The Murray Cup is a spacecraft race held annually at the end of racing season in the Ellis system. Dating back to 2467, when terraforming workers of Gaia Planetary Services unofficially raced one another to pass the time, the Murray Cup is now the most prestigious event in modern racing. It utilizes natural and artificial obstacles to create two challenges. In the Classic race, pilots are ranked on their speed and navigational skill. In the Blitz race, pilots are allowed to engage in limited combat to disable their competitors.