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05 October 2003

America's Challenge postponed until Sunday

Headline: America's Challenge Gas Race Rescheduled to 5 PM on Sunday

Americas Challenge The America's Challenge Gas Balloon Race, originally scheduled to launch Saturday evening, has been placed on a 24-hour hold. Launch is now expected at approximately 5:00 PM MDT on Sunday, October 5. The America's Challenge launch will precede the Balloon Glow already scheduled for Sunday evening.

Officials decided to postpone the launch because of the possibility of convective activity lingering in the Albuquerque area this evening, and because showers and thunderstorms are continuing to the east of the Sandia Mountains and into Texas along the balloons' expected flight path. The 24-hour delay will enable the pilots to take advantage of improving weather conditions.

Pilots will receive updated weather and information at a briefing scheduled for 10 AM tomorrow.

Further updates will be posted to the Fiesta Web site, www.balloonfiesta.com, and e-mailed to Gondola Club members, as information is updated.

Posted by Ludobuyle at 1:34 AM

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