Vroom, vroom! This week Knoxville was announced as a 2011 Chevrolet Fireball Run Adventurally destination. This means the run, aka the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children, will arrive in Knoxville on Wednesday, Sept. 28, departing the day after, with the public invited to meet the teams while they’re here. Here are a few more numbers on the Fireball Run:
• Nearly 50 Fireball teams from all over America must solve clues and accomplish missions in order to navigate the country and score points. This year’s teams will include NASCAR stalwart Geoff Bodine and shuttle astronaut Winston Scott.
• Each team is assigned a missing child from their region and thousands of posters to distribute along the route. Their vehicle sports a decal with the child’s photo.
• This year’s 2,500-mile run will start Sept. 23 on Florida’s Space Coast and finish Oct. 1, eight days later, on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Official 2011 city destinations include Knoxville, Melbourne, Fla.; Peachtree City, Ga.; Clarksville, Tenn.; and Anniston, Ala.
• Fans follow along on Facebook or Fireball Run’s YouTube Channel; audiences can also scan QR codes on the GPS-equipped cars to watch their favorites. This will be the first year streaming live video will be available.
• The 2011 Fireball Run movie will debut at the Orlando Film Festival in October.
• To date, the run has aided in the recovery of 36 missing children since the annual event began in 2005.
For more information: fireballrun.com