Reno Air Races Could Get Sponsorship From State

By SCOTT SONNER | July 27, 2012

Nevada’s state tourism commission is considering kicking in some money to help prop up the Reno National Championship Air Races.

The 49th annual competition is set for September but organizers have been struggling to keep up with higher insurance costs after last year’s tragic crash near the grandstand that killed 11 and injured more than 70.

Tourism commissioners are scheduled to consider a formal sponsorship during a teleconference meeting Thursday. There’s no set amount on the agenda but some current sponsorships carry as much as $10,000 and some in the past were worth more.

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Association recently provided a $75,000 grant to help cover the $1.7 million increase in insurance premiums. Race organizers said last week they’re close to reaching their goal but still need donations.

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