Contestants to tour the Southern Saratoga County region on Sept. 29 and 30
Show highlights search for Missing Children
CLIFTON PARK — Fireball Run, a world-famous television and internet streaming series, will be crossing New York State in late September, passing through southern Saratoga County on September 29 and 30, 2016. Welcome events are planned in Ballston Spa and Clifton Park as 40 competing teams vie for top honors in solving clues, engaging with historic artifacts and meeting significant figures in our region and nation’s history.
As part of the race, contestants aid in the search for missing children from their respective hometown areas. To date 48 children have been found in part by their efforts.
The 2016 edition of Fireball Run is also the show’s 10th anniversary.
Previous contestants have come from all over the world to experience once-in-a-lifetime occurrences such as the chance to drive the only Lunar Rover still on Earth (the other one is on the Moon), meet the WWII fighter pilot who led the first planes over Normandy in 1944, physically hold John Wilkes Booth’s firearm, and more.
Because it is a contest, details of their visit will not be revealed until after their arrival, but the producers promise “interesting surprises” as the show explores the history and culture of the Southern Saratoga region.
“I am excited to welcome Fireball Run to southern Saratoga County,” says Pete Bardunias, President/CEO of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County, lead local organizer of the event. “Our 17 communities plus a few of our nearest neighbors have always been a sort of “flyover country”, often overlooked by travelers in their quest to reach more well-known locales. This is our chance to show people what they’ve been missing!”
“We have a very tight knit, community oriented Village which lends itself perfectly to an event like Fireball Run,” concurs Mayor John Romano of the Village of Ballston Spa. “Film productions have chosen Ballston Spa before for its picturesque, upstate New York charm. The Ballston Spa Business and Professional Association has toiled hard to preserve our downtown, and we appreciate the work of the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County to promote our area as a destination.”
Fireball Run’s mission is to draw attention to, and aid in, the search for America’s missing children. Every driving team is assigned a child missing from their home of origin, and they are provided 1000 missing child flyers to distribute along the 2000 mile journey. April 6, 2016 is Missing Persons Day in New York State, so Fireball Run, the Town of Clifton Park, Village of Ballston Spa and the Chamber of Southern Saratoga County are proud to stand together to support the Fireballers as they prepare to commence on their trip through our communities this Fall.
“The Fireball Run will not only bring positive international attention to Saratoga County and the 112th Assembly District, but the participants will help in a cause that’s near and dear to my heart, the search for missing persons,” said Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Glenville), who is the legislative sponsor of Missing Persons Day in New York and a longtime champion of legislation and programs to find missing people.
The public is invited to visit the welcome event in Ballston Spa the evening of September 29 and the farewell in Clifton Park early on September 30. More details will be available at www.southernsaratoga.org, www.cliftonpark.org, www.ballston.org and on WJKE 101.3FM as the event date draws near.
The production is headquartered in Orlando, FL and is celebrating its 10th season as an epic “Adventurally” series. Viewed by a worldwide audience of 1.7 million, the show is expected to bring over $1 million into New York State in the form of cash and in-kind investments, and jump start New York State tourism promotion efforts worldwide. For more information visit www.fireballrun.com