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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 05 2006 14:33 GMT mavik
Did you use a tripod on these shots, PhotoPro? It must have been hard to take shots like this 'cause of the weight of the camera but these came out great!!!
Oct 05 2006 14:47 GMT PhotoPro PRO
mavik these were all shot hand-held, no tripod even though I took one. If I could find an inexpensive 6' high monopod, I would buy one in an instant! :)
Oct 05 2006 14:56 GMT mavik
Too bad there were no enterprising guys out there at that moment! Would have been a bestseller if they just thought about it! LOL