Photos from the Reno Balloon Races
Great Reno Balloon Race
For years, I've wanted to attend the Great Reno Balloon Race, an annual event held every September in Reno, Nevada that features hundreds of hot air balloons. But I never had the time or money to get there. Now, however, I'm living just two hours from Reno, and this year I finally decided to get up early (3:30 am!) to make it to the event before the mass ascension. It was well worth the few hours of lost sleep. These are photos I shot at the event.
(All photos by Lisa Howard)
About the Great Reno Air Race
Held every year in September
The Great Reno Air Race is the world's largest free hot-air ballooning event. It's been a tradition in Reno, Nevada, for the past 31 years. The three-day event is held every year on the weekend after Labor Day and is now attended by about 150,000 people annually.
The festival includes over 100 balloons from around the world, including many with specialty shapes. This year, some of the specialty balloons included Darth Vader, a soccer ball, a stagecoach, and a shark. (See below for images.)
If you're ever in Reno the weekend after Labor Day, you don't want to miss it!
The First Balloon to Take Off - The first balloon carried the American flag
Before the other balloons got ready to fly, this balloon was launched carrying the American flag. A student from a local school sang the national anthem.
Getting Ready to Fly - You've got to blow them up before you can take them upClick thumbnail to view full-size
A Sky Filled with Balloons - After mass ascension, the sky is filled with balloons
Unusual Hot Air Balloons at the Race - These balloons had their own unique personalityClick thumbnail to view full-size
Colorful, Fun Hot Air Balloons Reflected
There's a small lake at Rancho San Rafael Park that provides a fun place to take reflections of the balloons in the water.