Welcome to the Big Pigeon Race
If you like racing your old birds long distances at a reasonable price with interstate competition consider The Big Pigeon Race.
Long distance racing has slowly been disappearing but with your help we would like to change that. Our goal is to bring back old bird long distance racing at a reasonable cost and at the same time provide interstate competition.
In 2010, our first year for The Big Pigeon Race, we focused on three states, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. We were not limited to the three states mentioned and did pickup flyers from Georgia, and Maryland as well. Because of the huge success of The Big Pigeon Race in 2010, we will have the same focus for the 2011 and the 2012 race.
This coming year 2012 we hope to go North along I-95 picking up birds as far as NJ.
We have a 94 slot trailer that can handle 2000 birds and two smaller trailers that can transport another 1700 birds. Our plan is to have the two smaller trailers picking up birds starting at Benson NC. One will go north along I-95 to Colonial Heights Virginia, it will return to North Carolina taking I-85 to Hillsborough NC where the baskets will be transferred to the large trailer. The other trailer will also start from Raleigh, NC going east on I-40 turning south on I-95 to I-20 then going west to Columbia, SC. Returning north on 1-85 to Hillsborough, NC where we will transfer baskets to the large trailer.
The race date for 2012 Big Pigeon Race is: May 19,2012
If you have any questions about pickup points or want to join us. Contact
Our race station is Effingham, IL.. All lofts must be a minimum of 400 miles from the release station. We will recognize state winners and distance winners.
What is important to understand about our race is that you do not pay by the bird, you rent basket space.
The cost per basket is $70.
You will have a choice this year you can release birds in the morning race that we hope to release at about sunrise or you can have your birds released in the second race that will be released at 12 noon or later.
Distances to cities from the race station
Effingham, IL. RACE STATION 39:06.690 N, and 88:34.283 W
City and Distance
Asheville, N.C. I-26 & US 19 35:34.674 82:34.968 409.840
Atlanta, GA. I-20 & I-75 33:44.720 84:23.497 437.074
Augusta, GA. I-20 & Washington Rd. 33:30.724 82:02.581 530.521
Baltimore, MD. MLK Blvd. & Centre St. 39:17.901 76:37.445 640.893
Birmingham, AL. I-20 & 26th St. 33:31.709 86:48.256 397.354
Charlotte, NC. I-77 & I-277 35:13.495 80:51.905 502.411
Columbia, S.C. Assembly St. & Taylor St. 34:00.367 81:02.259 546.953
Dover, Del. State St. & Division St. 39:09.701 75:31.545 700.261
Fayetteville, N.C. Green & Hay St. 35:03.151 78:52.698 603.801
Greensboro, N.C. Green St. & Alt. 29 36:04.412 79:47.488 525.093
Norfolk, VA. City Hall & Tidewater 36:50.705 76:16.676 688.498
Philadelphia, PA. 24th St. & Chestnut 39:57.164 75:10.755 717.101
Raleigh, N.C. Western Blvd. & Saunders 35:46.164 78:38.682 592.090
Richmond, VA. Grayland & Meadows 37:32.796 77:28.039 612.472
Spartanburg, S.C. Main & Church 34:56.974 81:55.901 465.736
Washington, D.C. Whitehouse 38:53.859 77:02.189 620.609
Wilmington, Del. Jackson & 4th 39:44.641 75:33.608 696.874
Wilmington, N.C. Front & Queen 34:13.591 77:56.860 678.818