The South's oldest balloon event and the United States' only long distance
hot air balloon race began at 7:00 am, Thursday, June 5th, 2003.
It was a beautiful morning. Several competitors took off for the
coast. The race was won by Steve Stokoe, who completed the distance
in ONE day. Steve's crew was right with him for his two fuel stops
and helped him onto victory.
Steve took off in Helen just after 7:00 am and crossed I-95 just after 8:00 pm. He crossed the finish line southwest of Florence, SC
There was a lot of great flying locally as well. We were able to get off all flights but one (Sat AM, which was lost to rain). And we were able to get many balloons up for tethered rides on Saturday evening.
Many great photos of this years event can be found at: http://www.dotphoto.com/Go.asp?l=jthead&P=&AID=859247&GID=619598&T=1
If you have any photos you would like to see added to the photo album please email them to us.
This link is to a local newpaper article on this year's race: http://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/stories/20030606/localnews/430610.html
|Click here to see photos of some of 2004's participants.
|**2002 Race Results and Photos - click here**
|Race Headquarters, sponsor and organizer of the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon race and festival 706-878-2271
|Manufacturer of FAA Approved Hot Air Balloons
|Co-Sponsor of the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race. For
more information send email to: email@example.com
|Official homepage of Alpine Helen, Georgia
|The Helen Story
| the history of Helen's transformation - The
and images of the past
|Click here to see Helen's 1st balloon ascension
|VISIT NORTHEAST GEORGIA . com
|www.visitnortheastgeorgia.com has a lot of information about the Northeast Georgia Mountains
|www.n-georgia.com is another great resourse for information on Northeast Georgia
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