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Trinity Solar Running with the Balloons 5K

The 5K will take place on Sunday, July 30th, at 8:00 am as part of our Health and Wellness Day activities.

Cross-Country meets Traditional Road Race

Join over 1,000 runners on our fun, low-impact USA Track & Field (USATF-NJ) certified course with a mix of surfaces, including pavement, gravel, dirt road, and grass.  Start and finish right in the heart of the festival and be cheered on by thousands of festival goers! Add the backdrop of up to 100 hot-air balloons taking off in a grand mass ascension, and you have the most unique 5K in the country! 
Another signature feature of the Trinity Solar Running with the Balloons 5K is our unique race start.  Anyone can use an air horn or starter’s pistol.  This year the official race starter will be a member of the Fearless Flores Family Thrill Show perched 65 feet above the ground on the awe-inspiring “Sway Pole.” 

Check out this highlight video which includes the world’s most unique 5K starting gun.


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Race Countdown

A signature item of this incredibly unique race is how we count down to race time. Airhorns or pistols typically begin a 5K; but that just won’t cut it around here. Each year we bring a death-defying thrill act to the Festival, and they are the ones to start the race officially.


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
  • 70+

Runner “Perks”

All runner entries include:

Supporting a Good Cause

The Trinity Solar Running with the Balloons 5K, along with the New Jersey Lottery Festival of Ballooning is proud to support Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Please join us by adding a donation to your race registration at checkout.  From April 15, 2023 through July 30, 2023 The festival will donate to Susan G. Komen 100% of all runner donations collected online. Participant's donations will be added to donations from race sponsors and the festival.

The Susan G. Komen ® mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in our communities and investing in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.  For more information, please get in touch with Susan G. Komen at 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, Texas 75380 or visit www.komen.org.