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Drone Racing comes to Matteson, Illinois

Regional Final #5 scheduled for September 22–23

information provided by the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau

MATTESON, Ill. (August 16, 2018) – The Matteson Community Center will host the fifth Regional MultiGP Drone Racing Championship on September 22–23. Drone racing pilots from around the world have been competing in local ‘Qualifier’ drone races, working their way to the MultiGP Regional Finals.

MultiGP is a global drone racing league that governs and manages radio-controlled drone racing events across the world and works with groups to grow the sport of drone racing.

Drone racing involves science, technology, engineering, and math skills. (Photo provided)
Drone racing involves drones in the air with pilots on the ground who control, maneuver, and fly the drones through an obstacle course. Eight quads fly at once, employing science, technology, engineering, and math skills to achieve and maintain flight while racing.

Drone racing is a family-friendly sport, with competitors as young as eight qualifying to compete. The sport is growing, and there are currently 600 chapters of drone pilots.

This year pilots from MultiGP Chapters worldwide will compete in Matteson. More than 100 Regional Qualifier drone races have been logged so far. The Regional Qualifier races establish top-ranked pilots and grant an opportunity to compete for the title of 2018 MultiGP Drone Racing Champion.

“The MultiGP Regional Series is designed to provide the drone racing community an accessible yet highly competitive format that clearly develops pilot skills and reveals the most skilled pilots in the country,” says Chris Thomas, Founder of MultiGP.

Jim Garrett, President/CEO of the Chicago Southland CVB stated “We welcome this unique and progressive sporting event to our region. Events are attracted to the Chicago Southland because of the services we provide, outstanding venues, and our centralized geographic location.”

To compete in this event, visit the MultiGP website.

Event schedule

Saturday, September 22

  • 8:00am: Registration and Tech Inspection
  • 9:30am: Pilot Briefing
  • 10:00am: Group A (2 Practice, 3 Qualifiers)
  • 1:00pm: Group B (2 Practice, 3 Qualifiers)
  • 3:00pm: Group C (2 Practice, 3 Qualifiers)

Sunday, September 23

  • 8:00am: Qualifiers (2 Rounds)
  • 11:00am: Top 32 (Heats of 4)
  • 3:00pm: Podium

Matteson Community Center is located at 20642 Matteson Avenue in Matteson, Illinois. Call 708-441-4500 for more information.


Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.