July 24-26 2020

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973 882 5464

Countdown to Festival Fun

 

Until the 2020
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!

 

 

Carvana

RUNNING WITH THE BALLOONS 5K

The 2020 Running with the Balloons 5K
 
Race registration will open in the spring!
 
Sunday, July 26th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the
11th Annual Running with the Balloons 5K!

Join nearly 1,000 runners in this unique event featuring a low impact, fast grass & street course that takes the
runners right past the balloon launch area and finishes in the heart of the festival.
 
 
 
The 11th 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 Race has been featured on a Nationally syndicated Running Show on BOTH the YES Network and Fox Sports Regionals across the USA. Click HERE to watch highlights of the 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K!
 
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.
 
A signature item of this incredibly unique race is how we count down to race time. Anyone can use an airhorn or a pistol to begin a 5K, but that just won’t cut it around here. Each year we bring a death-defying thrill act to the Festival and they are the ones to officially start the race. 
 
The New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank presents its 11th annual race on Sunday, July 26, 2020 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 benefit the Girls on the Run,® a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams, and the Children’s Miracle Network. 
 
 
Are you up for the challenge!?!
 
 
Advanced Online Registration Dates
Register Early
and Save $
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Thru June 21

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June 22 - July 22
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Morning of Race (July 26th) On-Site Registration.
 
Advance registration for the 2020 Running with the Balloons 5K ends on July 22nd. After July 22nd, the only way to register for the race will be to register on-site (7/26) at the 5K registration tent on-site at the festival. Runners who register on-site will not receive free parking, or festival admission and are not guaranteed a race t-shirt. The on-site registration fee is $25 for both adults and children. As a reminder, runners wishing to register on-site must purchase a separate festival admission ticket (Gate General Admission tickets are $40 for Adults and $15 for Children) and festival parking ($10).
 
Registraion Fee
5K - Adult 5K - Child (4-12)
Morning of
July 26th

$25 - Does not include festival admission nor parking

$25 - Does not include festival admission nor parking

 

Advanced Registration Also Includes:
The 2020 Running with the Balloons 5K is a USATF-Sanctioned Race
  • Festival Admission - a $40 value!
  • Free Parking - a $10 value!
  • A Technical T-Shirt -Not guaranteed with on-site registration 
  • Lawn seating to Sunday afternoon's concert at 3PM

 

 

 

 

Attention:
5K begins at 8 AM
 
Click HERE to see the 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K results!
 
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