy the beauty. Safety first, competition second. The 3 mile course is relatively easy with only a couple of inclines. If parents or helpers are needed, they are allowed ONLY in the 3 mile course. Please note: If a helper goes with a team, they will NOT be eligible for awards. 

Additional Events 

Friday afternoon, March 11- Costume contest downtown, time TBA.  The $20 entry fee will go towards winner takes all. There will be a burro bus from Deep Canyon Ranch so participants can set up and dress in camp. The theme is your favorite holiday. Both handler and burro costume to be judged together. 

Saturday, March 12, 12 PM or after last team returns Conformation Class- all burros/donkeys entered in the Derby are eligible to enter. There is no entry fee and awards will be given to the Grand Champion. Burros/donkeys will be asked to trot a short distance in hand and handler should be able to show the burros teeth to the judge.

Sunday, March 13 9 AM Obstacle Challenge- $20 entry at the gate at which time the challenge rules will be announced and competition order will be drawn.  Obstacle Challenge consists of 4 obstacles to be completed within 3 minutes. Fastest team completing all obstacles wins the purse. No chain, whip, or stick of any kind permitted in the obstacle challenge.


Dry Camping is available at Deep Canyon Ranch where the run starts and finishes. 


Unisex t-shirts will be available for $20 purchase.  


Participants in this race agree to abide by the Center of Disease Control's recommendations for the prevention of the spread of COVID-19 distancing and other safety guidelines issued by the state, the community, or by this race for participation in this event. Participants agree to follow COVID-19 guidelines including wearing a face/mask or covering unless able to maintain 6 foot of social distance.


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