Fireball Run is a legendary 8-day, 2,000-mile life-sized trivial pursuit road rally competition, filmed in real-time. 40 teams from across the country battle it out while taking the road less traveled to under-discovered places and obscure historic artifacts, all while aiding in America’s largest recovery effort for missing children.
Season 11: Big Country teams traveled to Eau Claire, WI; Rochester, MN; Dubuque, IA; Burlington, IA; Ft Dodge, IA; Yankton, SD; Pierre, SD, and Rapid City, SD.
Greater Burlington is featured in three of the 30 episodes, numbers 13, 14, and 15. And Team Burlington (Burlington Mayor Shane McCampbell & Energyficient CEO Chad Palmer) were one of the lucky teams selected to be filmed the entire season. They make an appearance in almost every episode.
Throughout each competition day, teams are provided several trivia clues called "missions," each one relating to a unique point of interest. If solved, its answer reveals a location teams must find. Upon arrival, teams are presented a rare opportunity, unique task or challenge. Every mission and experience introduces a new chapter in the overall story of a great and often under-discovered destination.
Mission Locations in Greater Burlington include:
- Burlington Trailways – teams tested their motor coach driving skills in the bus simulator
- https:/dmchs.org/">Des Moines County Heritage Center – teams got close with history viewing many unique artifacts
- Kenny’s Roller Ranch – teams were first tasked with the Bankshot game, where any missed basket equals time on the roller rink with the Roller Derby gals
- PZAZZ! Entertainment Complex – teams challenged lady luck during a game of craps and then challenged each other to a race in the Zoom track
- Snake Alley – teams had the experience of speeding down the famous Snake Alley
- Winegard Company – teams were tasked with assembling a DISH Playmaker satellite dish
Greater Burlington’s experience with Fireball Run also included a special presentation and appearance by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!. Fireballers helped create history in Burlington, Iowa when Ripley’s designated Snake Alley as “Unbelievably Crooked” and the #1 Odd Spot of Ripley’s Guide to the Curious Corners of America.
Each Season of Fireball Run the teams are assigned a missing child to actively advocate for during the adventurally. This partnership with the Child Rescue Network is America’s largest active recovery effort for missing kids. In 11 seasons, the contestants have aided in the recovery of 50 missing children.
Team Burlington was assigned the case of Erin Pospisil from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Erin went missing in 2011 at the age of 15. Her story can be found at ErinPospisilIsMissing.org. Team Burlington distributed over 1,000 posters throughout the journey to try to learn anything new about Erin’s whereabouts. Help us continue to share Erin’s story to hopefully one day bring her home to her family.
A bit gritty and at times unpolished, Fireball Run puts you in the action to explore, learn, and re-discover America in the ultimate road trip. If you love to travel and you love history, you'll love Fireball Run. The most amazing thing about this race is every experience can be your own, real-life adventure. Go to Amazon.com or click here to start watching today!
Check out the display case at the Port of Burlington Welcome Center to view some of the memorabilia from production. You can also still purchase a Fireball Run t-shirt from live production for only $10, while at the Welcome Center.
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