2009 US Hang Gliding National Championship Takes to the Skies

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2009 US Hang Gliding National Championship Takes to the Skies over the big mountains near Sun Valley, Idaho. Over 100 hang glider pilots from all over the world will race for a week to determine the US Champion.

Over 100 Hang Glider Pilots will flock to King Mountain, Idaho on July 20-26 for the 2009 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championships.

Participants from across the U.S. and abroad are expected to participate in this event that requires pilots engage to conduct unpowered flight as far as possible over an open distance course daily.

Pilots will fly one of four possible courses with the hopes of covering the most terrain possible depending on the weather prediction and thermal updraft velocity. It is not uncommon for pilots to cross more than 150 miles over several mountain ranges, and into adjoining states.

King Mountain is a world-renowned hang gliding site located in the heart of Idaho's spectacular Lost River Range. This is the first time the National Hang Gliding Championships have been conducted here, however the site has hosted competitions for 15 consecutive years leading to this national event. The Big Lost Mountain Range is known for spectacular scenery and pilot friendly thermals, which are rising columns of warm air and the lava beds of Idaho's Craters of the Moon allow the hang gliders to stay aloft over more than 100 mile courses.

"The 'Ironman' nature of the week long event is one of the most grueling and extreme hang gliding challenges in the world," said Lisa Tate, the meet director.

This event's spectacular visual nature is great for media coverage. Additional photos and contacts are available for use/ interview. A limited number of fly-alongs are possible for photographers and journalist.

For more information go to http://www.ushpa.aero.

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