The Man Versus Horse Marathon Takes Racing to a Whole New Level

Every June, an unusual type of race takes place in the tiny town of Llanwrtyd Wells in Wales. The Man Versus Horse Marathon — which isn’t actually 26.2 miles — pits runners against horses and their riders for 24 miles as they climb 4,683 feet through the town’s paths and trails. The race’s two-legged competitors have outrun the four-legged competitors on only two occasions since its inception in 1980 — once in 2004 and once in 2007. What happens if a runner does beat a horse? The prize money rolls over every year that a human doesn’t win, so the winner would probably walk away with a nice chunk of change. When the first person won in 2004, the grand total was £25,000, or just over $31,000. Some say if the weather is extremely hot, the race will favor runners since horses tend to overheat faster. Others say the outcome simply depends on the caliber of the participants who enter. Either way, Man Versus Horse will continue to put runners from all over the world to the test in their quest to outrun their equine opponents.