Breaking News: WPRA’s Missing Child Lucretia Kirkbride has been found
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association is pleased to announce the return of FIREBALL RUN, a project that will not only bring national attention to the sport of barrel racing and rodeo in general, but serves as a great service project dedicated to helping find America’s Missing Children.
Two-time WPRA world champion barrel racer Kelly Kaminski of Bellville, Texas, returns for the 2013 edition title “All Stars and Movie Cars.” She will be joined by 2008 Miss Rodeo America and WPRA member Amy Wilson of Colby, Kan., as part of a joint venture between the WPRA and Miss Rodeo America. This year’s event is schedule for Sept. 21-28 and begins in Longmont, Colo., and ends in Riverside, Calif., with stops along the way in Alamosa, Colo., Bloomfield, N.M., Page, Ariz., Gallup, N.M., Mesa, Ariz., and El Centro, Calif.
FIREBALL RUN is an interactive road rally competition combined with rolling scavenger hunt across America. The only “Race” is the Race to Recover America’s Missing Children.
In 2012, Kelly Kaminski and Laura Lambert participated on behalf of the WPRA in Fireball Run and were assigned a missing child from Pueblo, Colo., named Lucretia Kirkbride, who was believed to have been taken by her mother in 2011 after failing to appear in court. During the course of the event, Kaminski and Lambert handed out 1,000 posters with her face and information on it. August 15, 2013, Kaminski received word from the Pueblo Police Department that Kirkbride had been found in Rye, Colo., and was safely returned to her father.
“Today is a great day and it was tears of joy when I received the information on Lucretia,” said Kaminski. “It was great that our team was able to play a role in making it 39 kids who have been found through Fireball Run since its inception in 2007. I am hoping we can add to that number during the 2013 edition.”
With the recent developments regarding Kirkbride, Kaminski and Wilson are awaiting word from Fireball Run executives if they will be assigned a new missing child for the 2013 event.
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.
The participants must solve clues and complete missions in order to successfully navigate the roadways and score- all the 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 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.
The WPRA is proud to be partnering with Miss Rodeo America, RAM, Justin Boots, Veterans Business Network, ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Rudy’s BBQ for the 2013 edition.
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 visit www.wpra.com.