Discover exciting horse racing in Prescott

Discover exciting horse racing in Prescott

In “Born to Run”, McDougall mentioned the “Man against Horse Race” race in Prescott. According to Ron Barett in the organizers of the “Horse Racing” race, since the book of McDougall published in 2009, the race has received more attention.


This Arizona race is one of the few in the United States where people and horses compete. The first prize was held in 1983 by two Prescott residents, Steve Rafters and Gheral Brownlow. Gheral is a junkie and owner of a shop in the city; Steve is a cowboy who works for police and loves horse riding. On a beautiful afternoon, on the day of alcohol, the two men decided to compete through a race starting from a pub on Whiskey Street in downtown Prescott, the means of racing a guy with his legs one guy is four-legged of horses. And from there the race “Horse Racing” was born.

In 1988, Ron Barrett, a local runner became the manager of the race and relocated from the original site of White Horse Lake to the present place, the Mount Mingus base in the Prescott valley. All profits from the race are closed to the local food bank, only within 10 years, the fund raising amount has reached more than 100 thousand dollars.

The truth is that the person who races with horses does not start in the US, a few years ago it was born in the misty country, England. Every June, an extraordinary race takes place in the small town of Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales named The Man Versus Horse Marathon, which is not really 26.2 miles, The person who races with horses who has a rider must pass across 24 miles and climb to an altitude of 1400m through the trails and terrain of the town of Llanwrtyd Wells.

On June 11, 2017, about 650 people and 60 horses with horses were fighting to determine which species would win. As a result, the two-legged opponents of the race overcame four-legged opponents in just two times since the race began in 1980 – once in 2004 and once in 2007.

In 2017 the results were no different. The horse was named Rheidol Petra, held by Lola Evans, who won with the time of 2:30:00. Owen Beilby, first-class finisher, reached the finish 20 minutes later.

Some speculate that if the weather is extremely hot, the race will prioritize athletes because horses tend to increase body temperature too quickly. However, others argue that the results simply depend on the size of the participants. It is undeniable that it takes a lot of practice and a little wisdom to complete this thorny race, otherwise there will be an ending like the guy in Australia at the beginning of the year with torn thigh muscles after he decided – perhaps after having a little glaze on his body – the water race raced against the war horses.