August 4, 2013 - Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia - 30 riders launched on Sunday, August 4, 2013 to take on 1000km of Mongolian steppe on semi-wild Mongolian horses.
The Mongol Derby is the longest, toughest horse race in the world. It's the Khaan's mother of equine adventures, a 1000km multi-horse race across the epic wilderness of the Mongolian steppe. The mammoth network of horse stations is a recreation of Chinggis Khaan's legendary empire-busting postal system. This is no guided tour, or pony trek. There is no marked course, no packed lunches, no shower block, no stabling. That’s the whole point. It's just you, your team of horses and a thousand kilometres of Mongolian wilderness. And possibly a GPS. You must change horses at every station and deliver your mounts to their destination in mint condition. But how you navigate between them is where your adventure begins.
The Morin Urtuu system consists of horse stations, just like those used by the messengers of the great Khaan, hosted by nomadic families at regular (c.40kms) intervals where riders will change horses, rest and eat. There will be a vet at every urtuu who will check the horses coming in and going out.
The River Pilot team is rooting for Lynne Gilbert. Lynne is a 55 year old endurance rider who lives in Raphine, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband Dan, dogs Ellis, Uno and Ryder and Arabian horses Mercuric and John. She works as an accountant with Air2Land International. Riding and running are her favorite activities and she participates in many local road races and endurance rides.
Lynne is using a Garmin Oregon 450 and a Spot Satellite tracker. You can track Lynne live and enjoy in the fun.
Everyone at River Pilot wishes Lynne good luck and fair winds. "Hold tight and let' er run." River Pilot - Come Along For The Ride
Update Aug. 13, 2013 - Lynne Gilbert finished the 2013 Mongolian Derby. Lynne tied for 10th place out of 30 entrants. Everyone at River Pilot congratulates Lynne and look forward to hearing all about the race. Well done Lynne!