Cup this July at Alice Springs, Northern Territory,
Australia - 2015
July the outback town of Alice Springs in the country's
Northern Territory devotes a day to racing these "ships
of the desert."
is known as the Lasseters Camel Cup and it was started
in 1970 to raise funds for the local charities.
what's involved? Camels are notoriously temperamental.
"Racing them can prove a nightmare for riders
and handlers but fantastic viewing for spectators,"
the event's website states. Camels run up to 40 mph
on a track created for the event, a spokeswoman said.
not for everyone - riding that is. Only professional
riders and their camels are allowed to enter the races.
Last year, Hannah Purss, 24, rode to victory to claim
the Gold Camel Cup and the $1,700 in prize money.A
the races, there's a "honeymoon handicap"
where husbands start off on camels and must stop to
pick up their brides before galloping to the finish.
Between races there's bellydancing and rickshaw races
where two riders and two haulers switch places midway
through the course. This year there's talk of plenty
the 5,000 spectators drawn to the event each year
are encouraged to wear Kentucky Derby-style hats too.
annual Camel Cup will be held at Blatherskite Park
on the 2nd Saturday in July.