WADG Virtual Balloon Race

Welcome to our May Day Virtual Balloon Race!

We want as many people as possible to join in the fun and help us raise funds! It's a computer simulation race where everything is real except the balloon! 100% eco-friendly with no risk of harm to wildlife. Lift off from St Petersburg, Russia on 1st May 2021 at 12noon.

This eco-friendly online balloon race lasts 7 days. You can change your balloon’s parameters, make it bigger or smaller, make the latex thicker or thinner to help you win! And you can decorate your balloon too.

There are some great prizes up for grabs, 1st Place: £500, 2nd Place: an Apple iPad, 3rd Place: £10 Book Tokens for the next 10 fastest balloons. You’ll be competing against supporters of other charities for the main prizes but we’ll have a small prize for our balloon that travels the furthest – a lovely mug either with a picture of one of our ponies or the photo of your choice.

You can track your balloon on google maps using satellites 24/7; the race is a simulation, but is influenced by information from real weather satellites in real-time!

How to Sign Up

Virtual Balloons cost £3 – you can buy as many as you like!

Buying a virtual balloon for yourself?

  1. Open our Race page, https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1448
  2. Click to buy a balloon and follow the instructions to create a race account.

Gifting a virtual balloon to a friend?

  1. Open our Race page, https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1448
  2. Look for ‘Buy activation codes to gift’ click and follow the instructions (you need to create an account)
  3. You will be emailed the gift code called a Personal Activation Code.
  4. Send a message to your friend with the code and the following link to this race instructions page – https://windsorandascotdriving.org.uk/may-day-virtual-balloon-race

Received a gifted virtual balloon?

  1. Received a message from your friend to say you’ve been gifted a virtual balloon? To access it, open our Race page,  https://ecoracing.co/user/page/1448
  2. Create a race account.
  3. Look for ‘Activate a gifted code’ and add the personal activation code your friend sent you to the box.

Time to get balloon decorating!

  1. Login to your race account. Click on the menu, and select My dashboard. You’ll see Windsor and Ascot Driving Group under My causes. Click on the yellow View/decorate/track button and get decorating!
  2. You can change your balloon's helium contents, shape, thickness of rubber as well as choose your own pattern design.
  3. Save your changes, and when you see the countdown clock you’re all done for now!
  4. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for race week – the race is a simulation but is influenced by information from real weather satellites in real-time!
  5. Once the race starts, you can’t change your balloon parameters anymore. Virtual balloons, just like latex ones, can pop if the balloon parameters are not suited to the weather! But even a popped balloon can still win if the wind changes direction!
  6. Lift off takes place at 12noon on 1st May.
  7. Winner and Prizes – The race is 7 days in duration and the winning balloon is the one that has flown the furthest, as measured in a straight line from the launch location.  1st Place: £500, 2nd Place: an Apple iPad and 3rd Place: £10 Book Tokens for the next 10 fastest balloons!  The balloon that travels the furthest for Windsor and Ascot Driving Group will win a mug decorated a picture of one of our ponies or the photo of your choice.

GOOD LUCK and THANK YOU!