Nightside Pick: Camel Race

By WEEK Reporter

November 21, 2011 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 2:19 AM CDT

Alatengaobao, Inner Mongolia -- It's the largest camel race on record... 555 bactrian camels completed a 5-kilometer cross-country race Sunday.

Participants reportedly started training their camels six month before the competition.

That was both to ensure the camels were healthy, and that the riders
didn't fall off.

Going five kilometers -- about three-point-one miles --took three hours.

Just so you know, the Bactrian camel has two humps on its back, in contrast to the single-humped dromedary camel.

A fellow by the name of Yilatu and his camel was the first to cross the finish line.

This town has been long called the "hometown of camels", and camel races are indispensable for weddings, gatherings, and temple assemblies.

That may explain why Yilatu is seen wearing a suit while camel racing.