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America's Challenge

The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race was founded by the Balloon Fiesta in 1995 due to the vision and efforts of Mark Sullivan, former Balloon Fiesta President and recipient of the Montgolfier Diplome (one of ballooning's highest honors), who saw the need for America to be identified with the world's most prestigious ballooning sport.

The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race is modeled after the Coupe Aeronautique Gordon Bennett, but  it differs from the older event in allowing balloons from all countries, without limits on the number of entries from each.   The team that travels the longest distance wins.

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2016 America's Challenge

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Sep 26, 2016
For three days they live suspended thousands of feet above terra firma in a space the size of a small closet, enduring blazing heat and biting cold, ever watchful of what the weather might bring.  They have with them only the (meager) supplies they take with them.  And they’d better have reserves of strength and stamina, because their hardest task – landing -- comes right at the end of their marathon journey, which could be anywhere from Gorham, ME to Citra, FL. They are tough women and men with unique skills facing ever-changing challenges.

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