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PHOTOS: Experience The Great Balloon Race 2017

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Paul Boger
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The Great Reno Balloon Race is one of the largest hot air balloon events in the world, with about 100 flying each year. Reporter Paul Boger experienced the 35-year tradition first hand and took these photos of the event.

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Launch Commander Andy Deringer gives pilots an early morning briefing before a mass ascension of nearly 80 balloons
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Jacob Molnar of Sacramento and his Wizard of Oz themed balloon "Emerald City" perform in the early morning Super Glow Show.
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Crowds watch as balloons perform in the Super Glow Show.

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Don Heisig of Holt, California connects his balloon "Mariposa II" to the basket ahead of the mass ascension.
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Balloons start taking off as the sun comes over the horizon.
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Inside the "Mariposa II." The prep team fills the balloon with cold air in order to create room for the hot air.
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The prep team standing the "Mariposa II" upright.
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Balloon pilots "Splashing and Dashing" at Herman Pond at Rancho San Rafael.

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