For Immediate Release
September 10, 2013
Contact: Ann Bleiker, WPRA, 719-330-4293
AMY WILSON OF COLBY TO COMPETE IN 2013 FIREBALL RUN – THE RACE TO RECOVER AMERICA’S MISSING CHILDREN
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – 2008 Miss Rodeo America and WPRA member Amy Wilson of Colby, Kan., and two-time WPRA world champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski of Bellville, Texas, are teaming together on behalf of the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association, September 21-28 for an eight day, 14 city, 2,000 mile interactive road rally competition known as the FIREBALL RUN. It is an interactive journey, a rolling scavenger huntacross America. The only “Race” is the Race to RecoverAmerica’s Missing Children.
The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children is the largest active recovery effort for missing and exploited children in the country. Each team is assigned a missing child from their home region along with thousands of posters to distribute along the route. A decal featuring the child is affixed to the vehicle, creating a rolling awareness campaign. To date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 39 missing children.
In fact, in 2012 Kaminski and Laura Lambert competed for the first time in Fireball Run on behalf of the WPRA and were assigned a missing girl from Pueblo, Colo. – Lucretia Kirkbride. She was a 12-year old Caucasian with brown hair, blue eyes and was round 4’5” tall when she went missing in 2011. On Aug. 15, 2013, Kaminski received word from the Pueblo Police Department that Kirkbride had been found in Rye, Colo., and was safely returned to her father.
“Today is a great day and it was tears of joy when I received the information on Lucretia,” said Kaminski on Aug. 15. “It was great that our team was able to play a role in making it 39 kids who have been found through Fireball Run since its inception in 2007. I am hoping we can add to that number during the 2013 edition.”
With the recent developments regarding Kirkbride, Wilson and Kaminski were reassigned and will now be searching for information on Edward Bryant, a male who went missing in 2001 from Monument, Colo. He was 9-years old when he went missing. For more information on his disappearance please visit: http://www.charleyproject.org/cases/b/bryant_edward.html
“I’m really excited to represent the WPRA with Kelly in the Fireball Run,” said Wilson. “I’m sure I will love the adventure, and I’m already realizing even more how blessed I am not only to get to experience events like this, but also because of my childhood. It’s heartbreaking to learn of the stories of missing children, so I’m glad I get to help with such a special cause. And obviously Kelly and I like to race so I’m ready for a fun challenge.”
The 2013 FIREBALL RUN theme is All-Stars and Movie Cars. Wilson and Kaminski will be competing against Tarah Mikacich, a pro wakeboard champion; Shea Holbrook, Long Beach Grand Prix winner; Shuttle Astronaut Jon McBride; Lamborghini Legend Valentino Balboni; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame President Terry Stewart; Gallup, N.M., Mayor Jackie McKinney as well as other teams made up of convention and visitor bureau members, civic leaders, etc.
Participant vehicles range from the Back to the Future Time Car, 1/250 Balboni Edition Lamborghini, 1978 Rolls Royce, Ferrari’s, Smokey & the Bandit Trans Am, rare production cars by Rally Fighter, “Nuclear Tac Team” limo from Cannonball Run II, M*A*S*H Ambulance, Hennessey Camero, Australian Ute, 2013 Mustang Boss, 1970 Ford Galaxie, and vehicles by BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Dodge, Hyundai, Land Rover, Honda.
The participants must solve clues and complete missions in order to successfully navigate the roadways and score points – all while aiding in the Race to Recovery of America’s Missing Children. It takes more brainpower than horse power to win this part rally, part game, part cause. The teams and their sponsors are the moving pieces and America is the game board. The production, filmed by Universal Studios Florida, expertly captures the essence, magnitude, and thrill of the adventure and takes the audience on an emotional ride of a lifetime, all the while raising awareness that aids in the recovery of missing children and more familiarity with each teams walk of life.
The Fireball Run is an eight day, 14 city (this includes the lunch stop cities and night stop cities), 2,000 mile interactive road rally that will make overnight stops in:
Longmont, Colo. – check-in on Sept. 20; Official Green Flag kick-off party on Sept. 21 and with official start of race on Sept. 22
Alamosa, Colo. – Sept. 22 arrive and depart on Sept. 23
Bloomfield, N.M. – Sept. 23 arrive and depart on Sept. 24
Page, Ariz. – Sept. 24 arrive and depart on Sept. 25
Gallup, N.M. – Sept. 25 arrive and depart on Sept. 26
Mesa, Ariz. – Sept. 26 arrive and depart on Sept. 27
El Centro, Calif. – Sept. 27 arrive and depart on Sept. 28
Riverside, Calif. – arrive Sept. 28 – Race Ends
Fans nationwide will be able to watch LIVE at www.fireballrun.com and help the ladies solve the clues through the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association Facebook page, so be sure to “Like” the page to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and information on this race and help “The Cowgirls” find Edward Bryant.
A special thanks to the following for partnering with the WPRA on the 2013 Fireball Run: Miss Rodeo America, Justin Boots, RAM Rodeo, Rudy’s BBQ, Veterans Business Network, Wrangler, ProRodeo Hall of Fame, United Equine Vet, and Charlie 1 Horse Hat Co.
Women’s Professional Rodeo Association
The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) is the oldest women’s sports organization in the country. The Association started in 1948 with a group of Texas ranch women who wanted to add a little color and femininity to the rough-and-tumble sport of rodeo. A major move at the time, 38 women met in a hotel in San Angelo, Texas, on February 28, 1948, to change the way they were being treated in the male-dominated world of rodeo. These women banded together to create the very first professional sports association created solely for women by women – the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA). The GRA began with 74 original members with 60 approved contests with a total payout of $29,000. In 1981, the GRA changed its name to the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA). Today, it is a computerized association with more than 2,800 members and over 1,200 events with a total payout of over $4.8 million. The WPRA provides opportunities for women across the United States and Canada a chance to compete in the timed events of barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and tie-down roping. For more information on the WPRA and a list of events visit www.wpra.com.