UAVs Declared Prohibited at Kentucky Derby, Boston Marathon

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are unwelcome at two upcoming public events in the U.S. – the Kentucky Derby and the Boston Marathon.

Churchill Downs Racetrack says it is prohibiting remote-controlled aircraft from the Kentucky Derby on May 2 and the Longines Kentucky Oaks on May 1.

According to Churchill Downs Racetrack, the addition of UAVs – as well as selfie sticks – to the roster of this year’s prohibited items grew out of an increase in the popularity of drones and concern for the safety of Derby and Oaks Day patrons, the horses competing in races those days, and participating horsemen and members of their respective staffs.

Additionally, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the Boston Athletic Association have declared a “no drone zone” for the “entire route of the Boston Marathon,” which is a 26.2-mile course.

“The public is being advised NOT to operate any type of drone (unmanned aerial vehicle), including remotely controlled model aircraft, over or near the course, or anywhere within sight of runners or spectators,” they announced in a policy memo for the event, being held on April 20.


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