The Guinness Book of Records states that the Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world. The 2018 race, the 10th in its history, featured 17 men and 27 women from 12 countries, who bravely rode across 1,000km of Mongolian Steppe aboard the region’s famously tough semi-feral ponies.
Documented in history, these ponies carried the all-conquering Mongol warriors across routes first used by Genghis Khan’s mighty messenger system that connected half the planet. Fearless, sturdy, semi-wild and unbelievably tough the Mongolian ponies have changed very little over the centuries.
The Mongol Derby takes place in some of the remotest terrain imaginable. Riders can be 24 hours from definitive care and injuries in the past have ranged from broken bones including ribs, pelvises, wrists, collarbones, ankles, spinal injuries, concussions, torn ligaments, dislocations, and a huge array of medical issues such as heat stress, hypothermia, dehydration and gastric complaints associated with ultra-endurance events in extreme climates.
Event organisers, The Adventurists, selected Iqarus for the second year in a row to provide strategic advice, first aid training and remote medical cover for the duration of this world-renowned ultra-endurance event.