Overall Rating
Overall Rating (3 Reviews)
3.3
(3 Ratings)(3 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.7
SCENERY
3.3
PRODUCTION
4
SWAG
3.3
RaceNM presents the Great Balloon Chase ½ Marathon and 5k at Balloon Fiesta Park. Experience the excitement and beauty of a morning run as you witness hot air balloons from the world’s largest hot air ballooning event take to the sky backdropped against the Sandia Mountains and Rio Grande River … MORE
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    domino76 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I always dreamed of going to the International hot air balloon fiesta in Albuquerque (largest in the world). Who knew that had a half marathon for it on the side. … MORE

    I always dreamed of going to the International hot air balloon fiesta in Albuquerque (largest in the world). Who knew that had a half marathon for it on the side. It was well organized, everyone was so nice, the nicest volunteers I have ever had on a run. It felt like I was running in a small town race. Even the people walking along the race cheered you on. However the highlight of this run was seeing all the 100’s of Balloons on the horizon as you run along the river. It was truly unreal and a running experience you can’t get anywhere else. I would highly recommend this run to anyone. Than you make it a trip for a few days and check out the amazing festival and see the balloons up close.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    50statesSandy FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race director for this race is a gem. It is held during the Albuquerque Balloon festival and being from NM has been one of my greatest memories. This race … MORE

    The race director for this race is a gem. It is held during the Albuquerque Balloon festival and being from NM has been one of my greatest memories. This race is still growing and working thru it’s kinks, however, despite the windy morning (no balloon launch) it would have been spectacular to run with the balloons. The course was no difficult and is mostly paved except for a stretch of gravel along a canal. It’s an out and back loop and not too too exciting but the weather was crappy and it didn’t help. On a good year with the balloons launching this race would have been awesome. I enjoyed my time and worth the exercise to get tacos!

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    shawa2007 FIRST-TIMER '18

    Race aligns with the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta; unfortunately due to weather this year the balloons did not launch on race day. Race starts in Rio Rancho and ends at … MORE

    Race aligns with the famous Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta; unfortunately due to weather this year the balloons did not launch on race day. Race starts in Rio Rancho and ends at the Balloon Fiesta grounds. Shirt selection at packet pickup could definitely use some help; ran out of many of the commonly selected sizes.

    DIFFICULTY
    1
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    2

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