July 26-28 2019

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973-882-5464

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2018
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



Shore Point

Running with the Balloons 5K

**2019 Running with the Balloons 5K registration will open in April!**
The 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K is Powered by Active 
Sunday, July 28th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the
10th Annual Running with the Balloons 5K!

Join nearly 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 10th annual Running with the Balloons 5K 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 9th annual race on Sunday, July 28, 2019 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 concert at 3PM. 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 Running with the Balloons 5K will benefit the Children’s Miracle Network.
Are you up for the challenge!?!
Advanced Online Registration Dates
Register Early
and Save $
5K - Adult
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Thru June 23
June 24 - July 25
Morning of Race (July 28th) 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 28

**2019 Running with the Balloons 5K registration will open in April!**

Registration also Includes:
The 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K is a USATF-Sanctioned Race
  • Admission to the festival ($35 value)
  • Free parking
  • A Technical T-Shirt
  • Lawn seating to Sunday afternoon's concert at 3PM




5K begins at 8 AM
Click HERE to see the 2018 Running with the Balloons 5K results!
Click HERE to see the 2017 Running with the Balloons 5K results!
Other events included in Health & Wellness Day:  Sunrise Yoga and Pilates