A Logistical Nightmare
The Mongol Derby is a complicated event to organize and run, to say the least. Hats off to the brave crew members who deal with any number of problems and continue to make the competition a resounding success year after year. Led by Mongol Derby Chief Katy Willings and Head of Mongolian Operations Shatra Pgb, they select the 1,400 horses for the race, work alongside the 200 Mongolian herders and include essential personnel, such as drivers, translators, veterinarians and the four-member medical team. By the time the winner crosses the finish line, about half of the riders will have just reached the midway point. The pack is so spread out along the route that running the derby becomes a juggling act to make sure enough crew members are at each urtuu, ensuring a fair and similar experience for all riders.