Officer Chris Bianez with the Plano Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit discusses the upcoming safety at the InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival. If you’re bringing a child to the festival, make sure to get them registered at the gate. They’ll receive an ID bracelet with your cell phone written number on the back. There will be two Lost Child booths on the festival grounds to help reunite parents with any children who may become separated from their families.
“Plano Balloon Festival has something for everyone. Police and Fire personnel will be on hand for your safety and security. If you get a chance stop by our Crime Prevention Booth. We would love to meet you.” Officer Chris Bianez
“This is our birthday year and we are extremely excited about it! The InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival brings in pilots from all around the country and offers our community a low-cost, family fun event. The City of Plano does an outstanding job of supporting this event each year.” says Executive Director, Jo Via.
The goal this year is for the City of Plano to collect 100,000 pounds of peanut butter. There are over 44,000 food insecure children in Collin County. The NTFB will accept peanut butter alternative donations during the food drive.
“Be on the lookout for easels and brushes, and several professional artists adding more color to the 40th Birthday Celebration at the Plano Balloon Festival 2019.
The Outdoor Painters Society, Plano Art Association, and Southwestern Watercolor Society will be on the fair grounds for an “en plein air” event. “En Plein Air” is French and, artistically, means painting in the open air.
Artist will have access to the Festival beginning Friday at 4pm. They will be able to paint throughout the day on Saturday (6am – 10pm) as well. On Sunday, the artists will meet in a designated area to display and offer their work for sale. Stop by and meet the artists and cast your vote for the “People’s Choice” award.” — Irma Ward, Outdoor Painters Society, Director of Paint Out Events
The Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon is known for the custom finisher medals and hot air balloons, but has also received a tremendous amount of respect for the volunteers who help set the pace for other runners. The pace team for the 2019 race consists of 66 members of the Craig Ranch Running Club that serve as a pacer, floater or sweeper. Find out more about this dedicated group by visiting their Facebook page.
Pace 1:30 Karl Huchthausen, Keith Pierce, Brent Woodle
Pace 1:35 Rachel Warner, Kiley Couch, Jeffrey Christian
Pace 1:40 Kevin Newton, Ray Nichols, Raquel Jimenez
Pace 1:45 Ray Liberatore, Bob Smeby, Zach Shirely
Pace 1:50 Danielle Walker, Brian Hinton, Tuan Nguyen
Pace 1:55 Marcos Vargas, Scott Manis, Rishi Goel
Pace 2:00 Mark Trayer, Aiming Herrington, Meredith Cotton
Pace 2:05 Samantha Sells, Marissa Sifuentes, Jourdan Esquenazi
Pace 2:10 Ankush Bhatia, Jon Cotton, Jessie Anderson
Pace 2:15 John Lawson, Manzoor Mohideen, Tracy Boyd
Pace 2:20 Tim Montano, Sarah Snyder, Ana Fernandez
Pace 2:25 Ed Steinkamp, Glenn Robertson, Melody Ongayo
Pace 2:30 Marissa Zoda, Kristin Vega, Kathy Williams
Pace 2:35 Michael Hutchison, Julia Xia, Michelle Gallagher
Pace 2:40 Victor Salazar, Sandra Trevino, George Villareal
Pace 2:45 Kylar Anderson, Rosalind Buchalski, Mona Sepulevda
Pace 2:50 Bonita Rogers, Johanna Chi, Shana Williams
Pace 2:55 Heather Hutchison, Lynda Tilley, Shilpi Adya
Pace 3:00 Natanja Hunter, Monica Sanders, Susan Forsvall
Pace 3:30 Michelle Ranzer, Alison Moore, Blanca Garcia
Floaters: James Allen, Janice Couch, Jeanette Caballero-Bell, Joe Perez, and Parvinder Ahlawat
Use discount code CRRC to receive 15% off runner registration. Online registration for the Half Marathon closes at 12pm (Noon) on Saturday, September 21, 2019. There is no race day registration available. View the 2019 race shirts and medals that were revealed earlier this summer.