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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.
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Oct 06 2006 06:28 GMT conart
Oct 06 2006 06:44 GMT u40
dobre sprytne foto - BEAUTIFUL!!!
Oct 06 2006 07:00 GMT Elise
woooooo hooooooo stunning!!!!
Oct 06 2006 11:01 GMT Scarlett PRO
Stunning catch!! ;))
Oct 06 2006 12:48 GMT StavrosMoforis
Great capture!
Right into my favs list!
Oct 06 2006 16:49 GMT a0000a PRO
great capture, wonderful colors!
Oct 06 2006 16:51 GMT soldier
Wooowww... a stunning and beautiful serie again! Bravo!!!
Oct 06 2006 23:09 GMT crucyphot
Splendid serie.
Would like to be there !!!!!!!!!!!