First Responders VIP Tent

Thank you to the first responders that have worked tirelessly for the community, near and far!

To honor our first responders, we are opening a First Responders VIP Tent presented by Sands Regency and The Great Reno Balloon Race where they can enjoy a complimentary breakfast for the morning.


  • Must bring current valid identification
  • May bring one guest
  • Tent is located in the East Cabanas (refer to map below).
  • Space is limited – so get there early!

First Responders VIP Tent will be open each day of the event from 4:30-8:30 a.m. 

ADDITIONALLY – each morning, there will be a raffle drawing at 5:45 a.m. to enter to win a free balloon ride for two!

To be eligible to win, you must:

  • Be present in the First Responders VIP Tent to win
  • Be dressed in appropriate balloon riding apparel
    • Wear sensible, sturdy footwear – no heels, open toes or sandals.
    • Dress in layers – its cold in the early morning but warms quickly. 
    • Long pants are a must.


          • Plan on being gone anywhere from 1-2 hours depending on the wind and the temperature outside, bring any medications you may need during the day, as well as water and a snack.
          • Follow the directions of the Pilot – always.
          • No one rides for free…that means the pilot will need your help when launching and landing the balloon so be prepared to get hands on experience. The pilot will tell you what to do and how to do it so listen to their instruction. 
          • The Chase Crew will return you to the park once the balloon is packed away.