Colo. - The Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA)
is pleased to announce Justin Boots as one of the title
sponsors for Team 88- "The Cowgirls" on the 2012
FIREBALL RUN Adventurally Northern Exposure.
Two-time WPRA world champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski
of Bellville, Texas, and national circuit finals qualifier
Laura Lambert of Wiggins, Colo., are teaming together in
September for an 8-day, 14 city, 2,200 mile interactive
road rally competition known as the FIREBALL RUN. It is
an interactive journey, a rolling scavenger hunt across
America. The only "Race" is the Race to Recover
America's Missing Children.
The Race to Recover America's Missing Children is the largest
active recovery effort for missing and exploited children
in the country. Each team is assigned a missing child from
their home region along with thousands of posters to distribute
along the route. A decal featuring the child is affixed
to the vehicle, creating a rolling awareness campaign. To
date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 38 missing
"We are excited to partner with Justin Boots on this
exciting event that will not only bring national attention
to the sport of barrel racing and rodeo in general, but
to our great sponsors like Justin Boots," said WPRA
President Jimmie Munroe.
The Justin Boots logo will be proudly displayed on both
sides of the vehicle and the ladies will distribute information
on behalf of Justin Boots to all the fans in the Northeast.
The 2012 FIREBALL RUN features women in professional sports
as part of the notable cast making up "The Year Girls
Rule." Kaminski and Lambert will be competing against
Tarah Mikacich, a pro wakeboard champion; Tina Stull, NHRA
Super Comp Dragster Driver; Timber Tina, Lumber Jill World
Champion from CBS's Survivor and ABC's Extreme Home Makeover;
Shea Holbrook, Long Beach Grand Prix winner, as well as
an additional 35 teams made up of convention and visitor
bureau members, civic leaders, etc.
The participants must solve clues and complete missions
in order to successfully navigate the roadways and score
points - all while aiding in the Race to Recovery of America's
Missing Children. It takes more brainpower than horse power
to win this part rally, part game, part cause. The teams
and their sponsors are the moving pieces and America is
the game board. The production, filmed by Universal Studios
Florida, expertly captures the essence, magnitude, and thrill
of the adventure and takes the audience on an emotional
ride of a lifetime, all the while raising awareness that
aids in the recovery of missing children and more familiarity
with each teams walk of life.
"When the WPRA brought this opportunity to Justin Boots,
we immediately knew it was a perfect fit. To be able to
spotlight the sport of barrel racing/rodeo for 8 days and
bring awareness to America's missing children is something
we absolutely want to be a part of," said Tom Feller,
Director of Event Marketing.
The Fireball Run is an 8-day, 14 city (this includes the
lunch stop cities and night stop cities), 2,200 mile interactive
road rally that will make overnight stops in:
Independence, Ohio - check-in on Sept. 21; Official Green
Flag kick-off party on Sept. 22 and with official start
of race on Sept. 23
Jamestown, N.Y. - Sept. 23 arrive and depart on Sept. 24
Wellsboro, Pa. - Sept. 24 arrive and depart on Sept. 25
Watertown, N.Y. - Sept. 25 arrive and depart on Sept. 26
Schenectady, N.Y. - Sept. 26 arrive and depart on Sept.
Waterbury, CT - Sept. 27 arrive and depart on Sept. 28
Ogunquit, ME - Sept. 28 arrive and depart on Sept. 29
Bangor, ME - arrive Sept. 29 - Race Ends
Fans nationwide will be able to watch
LIVE at www.wpra.com and help the ladies solve the clues
through the Women's Professional Rodeo Association Facebook
page and Justin Boots Facebook page, so be sure to "Like"
both pages to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and
information on this race and help "The Cowgirls"
find the team's missing child.
Women's Professional Rodeo Association
The Women's Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA) is the
oldest women's sports organization in the country. The Association
started in 1948 with a group of Texas ranch women who wanted
to add a little color and femininity to the rough-and-tumble
sport of rodeo. A major move at the time, 38 women met in
a hotel in San Angelo, Texas, on February 28, 1948, to change
the way they were being treated in the male-dominated world
of rodeo. These women banded together to create the very
first professional sports association created solely for
women by women - the Girls Rodeo Association (GRA).
The GRA began with 74 original members with 60 approved
contests with a total payout of $29,000. In 1981, the GRA
changed its name to the Women's Professional Rodeo Association
(WPRA). Today, it is a computerized association with more
than 2,800 members and over 1,200 events with a total payout
of over $4.8 million.
The WPRA provides opportunities for women across the United
States and Canada a chance to compete in the timed events
of barrel racing, team roping, breakaway roping, and tie-down
roping. For more information on the WPRA and a list of events
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