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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 07 2006 08:48 GMT Adamus
Very beautiful snapshot.
Oct 07 2006 09:13 GMT Wildspirit PRO
Always thrilling, great series!
Oct 07 2006 10:01 GMT mulhaqdesigner
nice landing ;) beautiful serise
Oct 07 2006 10:55 GMT kosmos PRO
Very nice series of shots! :)
Oct 07 2006 11:43 GMT Prikthai
I like to see this but do self............... NEVER!
Oct 07 2006 12:07 GMT Levistrauss PRO
Good Mornig Bill!

Nice, nice serie!
Oct 07 2006 12:34 GMT Panda52
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