Update (December 21):
I feel stupid for not thinking about this earlier, but for any racers currently participating in the Pre-Release beta test, please roll back to the Live Build (220.127.116.11) prior to December 26 for the Cannonball Run. It’s important that all racers are playing on the same version since (among other things) Live Weather is one of the changes in the Pre-Release build.
The fourth and final event of the 2021 MSFS Endurance Race Series is coming up in less than three weeks. By popular demand, this is a re-run of the first event that started this madness, the Cannonball Run. Following the route of the famous unsanctioned road race, we’ll be flying from New York City (KJFK) to Los Angeles (KLAX) using single-engine piston aircraft.
As with all the events in the Endurance Race Series, the MSFS community will be raising money for a charity relevant to the location of the event. Since the Cannonball Run takes place in the United States, the charity for this event is The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Our fundraising goal is USD $10,000.
The event begins on Sunday, December 26 at exactly 8am local time in New York (1300Z). The clock immediately starts running, and your race is over when you land at LAX. You don’t need to exit the runway or shutdown your engine, just come to a full stop with parking brakes on. There is no pre-defined flight plan. All pilots are responsible for plotting their own course coast-to-coast across the continental USA.
There are no prizes. Pilots compete only for fame, glory, and bragging rights.
Please see below for the start time in various world cities. Note that the event could begin on Monday, December 27 depending on your time zone.
I have also created a countdown timer to the exact event start time here.
Cannonball Run Event Description
New York (KJFK) to Los Angeles (KLAX), USA
December 26, 2021 @ 8am New York time
2,150 nautical miles
Estimated flying time: ~18-19 hours at an average ground speed of 120 knots
Charity to support: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
If you are interested in competing in this event, please read the next post carefully for information on how to register and the race rules.