Fruita Native Competes in the Mongol Derby

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FRUITA, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A Western Colorado native is off to the races, in Mongolia.

Christine Roberts is celebrating her 30th birthday competing in the 10th annual Mongol Derby, which is the world's longest and toughest horse race. She is competing against 45 other racers from 13 countries.

They'll travel more than 600 miles on semi-wild horses within ten days.

Her parents, sit in their Fruita home, anxiously keeping up to date on her progress through Twitter.

"Excited and nervous," said Gary Roberts, when asked about his initial reaction to his daughter's ambition to do the race.

"We thought she was crazy. Like 'What? we've never heard of this! What are you doing?'" said Tami Roberts.

Click here to track Christine's progress.

The competition kicked-off on Tuesday and the trail follows Genghis Khan's mail route.

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