The annual Great Reno Balloon Race draws about 70,000 visitors to a spectacular show of vibrantly colored hot air balloons. The crowds create a nearly solid moving mass around the balloon launch area, some taking photos, some setting up lawn chairs or placing blankets on the ground to watch. The FAA mandates that the interior access road remain clear for emergency vehicles throughout the event. CERT volunteers are charged with politely but firmly keeping that access road clear of visitors. Our volunteers arrive about 2:30 AM for the best ‘seat in the house’ and stay until the chase vehicles have left and the crowds clear out. One of our most-loved public safety events!