The Fireball Run
Child Rescue Network is proud to be the “Official Charity” of the Fireball Run, the Most Epic Adventure rally in America. The Fireball Run is a life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board. Billed as the “Race to Recover America’s Missing Children”, each team is assigned a different missing child, provided with flyers of the child and instructed to distribute these flyers at every opportunity.
Over the last 4 years, participating teams distributed over 160,000 posters of missing kids!
Season 11 – Fireball Run Big Country; September 23 – 30, 2017, we were on the road with over 40 teams, all competing for bragging rights, a plastic road sign, and a greater cause. Eau Claire, WI to Rochester, MN to Dubuque, IA to Burlington, IA to Fort Doge, then it’s into Vermillion, SD to Yankton to Pierre, SD and the finish line of Grand Rapids. The 8 day adventure rally was filmed as a series and you can watch past episodes on Amazon.
Raising awareness and raising spirits, we thank the wonderful teams and crew of the Fireball Run. Take a look at this year’s featured children. Feel free to print posters and distribute in your area.
What an exciting 10th Anniversary Edition for the 2016 Fireball Run. We started off in western NY, then traveled through northern PA, MD, eastern NY, CT and wrapped up in Amesbury, MA. 8 days to 8 cities covering 2000 miles and distributing over 40,000 posters of missing kids.
The 2015 Fireball Run / The Space Race was an amazing adventure. 50 teams from all over the
country, including 4 teams of International Astronauts participated in incredible and often once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.
We started in Hartford, CT with stops in Queen Ann’s County MD; Williamsburg, VA; Topsail Island, NC; Florence, SC; Liberty County, GA; Sanford, FL with the finish line in Cocoa Beach, FL. 8 days of fun with a cause.
With 1 in 6 missing children located because someone sees a picture, the ability to disseminate 50,000 flyers provides a wonderful opportunity to bring children home. The awareness raised is phenomenal and helps people understand that over 2100 kids are reported missing every single day in the United States.
There are 3 types of cases featured during the Fireball Run.
Family abductions, which make up 82% of all abductions, and are often misunderstood by the public. Children abducted by a parent are most often taken as a way to hurt the other parent, not because it is in the best interest of the child. The kids are simple tools of revenge and notoriously do not go to school, receive medical attention or develop socially. Parental abductions can cause life-long issues in a child’s life, after all when a parent lies to you, who will you ever trust.
Many children are considered missing under unknown circumstances. They simply disappeared and the families are left to wonder what happened. Child Rescue Network also uses the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children to target certain cold cases to renew awareness and potential leads.
The majority of missing children are runaways. Over 1000 kids a day run away from homes every single day. They leave for a variety of reasons; disagreements with parents, issues with friends and some runaway to be with supposed boyfriends and girlfriends. Runaways pose a unique challenge for families and law enforcement due to the circumstances of their disappearance.
Runaways also are prime targets for human traffickers. According to NCMEC, 1 in 6 runaways was the victim of sex trafficking last year. Many are approached by individuals who pretend to care about the child so that they can begin to manipulate and coerce them into a life of prostitution or forced labor. Think about it… when a runaway gets abducted, who reports it?
The awareness raised by the Fireball Run is phenomenal as people see the scope of the issue. Plus, dozens of children featured over the years have been located and some as a direct result of the teams’ efforts. It is also a boost of encouragement for the families still searching to know that they and their children are not forgotten. Some of the children featured are even considered cold cases, where a simple tip could change everything.
Thank you to the teams, the cities and the staff and producers of the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.