PHOTOS: Experience The Great Balloon Race 2017

Sep 9, 2017

The Great Reno Balloon Race is one of the largest hot air balloon events in the world, with about 100 flying each year. Reporter Paul Boger experienced the 35-year tradition first hand and took these photos of the event.

Balloons lifting off into the morning sky.
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Launch Commander Andy Deringer gives pilots an early morning briefing before a mass ascension of nearly 80 balloons
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Jacob Molnar of Sacramento and his Wizard of Oz themed balloon "Emerald City" perform in the early morning Super Glow Show.
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Crowds watch as balloons perform in the Super Glow Show.
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Don Heisig of Holt, California connects his balloon "Mariposa II" to the basket ahead of the mass ascension.
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Balloons start taking off as the sun comes over the horizon.
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Inside the "Mariposa II." The prep team fills the balloon with cold air in order to create room for the hot air.
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The prep team standing the "Mariposa II" upright.
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Balloon pilots "Splashing and Dashing" at Herman Pond at Rancho San Rafael.
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