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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 04 2006 14:55 GMT jomoud PRO
well captured:)
Oct 04 2006 16:15 GMT Scarlett PRO
Great capture!! ;))
Oct 04 2006 16:29 GMT Lensvision
Good shot!!
Oct 05 2006 04:59 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thanks HQN!
Oct 06 2006 11:42 GMT LizSA
Great series.....It is nice to see that they have challenges for the parachuters..!!
They can practice their skills....good series...!!!
We were in ST Louis, and was a bit lost...we will sureley make a plan to get to Forest Park next time...!!!
Oct 06 2006 20:12 GMT PhotoPro PRO
LizSA - there are sooooo many wonderful things to do in St Louis besides the Arch!