Winners of America's Challenge Balloon Race to speak at Balloon Museum

Courtesy of Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke

Albuquerque residents have an opportunity to hear direct from two internationally-known balloonists what it is like to travel across the U.S. for more than 54 hours, traveling day and night through chilly skies to come in first in America's Challenge, the annual gas balloon race that launches from the Balloon Fiesta each year.

Traveling just short of 1,395 miles, the team of
Peter Cuneo and Barbara Fricke descended in Monroe City, a small northeast Missouri town, securing first place for distance and endurance in this year's competition. Avid balloonists, the pair has also competed in the Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the oldest and most prestigious event in aviation and the ultimate challenge for the pilots and their equipment.

Join us on Saturday, Nov. 12 from 2:30-4pm in the Balloon Museum Library on the second floor to meet and hear from America's Challenge 2016 winners and Gordon Bennett competitors during this free lecture at the Balloon Museum.

Learn more about these gas balloon championships from host Ken Tuley, as well as from pilots Cuneo and Fricke, whose public service has included supporting the Balloon Museum as volunteers and trustees.

Admission is free, but seating is limited, so please register online at cabq.gov/culturalservices/balloonmuseum/eventsin advance to reserve your space. Donations to the Balloon Museum's Science and Education Programs are welcomed. Suggested donation per person: $3.