2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races Canceled
We are deeply saddened to have canceled the 2020 STIHL National Championship Air Races, scheduled for September 16-20, due to the ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19.
This decision was not made lightly and we’re going to greatly miss our September Family this year, but the safety of our fans, pilots, staff, volunteers and community is always our top priority. There were many factors that went into this tough decision, including the uncertainty of the state of the pandemic in September. We’re now focused on creating a great event for you when we return September 15-19, 2021 and host the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.
As a non-profit organization, the Reno Air Racing Association relies on ticket sales, sponsorships and donations to operate the business and put on our world-class event. We experienced a significant decrease in revenue due to the COVID economic crisis, 80% in fact, and are counting on our fans and community more than ever to help us preserve the Reno Air Races legacy.
For our fans who already bought tickets to this year’s event, we asked that requests for how to handle those purchases be submitted by July 15, 2020. We are now analyzing those requests and will correspond via email over the next few weeks. If you requested that we roll your tickets to 2021 or did not submit a request by July 15th, your ticket purchase will automatically be rolled-over to the 2021 event at no charge.
As a 501(c)(3), we have been given the honor of inspiring future generations through the wonder of aviation. Thank you for helping us preserve the legacy of this great event. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you in 2021 for the 57th STIHL National Championship Air Races!