2003 Helen to the Atlantic
                      Balloon Race & Festival 
"From the Center of the world to the edge of the Earth"            Pete Hodkinson, 1974 
**2002 Race Results and Photos - click here**

30th Annual  Helen to the Atlantic
Balloon Race & Festival
 June 5,6 & 7   2003

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:  wldbnchint@aol.com  
Official homepage of Alpine Helen, Georgia
 The Helen Story  the history of Helen's transformation - The Helen Story  
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 www.n-georgia.com is another great resourse for information on Northeast Georgia


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