There are few more serene and magnificent sights than a hot air balloon floating gracefully through the sky – apart, that is, from 40 of them! That’s the main attraction of the Plano Balloon Festival – which takes place on the weekend from the 20th
to the 22nd
of September, 2019 – for many people, but for others, it’s the opportunity to take place in one of the traditional running races that the Festival also plays host to.
The runs are designed for fun – and they also encourage families to get out there and either run or walk the course – and you are not expected to perform like a professional athlete! Instead, you can sign up for one of the distances and enjoy the wonderful atmosphere, mix with other runners or walkers, and take in the fabulous scenery as the balloons make their way above!
Sky High Challenge
If you are serious about your running, the Plano Balloon Festival Sky High Challenge is the event for you. This combines the Half Marathon with the 5K run, and is a competitive or fun event, whichever you choose to make it! It’s also very popular and spaces are filling up quickly, so get your registration in right away. You can choose to run the Half Marathon without the 5K run if you wish.
The Elevate Challenge combines the 5K and 10K events, for those who want to try their hand at a serious distance. You can choose to enter either of those and run competitively over your chosen distance.
For fun, the organizers also offer the 10K Run/Walk and 5K Run/Walk events, as well as one for the families that makes an ideal addition to a fun day out, the 1K Family Run/Walk, and all of these are for your enjoyment.
Once you’ve enjoyed your run there is plenty to see and do at the Plano Balloon Festival. You can take a tethered balloon ride and see the venue from above, and marvel at the specially shaped balloons that are always a favorite at this annual event. You can also enjoy a range of entertainment on the live stage, where local bands will be performing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the Festival.
Friday and Saturday evenings also feature exciting firework displays, and at 5.30 on each day, the famous skydiving team Re/Max of Texas will be jumping from their plane right over the park – a sight you really can’t miss! There are exciting kids inflatable rides in the Kids Fun Zone, plus an obstacle course that will challenge them, and the Central Market area will appeal to anyone who likes to shop!
With food of all types on offer, spectacular events throughout the weekend and the chance to take part in a long, short, serious or non-serious run or walk, the Plano Balloon Festival is the place to be on the weekend in question, so book your spots now and get that training started!