America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race underway

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- The America’s Challenge Gas Balloon Race continues with the defending champs from New Mexico neck-and-neck with the Swiss team.

The eight gas balloons took off from Balloon Fiesta Park Saturday night, each hoping to snag first place by landing the farthest from Albuquerque.

Last year, local balloonists Peter Cueno and Barbara Fricke won the America’s Challenge landing nearly 900 miles from Albuquerque.

Currently, the top two teams are near the Great Lakes and are within 43 miles of each other.

To keep tabs on the contestant’s progress, click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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