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The 37th annual Great Balloon Race (http://www.greatforestparkballoonrace.com ) is was held on Sat September 16, 2006. The balloons are all setup close together in a large field and then they started inflating slowly. The race is called a "tortoise and hare" race because a lead balloon takes off and lands at a distant area - the "tortoise". The other balloons take off one by one(the "hares") and find the lead balloon. Once they find the lead balloon they drop a sack of birdseed as close as possible to that balloon. The balloon that drops their sack of birdseed closest to the "tortoise" wins the race.

We started out with a demonstration of precision parachuting. After the last parachutist lands it is time for the race to begin.

This event took place in Forest Park (http://stlouis.missouri.org/citygov/parks/forestpark ) which is in the center of St Louis and is 40% bigger than Central Park in New York City.

Unfortunately due to high winds(exceeding manufacturers standards) only about 30 of 90 balloons went up for the race. The biggest and specialty balloons were mostly too big to fly safely. The decision to go was left entirely up to the pilot.

This is the only balloon race that starts out inside a major metropolitan city in the United States. All of the other major balloon events take place just outside of the cities.
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Oct 10 2006 18:39 GMT hans55 PRO
more and more !! ... great series !!!
Oct 10 2006 18:45 GMT Satto
My gosh.....this is a very good ballonshot.....so clear and fine..:-)
Oct 10 2006 20:06 GMT Nespolo
I'm following your ballooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnn series and I'm really worry for that !!!!!! :))))
Oct 11 2006 10:46 GMT StavrosMoforis
Straight to favs!
Oct 11 2006 12:40 GMT patraaey
Nice detail.I can see people on the ballon.
Oct 12 2006 18:50 GMT deanbed
This is very clear, fine details of peoople too!