General Information

Date:  July 23, 2017

Departure Point:  Mount Vernon, IL

Arrival Point:  Wausau, WI

Schedule of Events       Race Course       Pilot Referral Program

Hotel Info (see bottom of page)

Airplanes of all types will line up at the starting line for the 20th annual AirVenture Cup cross-country air race at 9am on July 23, 2017 at the Mount Vernon Outland Airport – KMVN. Immediately after takeoff, they will turn northward along the race course with intermediate checkpoints along the way to the finish line at the Wausau Downtown Airport in Wisconsin.

The race is open to a wide variety of pilots and aircraft, from sport pilots to astronauts, and J-3 Cubs to Turbine Legends. Over the years we have had people of varying aviation backgrounds and aircraft in all speed regimes race and win trophies. Aircraft are grouped into classes based on their experimental or production certification, engine size, induction type, and landing gear configuration to keep every aircraft competitive.

More than just a cross country race, the AirVenture Cup is a weekend of fun-filled aviation activity. Starting on Friday, early arriving racers traditionally gather at a to be determined location for an informal meet and great. Attendees beware: the racing stories are like fishing stories, the speeds get faster as the night goes on!

On Saturday the race will host an Airport Open House at the Mount Vernon Municipal Airport. People from the local community and surrounding areas will be invited to visit the race pit, inspect the race planes close-up and talk to competing pilots about the race, the airport, and general aviation.


Hotel Information

There is a block of rooms reserved at a group rate at the Drury Inn, 145 N 44th St, Mt Vernon, IL 62864. You can reserve your room by calling (618) 246-5201 or 800-378-7946, reference the group “AirVenture Cup” to receive group rates.


Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon

145 North 44th Street   Mt Vernon, IL 62864

Telephone:  (618) 246-5201




Thank you for allowing Drury Inn & Suites Mt. Vernon to be a part of your next great event!  We are looking forward to seeing you soon and we are ready to uphold our reputation for great service & value.  Rooms have been held for your group and to make reservations, please click on the link below.



As you might have heard, The Extra’s Aren’t Extra at Drury Hotels!  In addition to the great rate, here are some of the amenities our group will enjoy:


FREE HOT QUIKSTART ® Breakfast – At Drury, “hot” means Belgian waffles, scrambled eggs, biscuits & gravy, sausage and more.


FREE            5:30 Kickback® Enjoy a variety of free snacks — like salads, soups   and more — and cold beverages from 5:30 to 7 p.m.


FREE Free Long Distance – One hour every room every night.


FREE Wireless Internet Access – High speed Internet in all rooms and the lobby.


FREE Soda and Popcorn – From 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm every night in the



       Plus much more!!


Please make your reservations by Friday, June 30, 2017 to receive your group rate.  Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.


Reservations may also be made by calling 1-800-325-0720 and refer to your group number.


Registration CLOSED! 

Young Eagles rides will be available to local youth ages 7-17. This event, typically attended by over a thousand local spectators, is our chance to be ambassadors and advocates for general aviation, and to bring our little part of AirVenture to another city.

Sunday is race day, launching the whole field of racers in an all out speed run to Wausau, WI. After finishing and having lunch, most racers will depart to Oshkosh, WI for the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh fly-in and convention. AirVenture Cup participants will enjoy parking in the race corral near Homebuilt Headquarters. On Monday night, results will be announced and trophies awarded at the awards ceremony. Racers, volunteers, friends, and family are all invited to celebrate another successful race and the start of a great week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh!

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