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Last updated 11:42, April 12 2017
Marahau adventurer Marie Palzer is readying herself for the world's longest, toughest horse race – the Mongol Derby.
Come August, the 22-year-old kindergarten teacher will strap her gear to a semi-wild Mongolian Pony alongside 40 riders in a race that traces a path of military leader Genghis Khan.
Palzer will rely on her own navigational skills, and the kindness of locals, to traverse 1000km in 10 days over rugged terrain.
She will be confronted by vast grassy steppes, looming mountains, marshy plains and deserted wilderness that is home to some of the oldest nomadic tribes.
Only a third of the riders complete the journey and Palzer intends to be one. "I'm pretty determined I'm getting myself across the finish line and I wouldn't be disappointed if I won..."
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