How far will / have you gone for an in-person event in 2021?

Places are starting to open up. We just did our first In person event on Saturday. We had teams from Woodbridge VA, about a 2.5 hour ride and Team 1961z from Cumming GA (they flew, rather than drive the 11 hours. They had a really nice Pelican box to ship the robot). It worked out for Team 1961Z, they won the High School event.

I was impressed they came this far, but there are no in-person events in their area.

Some of the teams in my area (Wilmington DE) are going about an hour next weekend.

So the question is, how far are you / have you gone to get to an in-person event this season? I know for in-person Worlds teams fly 1/2 around the world, but for just a general event there would be a limit. And I know that lots of teams can’t travel. For the Delmarva Championships in April there are teams that can’t travel in our Region.


Farthest I’ve ever gone is about 3 hours, and to me that was a stretch. I wouldn’t really ever go farther than that, except for worlds or a showcase event this year


the furthest I have gone this year is 3h away


I’ve gone from north austin to the far side of houston (about 200 miles or 4 hours), but thats really nothing out of the ordinary.


All of our in-person events have been relatively close to our school (~30 minutes away). There were some teams from GA at our 1st one (3 1/2 hour drive- they usually compete in a tournament in Tallahassee @ FAMU, but that didn’t end up happening this season).


We have done nothing out of the ordinary for our org this year as far as traveling to competitions. Our farthest competition was 4.5 hours away and our second was just under 2. Most of our competitions, including states are local but we usually travel to 2 or three out-of-town comps each season.


Hopefully from Maryland to Dallas :wink:


I’ve gone from houston to austin, so about 2 hours


My team is quite used to having far away events as the event clusters in Oregon are usually 1-2 hours away from where I live. The farthest event we went to last year was 2 hours away. (this turned out to be a mistake as this was the most disappointing tournament we went to that season)

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That’s not far at all. We usually travel a minimum of 2 1/2 to tournaments. Waking up at 3am is definitely not something I miss now that we’re all remote.


Sorry @Foster… I like you… but not enough to make me fly over with my teams though. :joy:

But that said, are you still hosting remote tournaments? My teams will be looking for LRT to take part in pretty soon :slight_smile:


very far to answer both questions. there is no limit for a general event btw.


Nebraska to Texas is good 12 hours for an AI competition


We had 4 IQ teams (from a single school) travel 4-1/2 hours each way to our in-person IQ competition. There are so few live IQ tournaments going on that people are willing to travel for at least a bit of live experience this season.


We haven’t needed to go farther than about 15 miles away to the largest robotics program in my area who hosts most of the local tournaments.

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We travel from 20 minutes to 3 hours to tournaments during a normal season, but we face been doing more tournaments farther away this year.

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Up at 3:00 a.m. to travel 233 miles to tournament in Ohio on Friday, home at 10:00 p.m. and back out at 6:30 a.m. for 8:00 a.m. KY State MS tournament on Saturday.


As an EP, made me look as to how far teams have traveled for my events this year. I was the host of the Texas State Championships this week, will host the Texas AI and Texas VEXU tournaments next month, and the Space City Showcase series in June. The furthest away team we have had so far this year is 98871A/B from Pecos, TX this week at 517miles. which is further away than two teams coming in April from Louisiana and Oklahoma. Here’s the 1000+club

  • 288Z and 248Z from Grandview MI 1058mi

  • MINES from Rapid City SD 1099mi

  • VCAT from Queens NY 1424mi

  • TRB1 and TRB2 from Hamden CT 1486mi