July 26-28 2019

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 800-HOT-AIR-9

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2018
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!



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The 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K
Sunday, July 28th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the
10th 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 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 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 2018 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. This year Flippenout, our extreme trampoline thrill act presented by the New Jersey Lottery, will be the official “starting gun” for Sunday morning’s Running with the Balloons 5K! The performers will soar over 20 feet in the air to ring the starting bell for the race.
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank presents its 10th 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 - The Beach Boys - 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 23



June 24 - July 24
$48 $37


Morning of Race (July 28th) On-Site Registration.
Advance registration for the 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K ends on July 24th. After July 24th, the only way to register for the race will be to register on-site (7/28) 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 $35 for Adults and $15 for Children) and festival parking ($10).
Registraion Fee
5K - Adult 5K - Child (4-12)
Morning of
July 28

$25 - Does not include festival admission nor parking

$25 - Does not include festival admission nor parking


Registration Includes:
The 2019 Running with the Balloons 5K is a USATF-Sanctioned Race
  • Admission to the festival ($35 value) Advanced Online Registration Only
  • Free parking - Advanced Online Registration Only
  • A Technical T-Shirt -Not guaranteed with on-site registration 
  • Lawn seating to Sunday afternoon's concert - The Beach Boys - 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