July 28-30 2017

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ


Countdown to Festival Fun!


Until the 2017
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



Purple Bee - Left
2016 Balloon Right 2

Running with the Balloons 5K

The 2017 Advil Running with the Balloons 5K Cross-Road Challenge is Presented by Power Crunch
and Powered by Active 
Registion will be aviable in early spring.
Sunday, July 30th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the
8th Annual Advil Running with the Balloons 5K Cross-Road Challenge & Fun Run Presented by Power Crunch!

Join 1000 runners in this unique event featuring a new flat, fast grass & street course that takes the
runners right past the balloon launch area and finishes in the heart of the festival.
The 8th annual Advil Running with the Balloons 5K Cross-Road Challenge Presented by Power Crunch is an exciting new category of race combining the elements of cross-country with a traditional road race.
Our fun, flat, fast, low-impact USATF-NJ certified 5K course features a mix of surfaces including pavement, gravel, dirt road, and grass. Add to this the spectacle of over 100 hot-air balloons taking off in a grand mass ascension and you have the most unique 5K in the country!
The Run offers a setting like no other: racing through the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Start and finish right in the heart of the festival and be cheered on by thousands of our attendees.
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank presents its 8th annual race on Sunday, July 30, 2017 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ. Race time is 8 a.m. with 1,000 runners expected to participate in conjunction with Sunday’s early morning mass ascension.
The top male finisher and the top female finisher will each win a free ride in a hot air balloon. The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive non-cash prizes, with medals presented to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 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 over 70.

All runners’ entries include a full-day pass to the Festival, which includes Festival admission, free parking, and lawn seating for Sunday afternoon’s headlining concerts. You also get access to both the morning and evening scheduled hot air balloon mass ascensions.

In keeping with the Festival’s belief in “doing well by doing good,” a portion of the proceeds from the Advil Running with the Balloons 5K Cross-Road Challenge will benefit the Center for Educational Advancement (CEA) and The Children’s Miracle Network.
Are you up for the challenge!?!
Advanced Online Registration Dates - TBA
Register Early
and Save $
5K - Adult
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Morning of Race (July 30th) On-Site Registration.
*Runners who register on-site will not receive race t-shirt, free parking, or festival admission*
Registraion Fee
5K - Adult
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Morning of
July 30

Online registration ends July 27th at Midnight!

Registration also Includes: The 2017 5K Cross-Road Challenge is a USATF-Sanctioned Race
  • Admission to the festival ($35 value)
  • Free parking
  • A Technical T-Shirt
  • Lawn seating to Sunday afternoon's Concert



5K begins at 8 AM
Click here for 2015 Advil Running with the Balloons 5K Cross-Road Challenge Results
Other events included in Health & Wellness Day:  Sunrise Yoga  Jazzercise 
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