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11 exhilarating images of animals in mid-race
They may not always be elegant, but, really, any animal with legs or wings can be a competitor
 
Female camels compete in weekly races at the Kuwait Camel Racing club in Kebd.
Female camels compete in weekly races at the Kuwait Camel Racing club in Kebd. REUTERS/Stephanie McGehee 

Racing: It's not just for horses. Most weekends in Kuwait, if you know a guy, you can find camels running their gangly legs around the track while carrying robot-jockies that are controlled by trainers. In the Alaskan wilderness, athletic, blue-eyed huskies are heralded for their endurance as they trek across more than 1,000 miles of white Northern country, while in Berlin, even the modest, short-legged pug can be elevated, if for a brief moment, to racing champion. From canines and camels to the curious crab, check out 11 surprisingly agile creatures in motion: 

A pug competes in a race during the third international pug dog meeting in Berlin on July 14, 2012. (REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz)

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Specially trained racing pigeons are released from their boxes as they start their flight from Alnwick to their home lofts across Yorkshire and Humberside in northern England on April 21, 2012. The winner is determined by the bird's velocity, which is calculated by the distance in yards, divided by the number of minutes it took the bird to return. Races can be cut-throat, often won and lost by seconds. (REUTERS/Nigel Roddis)

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Pigs race at the Los Angeles County Fair, the largest in the country, in Pomona, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2012. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)

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This chubby bunny looks light as a feather as it jumps over a hurdle at an obstacle course on the fifth Open Rabbit Sport Tournament in Rommerz, Germany on Aug. 28, 2011. The event included light-weight, middle-weight, and jumping competitions. (Ralph Orlowski/Getty Images)

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In its quiet glory, a crab, guided by its human handler, crosses the finish line to win the International crab race during the annual festival in Bucco, Tobago island on April 10, 2012. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva)

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By the looks of it, these strapping young men are pushing hard just to keep up with their goats in the annual "derby" during Tobago's Crabtree/Mt. Pleasant Community Council goat race on April 9, 2012. Goat racing is an annual tradition that has been in practice in the island country since 1925. (REUTERS/Andrea De Silva)

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The official start of the 2011 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Willow, Alaska, and these dogs couldn't look happier. (Al Grillo/ZUMA Press/Corbis)

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This ox and his excitable jockey, riding bareback in traditional Bavarian lederhosen, is killing it in the fifth annual ox-racing championship in Muensing, Germany on Aug. 26, 2012. (Johannes Simon/Getty Images)

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Domesticated elephants run during a race in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Feb. 11, 2006. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

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A competitor guides his reindeers during a reindeer race at the Festival of the North, the annual welcoming of spring, in Russia's arctic seaport of Murmansk on April 1, 2012. (REUTERS/Andrei Pronin)

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