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Rain shortens Big Muddy Air Race

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MURPHYSBORO — Competitors revved up and took off Saturday morning at Southern Illinois airport for the sixth running of the the Big Muddy Air Race.

About three dozen planes from as far away as Texas and Canada participated in the race, which featured planes that could travel faster than 250 miles per hour.

The event had a 151 mile course, but after takeoff storms around Sparta did end the race early for many of the competitors about a third of the way through.

Chuck Stuhrenberg was one of those pilots whose race was cut short but he says it was still a good time

“It’s just a chance to have some fun and race against time,” He said.

Sam Hoskins organized and also flew in the race. He says races like this are competitive but that its also just a chance to just get up in the air and have fun.

“You get the competition, it’s very fun,” Hoskins said. “I’ve got my rivals in the deal. We’re best of friends but we’re still rivals.”

Hoskins says the event, which was open and free to attend, is a great way to get people interested in recreational flying.

“There’s a lot of things that people can do with their airplanes, the hobbyists, and this is a great chance for people to get out and fly their plane, and do something other than just go somewhere for coffee on Saturday morning,” he said.

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