WAUSAU – One hundred and nine women will compete in an all-women cross-country airplane race that flies into Wausau on June 20.
Forty-nine airplanes will compete in the Air Race Classic, or ARC, on June 20 and 21 at the Wausau Downtown Airport. They will execute high-speed flybys over a timing line at the airport as teams race the clock on their way from Jackson, Tennessee, to Welland, Ontario.
This year’s course covers 2,538 miles. The 109 racers have four days to complete the course, which will start in Jackson at 8 a.m. June 18 and end in Welland at 5 p.m. June 21.
After flying the timing line, racers may land to fuel up and eat, then will fly the timing line again as they depart for the next stop, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan/Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Some teams may spend the night in Wausau.
Many racers take off for the timing line at 6:30 a.m., weather permitting. Teams decide where to remain overnight in the late afternoon or early evening. All teams must be on the ground by about 9 p.m.
For more information and to follow the racers online, see airraceclassic.org.