Before you can buy a balloon, you need to create an account here otherwise we do not know who has ownership of a particular balloon. Balloons costs just €5 and you can buy as many balloons as you want. Players must be 18 years or older to purchase balloons. All proceeds from this activity will be donated to the projects supported by MS Ireland.

You will be given a personal log-in to an online account where you can ‘customise’ each balloon by changing various parameters of the balloon size, shape and composition. You can also change the pattern, colour and message on your balloon.

You can return back to your account and change elements of your balloon as often as you like, up to the race launch date at 6pm on Saturday 30th May.

Once the balloons are ‘launched’ they will then be subject to a simulated set of weather conditions that are based on the prevailing wind and weather conditions at the actual launch site for the time of year. From that point onwards, the fate of your balloon is controlled by how it will react to the weather conditions it is subjected to. This is simulated using an advanced computer modelling programme linked to Google maps and weather data.

At exactly 6pm on Saturday 6th June the race will be closed – and the balloon that has ‘travelled’ the furthest will be the winner!

The winner will be contacted that they have won the race.