Wingsuit Racers Go Into The (Really) Wild Blue Yonder

07/18/2014 05:03 pm ET | Updated Jul 18, 2014
  • Ron Dicker General Assignment Reporter, The Huffington Post

OK, so full-contact skydiving was fake.

But we've got an airborne sport that's real and perhaps almost as crazy: wingsuit racing.

On Friday, Red Bull wrote on YouTube that it had staged a "first-ever wingsuit competition format," in which four wingsuit flyers race each other in a four-gate slalom course starting at 7,000 feet. The contestants flew as fast as 160 miles an hour and opened their parachutes at 3,000 feet, according to the description accompanying a video of the race.

A total of 52 people competed in a series of these races, which took place Thursday over Oakdale, California. Andy Farrington won the competition, and Katie Hansen finished first among the women, in the top 32 overall.

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