The South African Million Dollar Pigeon Race (SAMDPR) was frown on Saturday, January 24, 2015 with a total of 2,453 pigeons being basketed and released from 521 KM or 324 miles. Conditions at the liberation point were clear with a light tail wind reported and 71 degrees (22 C) with conditions worsening as the birds were expected to arrive. Return conditions were variable with thundershowers in the area and temperatures being reported as in the low 80’s.
Of the 2,453 pigeons being released only 16 made it home on the day with the winning bird, DV 0849-14-141 owned by the German Karl Heinz, arriving at 3:04:18 pm (15:04:18) for a winning speed of 1,047.657 ypm (15.9528 m/s).
The first American bird, IF-NANEZ-14-207, owned by Rick Nanez, clocked in 4th place at 5:02:37 pm (17:24:21) with a winning speed of 833.257 ypm (12.6882 m/s). The next American bird, owned by Jim Norton, clocked in at 10th place overall.
As of this post, 1,236 birds were clocked, making this one of the toughest SAMDPR in memory.
The SAMDPR is considered the world’s foremost one loft race with pigeons being entered from every corner of the globe.