A day at the drone races


Drone enthusiast Dan Nowlin lifts off. Tyler Lizenby/CNET


Gadget geeks and adrenaline seekers are helping the sport of drone racing take off.

It was a beautiful Sunday afternoon in Louisville, Kentucky. The local park was lively with dog walkers, joggers and a small fleet of something less expected — drone pilots.

Drones executed turns and zipped through gates and around trees.

About six drone enthusiasts had gathered at the park to experience the adrenaline rush of speeding through the air around obstacles, all from the seated safety of a picnic table bench.

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