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Marahau, NZ kindergarten teacher ready for Mongol Derby adventure - Full Article

Last updated 11:52, July 31 2017

A 22-year-old Marahau-based kindergarten teacher leaves next week to take part in the world's longest, toughest horse race – the Mongol Derby.

The starting gun will sound on August 9 and Marahau adventurer Marie Palzer will start her ride alongside 40 others in a race that traces a path of military leader Genghis Khan.

"I'm ready. [I'm] definitely nervous but I'm super excited. I just can't wait to get over there."

Palzer has spent the last four months training and prepping herself for the "exciting" and "scary" adventure, knowing only a third of the riders will make it to the finish line before the 10-day deadline.

The time had "come along so fast" and on Tuesday Palzer will be on a plane to Mongolia with nothing but her saddle and riding supplies...

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