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Cumming balloonist learns he won race
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A local hot air balloonist fared better in a recent competition than he first thought.

Daryl Tatum, owner of Balloons Over Georgia in Cumming, competed in the Helen to the Atlantic Balloon Race last Thursday and Friday.

He thought he had tied for second place, but on Tuesday he learned that he had won the race, which takes balloonists from the northeast Georgia mountain town of Helen to Interstate 95 near the Georgia coast. The winner is determined by whoever crosses the finish line first, or if no one makes it that far, who travels the farthest from Helen.

Tatum explained that race organizers had confused his final landing coordinates with those of Steve Stokoe, whom they had named the winner over the weekend.

Tatum had actually won by about half a mile.

 

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