'Air Race Classic' to put Kirksville Regional Airport on the map

An air race coming up a year from now will put Kirksville Regional Airport on the map.

The 39th Annual 'Air Race Classic' will have pilots making their way to Kirksville in 2015.

The Classic is a transcontinental race for female pilots, originally started by women including Amelia Earhart, when they were banned from racing against men. Those pilots will make their way to Kirksville between June 22 and 25 of next year.

The airport is already preparing for the big event. Numerous volunteers will be needed in order to track and keep time for the racers. The race is also expected to bring in race followers, which will help give the Kirksville community an economic boost.

"It's a pretty big deal for us, and we are proud to be a stop on their race next year. It should bring a substantial amount of economic impact to the community," said Glenn Balliew, Kirksville Regional Airport Director.

Next June's race will begin in Fredericksburg, Virginia and conclude in Fairhope, Alabama, with pilots flying over Kirksville along the way.