Thousand camel festival or “Mongolian Camel 999” was successfully organized in Gobi Desert on March 6-7 in 2016. This famous festival was first initiated in 1997 by the locals of Umnugovi province to increase the population of two humped Bactrian camel and to protect the camels furthermore to inherit the nomadic camel breeding to the next generation. The most significant event was the race of 1108 Bactrian camel and organizers successfully registered camel races in Guinness book of Record.
The distance of the race was just over 15 km long, with the fastest camel finishing in 35 min 12 sec and the whole race completed in 1 hour 8 min.
Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel attended the history-making event to verify the attempt, and was thrilled to present its organizers with an official certificate recognizing their success.
Since 1997, the festival has grown into a massive two-day event accommodating two camel races, camel polo and other team sports, poetry contests for children, drawing competitions and many other camel-related activities. There were totally around 1600 camels from 11 provinces for the festival.
The recent record almost doubled the previous record-setting camel race, which involved 555 camels and was achieved by the Alxa League Administrative Office of Inner Mongolian Autonomous Region (China) at Tamusu, Inner Mongolia, China, in November 2011.
For the past 15 years, camel festivals have been held all over the country and Mongolia has seen a significant and vital rise in the value of Bactrian camels.