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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 11 2006 15:58 GMT korni
Oct 11 2006 16:25 GMT Lensvision
Good shot!!
Oct 11 2006 16:40 GMT marijke06
nice image on this balloon..:) nice shot.!
Oct 11 2006 21:42 GMT FeatherBirdLady
Very pretty. I like this one too. . .
Oct 12 2006 02:36 GMT ashdad PRO
Gotta love this one!
Oct 12 2006 11:54 GMT Justagirl
Anyone who didn't love this photo wouldn't be a photographer!
Oct 12 2006 12:00 GMT Afrogie
Great photo!
This is such a fun series - I had no idea there was such a variety of balloons!
Oct 12 2006 16:53 GMT steptoe
wonderfull ballons pro looking forward to your next series
Oct 12 2006 21:34 GMT Dolcevita
Love this one!!
Oct 12 2006 22:02 GMT Minz PRO
Great stuff !
Oct 13 2006 01:25 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you jag, so great to have you back!!
Oct 13 2006 01:28 GMT PhotoPro PRO
thank you steptoe!