Great Reno Balloon Races

Paul Boger

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.

PHOTOS: Hot Air Balloons Blanket Reno

Sep 9, 2016
Alexandra Moser

Before the sun came up Friday morning, the Great Reno Balloon Race was already getting underway. Reno Public Radio’s Alexandra Mosher was there and has the story.

Cuddled in blankets and lawn chairs on the fields of Rancho San Rafael Park, spectators were up before dawn awaiting the event’s infamous Super Glow Show.  

For some, this was their first time watching the hot air balloons use their flames to light up the dark Reno skyline.

Alexa Ard

Nearly 100 colorful balloons filled the sky this past weekend at the Great Reno Balloon Race. Even Yoda, Darth Vader and Smokey the Bear made appearances at the event, which attracts more than 100,000 spectators each year. Reno Public Radio’s Alexa Ard was there and has this profile of Pilot Tony Rivara.