Yankton, SD. - (March 30, 2017) On your mark, get set, GO!! The Yankton Convention and Visitors Bureau along with City and County officials are prepping to make Yankton a star on the center stage in the 11th season of Fireball Run (Big Country) set to take place in September of this year. Officials, including Lt. Governor, Matt Michels and Yankton Mayor, Charlie Gross have begun spreading the word throughout their great community and putting things in action to roll out the red carpet. "Think of Fireball Run as a combination of trivia pursuit, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Dirty Jobs, The Amazing Race and the History Channel all rolled into one," said Yankton Convention & Visitors Bureau Director, Kasi Haberman. “Yankton is rich in history, culture and is known as an outstanding outdoor recreational playground.”
Forty teams will travel eight days over 2,000 miles across four states, including Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. As these teams make their way across the country, they will be involved in events and activities that provide a unique experiences ranging from extremely rare or epic moments to fun and physical challenges taking place in some of America’s most under discovered areas. Show producers were in Yankton in December and visited sites that could be included in the Fireball Run adventures. "Hosting this group and the racers will provide Yankton the unique opportunity to showcase our community to a vast untapped audience. We believe our participation in the Fireball Run series will help us spread the word about workforce, travel and relocation. Therefore, we are looking to benefit from potential economic development partnerships and to increase tourism traffic for the area,” said Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Carmen Schramm.
Teams of two consist of CEOs, investors, former astronauts, government officials. These are people who are also looking at the communities they race through or stay in to come back and potentially invest in. "There is a reason our state’s marketing campaign slogan is Great Face, Great Places – South Dakota. Yankton is our great place with amazing river and lake recreation, miles of walking, biking and hiking trails, museums and history. The trivia element of the adventure run is perfect for this area and we have no doubt that the participants will love what they experience here," says Yankton Convention and Visitor Bureau Director, Kasi Haberman. The Fireball Run also has a humanitarian element.
They have partnered with the Child Rescue Network for the last 11 years. The teams are assigned a missing child from their local area. 1000 flyers are provided to each team so they can raise awareness throughout the eight-day run about their missing child. The teams are set to be in Yankton September 28 and 29th.