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King Mountain, Idaho chosen for site of 2009 U.S. National Hang Gliding Championships.

The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association announces King Mountain near Moore, Idaho has been chosen as the site for the 2009 US National Hang Gliding Championships.

100+ participants are expected to participate from across the United States and abroad. 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 awarded to the area.

King Mountain hang gliding is known for spectacular scenery and long distances. Flights over 100 miles are common, using only thermals as power. Thermals are rising columns of warm air and the lava beds of Idaho's Craters of the Moon provide plenty of thermal activity for the hang gliders to stay aloft. The competition is scored by distance- how far each pilots flies each day determines their score. This type of task is one of the hardest to win in hang gliding. Each competitor must analyze the weather and conditions prior to launching, then make good decisions along a specified route to win the day.

The communities of Moore, Arco, and Butte County have been long supporters of hang gliding and have welcomed pilots from all over the world to Idaho's mountains. This is a highly competitive bid process.; said Lisa Tate, the volunteer event organizer. We presented a bid to the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association at their meeting in Chattanooga, Tennessee. We were very pleased to receive the bid and to have the opportunity to introduce new pilots to the wonderful flying at King Mountain as well as the great communities here."

The Championship is scheduled for July 20-26, 2009. For more information please contact Lisa Tate, Meet Director at (208) 376-7914 or by email at

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