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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.

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

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

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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!

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

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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.

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

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