2018 Running With The Balloons 5K

Sunday 29th July 2018

Solberg Airport: 39 Thor Solberg Road, Whitehouse Station, United States

Distance running, Running, 5K


  • Running-5K Adult - Adult (13+)
  • Running-5K Adult - 5K Adult - USATF-NJ Members
  • Running-5K Child (4-12) - Child (4-12)


The 9th Annual Running with the Balloons 5K is part of the weekend's festivities at The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, the largest summertime hot air balloon festival in the country.  This USATF-NJ sanctioned race is worth 500 points toward the NJ Grand Prix and features a mix of surfaces including pavement, gravel, dirt road, and grass.  Complete with the world's most unique starting gun - The Human Cannonball shot out of a 35' long cannon!

It's an incredible value, as your registration fee includes day-long festival admission (up to a $35 value for adults), free event parking ($10 value), lawn seating for the featured concert - Creedence Clearwater Revisited - as well as the twice-daily launch of over 100 hot-air balloons.

Medals will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in these age categories:  14 and under, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25 - 29, 30 - 34, 35 - 39, 40 - 44, 45 - 49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 - 64, 65 - 69 and 70 and over.  And of course a tech t-shirt for all runners.  So come join the fun!

Event details and schedule

Running With The Balloons 5K starts at 8 am on Sunday, July 29.

"Day of" race registration, as well as bib/t-shirt pickup, are from 6 am to 7:30 am.  Arrive early, as you don't want to be pressed for time. 

Please print out your confirmation e-mail - or have it displayed on your smart phone - because it's important for the following:

1) Free parking - Please show this e-mail to the parking attendant so you can park without paying the $10 fee.

2) Free Admission - Please show your e-mail at the main gate to receive free admission into the Festival.

3) Check-in - Please present the e-mail at runner check-in!



Organised by

Festival of Ballooning, Inc.

363 Route 46 West, Suite 200, Fairfield

Phone: 973-882-5464 x13

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