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As I walked down to Bayfront Park in Duluth, Minnesota I noticed that some of the roads had been blocked off. I wasn’t sure why but I soon found out. There were growing crowds at the Le Festival des Montgolfières in Bayfront Park. They weren’t there for the balloon festival they were there for the Color Run.


There was a lot of excitement in the air. There was a group on the stage leading exercises and the music was really pounding.


Apparently this was a fun run because many of the participants were dressed in strange costumes.


the-color-run-duluth-minnesota-16-9-1677At the start of the race a bunch of kids were out in front and they were still out in front at the end of the race.

the-color-run-duluth-minnesota-16-9-1711At various locations throughout Canal Park folks were throwing colored powder at the participants. Very strange!


the-color-run-duluth-minnesota-16-9-1811I had problems getting back to the condo because there were so many “runners” on the Lakewalk.


Le Festival des Montgolfières is Duluths version of a balloon festival. It started three years ago. At the time I thought the first year would be the last year because Duluth is not situated in a good location. The winds have to be just right so the balloons don’t sail out into Lake Superior. I don’t think they have ever had an ascension although it is on their schedule. They do have tethered balloon rides but that is a poor substitute . Nevertheless they are still having the event. This year was combined with a kids kite flying event and a Color Run. It looked like most of the people were at Bayfront Park for the Color Run and very few people were paying any attention the the balloons.





After the balloons were deflated the Kiwanis held their Family Kite Fly. Lots of fun watching the kids flying kites.




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