Man versus Horse Marathon

On June 12, 2010, the annual Man versus Horse Marathon took place in Llanwrtyd Wells, Powys, Wales. Three hundred runners took on 44 horses, and as usual, the winner was a horse. Sly Dai, ridden by Llinos Jones, came in at 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 4 seconds. The fastest human runner finished in 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds.

The route of the race includes hilly farm tracks, forests, footpaths, and open moorland. In 1989, a cyclist beat the horses by three minutes. The first runner to beat the horses was Huw Lobb in 2004. He finished in 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 19 seconds and won the prize of £ 25,000 ($31,786.40 USD). Since then, only one other man has won the race: Florian Holzinger in 2007.

The runners are given a head start on the horses. The videos below show the runners start and the horses start.


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