The race launches at 12:45pm June 15th 2017 from the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Be sure to register your balloons before the deadline to take part in the race. Each balloon costs just £3 and you can buy as many as you wish. The balloon that travels the furthest in a straight line from the launch location will be the winner.

Decorate your Balloon

Have great fun putting vivid colours, red stripes or a picture of your favourite pet onto your race balloon(s) And remember you can carry out as many changes as you want before the race launch.

Personalise Your Ballooon Flight Parameters

You can alter the flight parameters to increase your chances of winning. Size, shape and the thickness of the rubber affect flight characteristics .

For example, a larger, more aerodynamic balloon may fly faster – but it is also at a greater risk of exploding! Balloons made of latex rubber are notoriously vulnerable. So if you chose thin rubber to make your balloon fly higher and therefore faster, your balloon could just explode if the wind speeds become excessive! But if your balloon is flying low towards rocky ground, it could strike an electricity pylon or be burst by a church spire. Choose your balloon carefully.

Have fun and track your balloon

Throughout the race you can track your balloon’s progress online 24/7 on Google Maps and Satellites by signing into your account. Where will your balloon fly to? For teachers of primary school children, there are lots of educational opportunities with our virtual race system. Lesson plans can be written around a race. For an example click here or here.

Environmentally Friendly

Our virtual balloon race is 100% eco-friendly. We don't kill any animals or birds because our balloons are NOT real! .

For example, a larger, more aerodynamic balloon may fly faster – but it is also at a greater risk of exploding! Balloons made of latex rubber are notoriously vulnerable. So if you chose thin rubber to make your balloon fly higher and therefore faster, your balloon could just explode if the wind speeds become excessive! But if your balloon is flying low towards rocky ground, it could strike an electricity pylon or be burst by a church spire. Choose your balloon carefully.