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On the steppes of the Gobi Desert, the crowd urges on Bactrian camels laden down with all that's needed to build and live in a traditional Mongolian tent. The Guinness World Records classes the 15 km race that's part of the two-day festival as the largest camel race in the world, drawing 1,108 participants. The winning camel romped home in 35 minutes and 12 seconds, according to the records website.

Camels breathe in cold weather during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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A child rides a camel during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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People crowd to watch a camel parade during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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Contestants ride during a camel race at "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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Camels are seen in sunset during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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A camel kneels down during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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Contestants ride during a camel race at "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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People crowd to watch a camel parade during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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People sit on a cart with a camel tied to it during "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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Contestants ride during a camel race at "Temeenii bayar", the Camel Festival, in Dalanzadgad, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia.Rentsedorj Bazarsukh/Reuters

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