20 pilots and a large crowd greet Roseburg's first organized drone race

(SBG photo/Ashley Force)

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The first organized drone race in Roseburg left pilots wanting more.

Twenty pilots and a big audience gathered at Elk Island last weekend to race drones.

Trophies were given to the winners of freestyle, fastest lap, and race competitions.

"First-person view" goggles allowed the pilots to see what the drone sees.

"In our goggles we see our other friends racing in front of us, and we try and pass them; they try and pass us, and it's really exhilarating. It's an adrenaline rush without risk of bodily harm," says the co-organizer of the Elk island FPV Throwdown, Derek Brown.

Brown says FPV drones can fly as fast as 70 miles per hour.

He says the popularity of this year's race calls for another one next year.

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