Virtual Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K, Elevate & Sky High Challenge

Sat September 19 - Wed September 30 Directions RaceJoy Ready
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Any time, any place, we are virtual this year!

It's time to take your run on an epic adventure - virtualy!  Yes, our 10th anniversary has gone virtual due to Covid-19 and the cancellation of the Central Market Plano Balloon Festival.  All participants in each distance will receive dazzling commemorative finisher medals featuring 10 hot air balloons! Plus all participants receive a gender specific, short sleeve, dry fit style race shirt commemorating our 10th anniversary.

For those of you who are more daring check out the Sky High or the Elevate Challenge! The Sky High Challenge includes the 5K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. The Elevate Challenge includes the 5K & 10K and the Sky High Challenge includes the 5K & Half Marathon. Both of these events also receive a bonus finisher medal. Get all the details at! 

All race packets will be mailed starting the week of September 7th!  Stay tuned to our facebook page too for updates, motivation and fun activities when we all run/walk virtually!

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Interactive Race Day Experience with RaceJoy

Live Phone Tracking, GPS Progress Alerts and Cheers!

We are providing you with RaceJoy as part of the official race experience for the Virtual Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, 1K, Elevate & Sky High Challenge.

Download the RaceJoy mobile app in advance to ensure proper phone setup. Invite your friends and family to track you and send you cheers!

Some key RaceJoy features include:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive continual progress updates as you complete your goal.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Remote spectators can track your progress live in a map view. You can also track others.


  • Receive supportive audio cheers from remote friends & family.

Virtual Results (virtual events only)

  • Enter your race-assigned bib number to automatically submit your finish data for real-time scored results.
To use RaceJoy, you must carry your phone and activate tracking on the day you complete your race.
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Highlights from past Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Sky High Challenge, Relay, 5K and 1K Events

In 2016 Runner's World rated the Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon, Relay, 5K and 1K events as one of the most scenic races in the country! Don't beleive them? Check out some of the images and video from years past.


Any time, any place, we are virtual this year!


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