July 26-28 2019

Solberg Airport - Readington, NJ 973-882-5464

Countdown to Festival Fun


Until the 2018
 Quick Chek New Jersey
Festival of Ballooning!




Running with the Balloons 5K

Click HERE to see the 2018 Running with the Balloons 5K results!
Thank you to all of our runners!
The 2018 Running with the Balloons 5K is Powered by Active 
2018 race advanced registration is now closed! On-site race registration will begin at 6:30am on Sunday, July 29th
Sunday, July 29th, will be Health and Wellness Day at the Festival highlighted by the
9th Annual Running with the Balloons 5K!

Join nearly 1000 runners in this unique event featuring a new flat, fast grass & street course that takes the
runners right past the balloon launch area and finishes in the heart of the festival.
The 9th annual Running with the Balloons 5K is an exciting new category of race combining the elements of cross-country with a traditional road race.
Our fun, flat, fast, low-impact USATF-NJ certified 5K course features a mix of surfaces including pavement, gravel, dirt road, and grass. Add to this the spectacle of over 100 hot-air balloons taking off in a grand mass ascension and you have the most unique 5K in the country!
The Run offers a setting like no other: racing through the largest summertime hot air balloon and music festival in North America. Start and finish right in the heart of the festival and be cheered on by thousands of our attendees.
The QuickChek New Jersey Festival of Ballooning in Association with PNC Bank presents its 9th annual race on Sunday, July 29, 2018 at Solberg Airport in Readington, NJ. Race time is 8 a.m. with 1,000 runners expected to participate in conjunction with Sunday’s early morning mass ascension.
The top male finisher and the top female finisher will each win a free ride in a hot air balloon. The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive non-cash prizes, with medals presented to the top 3 finishers in the following age groups: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, and over 70.

All runners’ entries include a full-day pass to the Festival, which includes Festival admission, free parking, and lawn seating for Sunday afternoon’s headlining concert at 3PM. You also get access to both the morning and evening scheduled hot air balloon mass ascensions.

In keeping with the Festival’s belief in “doing well by doing good,” a portion of the proceeds from the Running with the Balloons 5K will benefit the Center for Educational Advancement (CEA) and The Children’s Miracle Network.
Are you up for the challenge!?!
Advanced Online Registration Dates - TBA
Register Early
and Save $
5K - Adult
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Thru June 24
$44 $41 $32
June 25 - July 25
$48 $45 $37
Morning of Race (July 29th) On-Site Registration.
*Runners who register on-site will not receive race t-shirt, free parking, or festival admission*
Registraion Fee
5K - Adult
5K - Adult
5K - Child (4-12)
Morning of
July 29
$55 $52 $40

Online registration is now open, register HERE!

Registration also Includes:
The 2018 Running with the Balloons 5K is a USATF-Sanctioned Race
  • Admission to the festival ($35 value)
  • Free parking
  • A Technical T-Shirt
  • Lawn seating to Sunday afternoon's Creedence Clearwater Revisited Concert at 3PM




5K begins at 8 AM
Click HERE to see the 2017 Running with the Balloons 5K results!
Other events included in Health & Wellness Day:  Sunrise Yoga  Jazzercise