Each 12 months, Mr. Morgan stated, he spends months plotting the route, enlisting 300 to 400 Mongolian searching households to work the race and about 1,500 horses to hold contestants throughout excessive passes, big valleys, wooded hills, river crossings, wetland, dunes and open steppe in excessive temperatures.
It prices about $13,700 to enter, which incorporates a custom-made saddle, entry to a medical response staff and veterinarians to take care of the horses, amongst different bills.
“We’ve had older riders before and they’ve struggled for various reasons,” Mr. Morgan stated in an interview on Tuesday. This 12 months, contributors’ accidents included a damaged collarbone, a punctured lung and a damaged rib. (There have been zero horse accidents.)
“The fundamental essence of an adventure has to incorporate the unknown,” Mr. Morgan stated. “The most rich experiences come from this sort of slightly chaotic moments when you’re not completely prepared.”
But Mr. Long is now “a legend,” he stated.
On Tuesday, Mr. Long had simply returned to Boise after a number of long-haul flights from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Reached by phone, he stated he was getting used to sleeping in a mattress once more and his gastrointestinal system is reacquainting itself to American meals.
Mr. Long, who retired as the chief know-how officer for a well being care know-how firm, stated he was impressed to enter the competitors after watching “All the Wild Horses,” a movie concerning the race.
“It took me about 15 minutes to decide that I could do that,” he stated. He “hated” to assume that he couldn’t.