FIREBALL RUN has selected Western New York, including Ellicottville, Salamanca and Allegany County, as a featured destination in the Series’ 10th Season.
ENTERTAINMENT SERIES TO FEATURE
ELLICOTTVILLE, SALAMANCA AND ALLEGANY COUNTY IN WESTERN NEW YORK
February 18, 2016 − Orlando, FL − FIREBALL RUN has selected Western New York, including Ellicottville, Salamanca and Allegany County, as a featured destination in the Series’ 10th Season. FIREBALL RUN is the story of 40 teams as they compete in a legendary 2,000-mile, life-sized trivia game. To win, contestants take the road less traveled in an epic quest for America’s under-discovered places and obscure, historic artifacts − all while aiding in a massive awareness campaign called The Race to Recover America’s Missing Children. Streamed online in the United States and televised internationally, FIREBALL RUN is a 26-episode, adventure travel series which educates and entertains viewers while inspiring travel.
Each season, eight destinations are selected for series inclusion, based on economic vitality, quality of life, uniqueness, story content, and audience interest. Different from a Reality TV series, FIREBALL RUN is Factual Entertainment, a genre of non-fiction depicting actual events and people. The 10th season is entitled FIREBALL RUN: Anniversary Edition and will feature several yet to be announced celebrity contestants. Cameras follow the real life journey of 40 rally teams in search of amazing places and artifacts. Contestants are highly driven to compete and win the game − all just for bragging rights, a greater cause and a plastic road sign. FIREBALL RUN is a streaming series in the U.S.; televised in India, Africa, Latin America, and Europe; and airs soon in Australia.
“FIREBALL RUN is a great way to not only showcase what Ellicottville and Western New York has to offer but to also do our part to find America’s missing children,” Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Brian McFadden, said. “To have our year-round destination chosen as the starting point for the 10th Anniversary race is an honor.”
Essentially a trivia game at its core, FIREBALL RUN’s mission is nothing trivial: to find missing children. Through a partnership with Child Rescue Network, each team is assigned a missing child from their hometown and tasked with distributing posters along the 8-day rally route. Since 2007, FIREBALL RUN’s awareness campaign has aided in the recovery of 47 missing children.
“I frequently tell people that FIREBALL RUN is the most fun you will ever have working, marketing, and doing the most important thing you’ve ever done,” said Gretchen Hanchett, Executive Director and Tourism Coordinator of the Greater Allegany County Chamber of Commerce and Allegany County Tourism. “The daily efforts to find missing children and the opportunity to promote Allegany County, NY in each city visited, along with the global marketing efforts of the series are truly astonishing. Allegany County has participated in FIREBALL RUN for 4 years. We are extremely excited to be part of FIREBALL RUN’s 10th anniversary as a Host destination, Western NY.”
The live competition takes place from September 23 to October 1, 2016. New Yorkers are invited to attend the festivities on September 24 and also the green flag send-off at 9 am on September 25, in downtown Ellicottville. Spectators are welcomed to meet the celebrity teams and take pictures with the millions of dollars of exotic vehicles. Red carpet events are also streamed live on FireballRun.com.
“We have competed in FIREBALL RUN for 3 years in our Shults sponsored car ‘TEAM 57 - Visit Salamanca.’ Skip Wilday, our driver, and I call ourselves the ‘WINNERS’ of FIREBALL RUN because 2 of our missing children have been found. Not only do we plan on winning this race again, but also, we want to give our area international exposure,” said John Sheehan, Executive Director of the Seneca Salamanca Chamber of Commerce.
FIREBALL RUN kicks off in Western New York and finishes in Amesbury, Massachusetts. The featured destinations include: Starr Hill Vineyard and Winery in Pennsylvania; Cumberland, Maryland; Lebanon, Pennsylvania; Dutchess County, New York; and Southern Saratoga County, New York. For more information and to view past episodes, visit FireballRun.com.
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Chris Chapman | Ellicottville Chamber of Commerce | 716-699-5046 | email@example.com