The man seeks to create the Pigeon Racing Club locally

Pigeon racing is a booming pastime across the world, and Mike King, Brookfield, wants to introduce his favorite pastime to others in the Brookfield and Linn County area.

King said the sport started in Europe and pigeons have been used throughout history to relay war messages and as a form of entertainment for famous people like the Queen of England – the famous Americans Mike Tyson, Mel Gibson, George Foreman and even Marceline’s own Walt. Disney.

King started racing pigeons in the Kansas City area in 2014 when a colleague introduced him to the sport.

“I’ve found that it’s really something anyone can do – regardless of their ability – it’s healthy fun,” King said.

Prior to the COVID pandemic, King said he garnered “quite a bit” of interest from residents of Linn County, and he hopes that interest still exists. He plans to have an introductory meeting at 6 p.m. on June 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church.

Pigeon racing involves releasing specially trained pigeons hundreds of kilometers from home, after transporting them to the take-off location from a closed cage, from which the boards cannot see. The birds, which are tagged with a GPS tracker, then return home for a carefully measured distance. The time it takes for the animal to travel the specified distance is measured and the rate of movement of the bird is calculated and compared to all other pigeons in the race to determine which animal has returned to the highest speed. . Some birds can travel as fast as 55 mph, King said.

“It’s nice to do local errands and be home before the birds and watch them come in,” he said. “There are also longer distance races, where the birds will be waiting for you when you get home.”

King said that one of the best things about pigeon sport is the friendships and mentors that can be formed.

“People are ready to share boundaries, tips, tips and techniques,” he said. “I want to help people start and form a mentoring role with them like others have done for me.”

There are a variety of pigeons that can be purchased, some inexpensively – others cost over a million dollars like a Belgian pigeon bought in Europe. Birds are like pets, King said, races are planned around temperature, wind speed and distance, with the safety of the bird being of the utmost importance.

The longer a person engages in this sport, the more he becomes involved in the breeding and research of specialized birds. King said it’s important for those interested to realize that there are others with birds ready to help them get started.

“The bird racing community is a great community with help offered at every turn,” he said. “These are also the people you sit down and barbecue with after setting off the birds – they become your friends and the sport gets in your blood.”

Anyone interested should plan to attend the first introductory meeting at 6 p.m. June 7 at Trinity United Methodist Church in Beookfield.

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