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Last Day of Great Reno Balloon Race

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Sunday was the last day of the 36th Annual Great Reno Balloon Race and hundreds of people packed the lawn of Rancho San Rafael park before the sun came up to watch the balloons take off in the morning sky, "It is worth every minute of it. It is worth getting up early," says Reno resident Valerie Monson. With more than 90 balloons it only took a few minutes for the sky to be filled with them.

Since this event started 36 years ago it has become a huge Reno family tradition, "It's a family tradition I think, ever since we can remember since we were kids," says Justin and Jamie Cook of Reno. David Taylor, Board President of the Reno Balloon Race says the race has an emotional tie for almost everyone who comes, "It is a very patriotic event, people have an emotional tie to it because they have been doing it for generations. Their parents took them, now they are bring their kids to it, so it really has an emotional tie to it and I think that is why it is such a huge event, always a strong one here in Nevada." 

In the three day event officials believe almost 200,000 people came out to enjoy the race. The Great Reno Balloon Race happens every year at Rancho San Rafael Park the weekend after Labor Day. 

The top 10 pilots were recognized at an awards banquet following the event. The pilots included:

  1. Allen Anderson from Minden, Nev. flying “Pixie Dust,” sponsored by Kersey Family

  2. Doug Campbell, Jr. from Las Vegas, Nev. flying “Booger,” sponsored by Sani-Hut

  3. Doug Campbell, Sr. from Las Vegas, Nev. flying “Wasabi,” sponsored by Comstock Propane

  4. William Woodhead from Harrison, Idaho flying “His Sky,” sponsored by GRBR

  5. Dan Walsh from Redlands, Calif. flying “Deviation,” sponsored by Nancy Gilbert, Esq.

  6. Dale Wong from Dixon, Calif. flying “Winters Breeze,” sponsored by Veliz Family

  7. Kurt Adelsberger from Chino Hills, Calif. flying “Transition,” sponsored by Bell Family

  8. Justin Wilkinson from Bermuda Dunes, Calif. flying “’Merica,” sponsored by Intuit

  9. Lewin Williams from Las Vegas, Nev. flying ‘Split Tail,” sponsored by GRBR

  10. Jay Schuler from Reno, Nev. flying “Pencil Boy,” sponsored by GRBR

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