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.




In 2018, the America's Challenge was not held due to the overlap with the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, which is the distance gas ballooning world championships.   The America’s Challenge is scheduled to return to Balloon Fiesta in 2019.   

America's Challenge winners 1995-2018

America's Challenge Rules

Have Questions about the America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race?

We have a FAQ page with the most common Questions and Answers, click here!