Sunday, Jul 28, 2019
Sunday, July 28th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the 10th Annual Running with the Balloons 5K!
The 10th annual Running with the Balloons 5K is an exciting new category of race combining the elements of cross-country with a traditional road race.
Our fun, flat, fast, low-impact USATF-NJ certified 5K course features a mix of surfaces including pavement, gravel, dirt road, and grass. Add to this the spectacle of over 100 hot-air balloons taking off in a grand mass ascension and you have the most unique 5K in the country!
The Race has been featured on a Nationally syndicated Running Show on BOTH the YES Network and Fox Sports Regionals across the USA. Click HERE to watch highlights of the 2018 Running with the Balloons 5K!
The Run offers a setting like no other: racing through the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Start and finish right in the heart of the festival and be cheered on by thousands of our attendees.
A signature item of this incredibly unique race is how we count down to race time. Anyone can use an airhorn or a pistol to begin a 5K, but that just won’t cut it around here. Each year we bring a death-defying thrill act to the Festival and they are the ones to officially start the race. This year Flippenout, our extreme trampoline thrill act presented by the New Jersey Lottery, will be the official “starting gun” for Sunday morning’s Running with the Balloons 5K! The performers will soar over 20 feet in the air to ring the starting bell for the race.
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank presents its 9th annual race on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ. Race time is 8 a.m. with 1,000 runners expected to participate in conjunction with Sunday’s early morning mass ascension.
The top male finisher and the top female finisher will each win a free ride in a hot air balloon. The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive non-cash prizes, with medals presented to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and over 70.
All runners’ entries include a full-day pass to the Festival, which includes Festival admission, free parking, and lawn seating for Sunday afternoon’s headlining concert - The Beach Boys - at 3PM. You also get access to both the morning and evening scheduled hot air balloon mass ascensions.
In keeping with the Festival’s belief in “doing well by doing good,” a portion of the proceeds benefit the Girls on the Run,® a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams, and the Children’s Miracle Network.
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