Boise Man is the Oldest Winner of the Mongol Derby Horse Race 

click to enlarge Robert Long flashes a thumbs up riding on a horse in the Mongol Derby.

Mongol Derby

Robert Long flashes a thumbs up riding on a horse in the Mongol Derby.

Genghis Khan is the only military leader to successfully invade Russia during the winter. Boisean Robert Long, on the other hand, is the oldest person to win the Mongol Derby, a horse race based on the Mongolian messenger system used by Khan.

The Mongol Derby takes place in the Mongolian Steppe, a region in China.

The 1,000-kilometer race is described as “the toughest test on the planet” for horse riders of all stripes. The race is 200 kilometers per day over five days, with riders changing horses every 40 kilometers, according to a release from New Chapter Marketing.

Riders from all around the world will mount more than 25 semi-wild horses and navigate tricky terrain. There were 42 riders in total, hailing from the Middle East to New Zealand.

Long finished the race two hours before the second place finisher, according to the release.

“Bob isn’t just the oldest, he has ridden better and stronger, camping out more than anyone else. We opened up the course this year to make navigation a key skill again, and Bob absolutely nailed it. The man is tougher than a box of concrete,” said Tom Morgan, head of The Adventurists, the organizer of The Mongol Derby.


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