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Fireball Run, reality television series helps find missing children

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A reality television show is filming in Dubuque this week. The unique goal of the show is to bring awareness about missing children. 

"Fireball Run: Big Country," is an Amazon show featuring teams driving from city-to-city.

Over the course of eight days, 40 teams complete various missions. "It spans 2,000 miles, teams of two compete with a car, over those eight days and travel to various cities, generally in a specific region, and it happens to be the Midwest this year, and Dubuque is day three of their adventures," said Tyler Daugherty, director of sports and events for the Dubuque Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Dubuque team is H.R. Cook, general manager of Five Flags Center, and Tom Rauen, owner of Envision Tees.

However, this event is much more than just a competition. It's also an opportunity to get much needed exposure for missing children.

Five years ago, the race featured Lyric Cook and Elizabeth Collins of Evansdale.

Their cousin Stacy Stechman played a big role in getting the race to come to Dubuque. "It started actually back in 2010. "They had been to Galena,  so that is when I found out what exactly Fireball was about, and two years later my cousins ended up going missing from Evansdale, and I contacted again the producer as well as a couple of the Fireball people, the different teams," she said.

A few months later, their bodies were found.

"We haven't found out who did it, yet...we're still hoping and praying, that one day something is going to come out of it."

The Dubuque team is bringing awareness Timmothy Pitzen, 12. He was last seen in May of 2011 in Aurora, Illinois.

Fireball Run continues tomorrow with a few stops in Dyersville. After that, it heads to Burlington, then Fort Dodge. It ends Saturday in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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