Update 1:20 PM MDT (1920Z) Saturday, October 07, 2017
The eight teams competing in the America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons are beginning preparations for a late Saturday afternoon launch. It should be a spectacular evening at Balloon Fiesta Park as the gas balloons depart on their journey across America, followed by the Twilight Twinkle Balloon Glow and a terrific fireworks display.
Update 4 PM (2200Z) Friday, October 6, 2017
Conditions are looking favorable for a launch Saturday evening, October 7, for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s 22nd America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons.
Update: October 4, 2017
Who are the men and women who will be competing in this year’s America’s Challenge, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta's distance race for gas balloons?
A distinguished field of seasoned competitors will gather in Albuquerque in October to take on one of the toughest tests of skill and endurance in ballooning: the 22nd Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta’s America’s Challenge distance race for gas balloons. This year’s competition is scheduled to launch (weather permitting) at approximately 6 PM on Saturday, October 7 from Balloon Fiesta Park. Eight teams are scheduled to compete this year.