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Tigard balloon fest is this weekend

The Tigard Festival of Balloons is almost here.

The popular Tigard festival takes place next week from June 24 through 26, and there will be a few changes this year.

As always, the sky will be dotted with brightly colored hot air balloons in the early morning hours, but Saturday evening the 2011 Twilight 5k race will bring a new time (and a new name) to the Bridging the Gap 5k/10k run. The race has been renamed and moved from a morning event to an evening one, finishing during the popular Night Glow, where the hot air balloons are lit up after dark.

The run will take place at Cook Park and follow a flat course along bike trails in the area. The event is a fundraiser for the Foundation for Tigard-Tualatin Schools.

Registration for the chip-timed 2011 Twilight 5k includes a Nike Dri-Fit shirt for the first 400 participants.

When: Saturday, June 25

What time: 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cook Park

Register: At the race or at tigardballoon.org for $30