Camel racing is a historical pastime practiced from the deserts of North Africa to the Mountainous regions of Pakistan and everywhere in between.
Starting last month in Saudi Arabia, the annual Crown Prince Camel Festival saw the first official race between 13 female riders from different countries.
Female riders from the region (Iran, Jordan, KSA, and Yemen), as well as France, Germany, and the USA, met at the Taif Camel Field to compete in a short race. The race is no easy feat as camels can run to speeds in the neighborhood of 60 Km/H making accidents rather dangerous.
American rider Taylor Dees came in first place trailed by the Iranian rider Ezatallah Farmoush, with German rider V. Mark Ward clenching 3rd place in the 2 KM race with the fastest time of just under 4 minutes.
This event serves as an encouragement to the ever-increasing female participation and interest in the sport. As more women turn up to spectate and observe past races and from now on, they will have the chance to compete in future marathon events in cooperation with the International Camel Racing Federation (ICRF).
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