Place of origin: Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales
First played: 1980
Team members: Single competitor
Type of sport: Running
Equipment: Running gear
The United Kingdom is not short on creative ideas for sporting events. This annual race pits human versus animal. The marathon is 22 miles, not quite an official marathon, but still impressive.
The first competition started in 1980 in Llanwrtyd Wells, Wales (also the home of bog snorkelling) after an argument in a pub. The owner, Gordon Green, wanted to settle a debate and prove that humans were equal to horses over long distances.
He was proven right in 2004, the 25th iteration of the race, as a man racing on foot beat a horse for the first time (a cyclist won the race in 1989) and collected 25,000 pounds ($32,610 today). The winner's pot had been growing by 1,000 pounds ($1,304) every year.
In 2013, 65 horses entered the event, and 44 completed the course, making it "the world’s largest horse race."
Other man versus horse marathons are held in Scotland and New Zealand.