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. 

America's Challenge returns to Balloon Fiesta for 2019 with 9 teams entered. Five US teams, will be joined by 2 French teams, 1 Austrian team and a mixed USA/Poland team. Launch is scheduled for Saturday, October 5, 2019 weather permitting. You will be able to track their progress right here on

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