Are 100 Hot Air Balloons Enough Reason to Go to Reno?
Just one more thing for your iCal: the Great Reno Balloon Race from September 7-9, 2012.
C'monadmit it. You've totally had that fantasy where you're in a field surrounded by hot air balloons launching, or, even better, you're in a balloon, and surrounded in blue skies by countless others. Making this dream a reality isn't hard at all, since hot air balloons can be had for a price; however, witnessing a mass flight of them is far rarer.
To do this, just head on over to Reno, Nevada for the 31st annual Great Reno Balloon Race, the world's largest free hot-air ballooning event. For the estimated 150,000 race-goers and 100+ balloons, the action begins early each morning with a glow show as the balloons fire up and whoosh heated air into their billowing fabric for the beginning of the mass ascension.
And, yes, the balloons really race. Each pilot is a skilled balloon operator meeting safety requirements, who is seeking to claim top spot in events such as landing on marks and ascending/descending while hitting targets.
There's several ways to get involved and, well, get high. Volunteer (but do it quick), VIP viewing for $75, and riding in a tethered ReMax sponsor balloon for $5. And, if you're really keen on riding in the actual race, you can become a sponsor. Check out the full listing of events over the weekend here.