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Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run

March 4, 2016 @ 5:30 am - March 6, 2016 @ 11:00 pm

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Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run
Takes Flight March 4, 5 & 6


PHOENIX – 50 hot air balloons will decorate the sky at the 2nd annual Out West Balloon Fest and Fun Run, Featuring the G1GABLAST Fun Run benefiting Cox Charities at the University of Phoenix in Glendale, Ariz. on March, 4, 5 and 6 2016.

This event will be the largest balloon race in Arizona where pilots will be competing for the Arizona State Champion title.

Spectators will witness the launch and landing of the most beautiful vehicles in the sky and partake in a weekend full of special activities to keep the whole family entertained. 

“It not only generates a competitive edge for our balloon pilots, but it’s a magnificent site to see by spectators,” said Vanessa Clifton, owner of Aerial Solutions, LLC, event operators for the Out West Balloon Fest.

This year, the stadium will not only allow spectators to watch balloons launch each morning, but will also be able to watch them fly toward the spectator field and watch them glow on Friday and Saturday evenings.

After each morning mass ascension, the Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies will be putting on one of the best gunfighter shows in the Southwest. Other activities include tethered balloon rides, a kids zone, a 5k Fun Run (Saturday morning only), live music and much more. 

Fun Run

The G1GABLAST Fun Run benefiting Cox Charities is happening Saturday, March 5. Runners will be following a course that will wrap around University of Phoenix Stadium. As they run they will have the unique opportunity to watch balloons launch into the sky and cheer them on from above. Each runner will have a chance to race across the one and only hot air balloon finish line in Arizona. 

The day of the event, race packet pick up will be from 6 – 6:45 a.m. The run will start promptly at 7 a.m. and the balloons will launch shortly after.

Runners can register at outwestballoonfest.com. Registration is $30 and includes a t-shirt, racing bib, a medal and admission to the Out West Balloon Fest Glow on Saturday night, March 5.

All proceeds from the Fun Run will benefit Cox Charities. Cox Charities will also be raffling off an iPad Pro to a lucky runner. Winner does not need to be present to win. 

Balloon Glows

On Friday and Saturday evening, bring the family out and enjoy special activities including live entertainment, music, a special kids zone and of course more than 30 balloons on the ground lighting up the night.

Bring your appetite because on the ground attendees will find dozens of food and novelty vendors, wine and craft beer tastings and opportunities to mingle with the balloon pilots. 

Event Times

Friday – Morning

5:30AM: Gates Open

6AM: Dawn Patrol Launch Begins (weather dependent)

7AM: National Anthem, Mass Ascension Launch Begins (weather dependent)

8AM: Music, Kidszone

9AM: Old West Shoe by Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

11AM: Gates Close

Friday – Evening

4PM: Gates Open

4PM: Live Music, Kidszone, Food, Vendor Market

5PM: Tethered Balloon Rides Begin (weather dependent)

6:30PM: Balloon Glow (weather dependent)

9PM: Gates Close

Saturday – Morning

5:30AM: Gates Open

6AM: Dawn Patrol Launch Begins (weather dependent)

6AM: Fun Run Packet Pick Up

7AM: National Anthem, Mass Ascension Launch Begins (weather dependent)

7AM: G1GABLAST Fun Run Begins

8AM: Live Music, Food, Kidszone

9AM: Old West Shoe by Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

11AM: Gates Close

Saturday – Evening

4PM: Gates Open

4PM: Live Music, Kidszone, Food, Vendor Market

5PM: Tethered Balloon Rides Begin (weather dependent)

6:30PM: Balloon Glow (weather dependent)

9PM: Gates Close

Sunday – Morning

5:30AM: Gates Open

6AM: Dawn Patrol Launch Begins (weather dependent)

6AM: Fun Run Packet Pick Up

7AM: National Anthem, Mass Ascension Launch Begins (weather dependent)

7AM: G1GABLAST Fun Run Begins

8AM: Live Music, Food, Kidszone

9AM: Old West Shoe by Prescott Regulators and their Shady Ladies

10AM: Pilot Award Ceremony, Arizona State Champion Named

11AM: Gates Close

Gate Tickets 

Morning: $10 adult, Kids 12 and under free
Evening: $15 adult, $7 child, kids 2 and under are free

If you purchase your tickets online before the event:
Morning: $7 adults, kids 12 and under free
Evening: $11 adult, $4 child.

Combo tickets for both the morning and evening event can be purchase for $15, adult and $4, child. 

More information can be found at www.outwestballoonfest.com.

*Events subject to change based on weather.

***Some activities require an additional fee. Please visit the website at www.outwestballoonfest.com for more information.

Details

Start:
March 4, 2016 @ 5:30 am
End:
March 6, 2016 @ 11:00 pm
Event Tags:
Website:
http://www.outwestballoonfest.com

Venue

University of Phoenix Stadium
1 Cardinals Dr
Glendale, AZ 85305 United States
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