AMESBURY — When seemingly half of Amesbury braved the rain to welcome The Fireball Run to town last year, both race participants and production crew members raved about how great a reception the city gave them.
The city left such a good impression that race organizers wanted to come back, and now The Fireball Run will return to Carriagetown in 2016, with Amesbury serving as the race’s finish line, the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce announced last night.
Chamber director Melissa Lachance made the big announcement following a screening of Amesbury’s portion of “The Fireball Run,” which was a $2 million Universal Studios production that saw 40 cars embark on an eight-day, 2,500-mile tour across the Northeast in a competition that resembled a cross between “The Amazing Race” and “Trivial Pursuit.”
“We got about six minutes in the movie,” Lachance said. “Some of the stops didn’t get any camera time, and there were people who were drivers that didn’t even get a part in the movie, so it’s pretty impressive that we got that much time. It’s a testament to Amesbury being an amazing community and coming together.”
The main goal of the race is to raise awareness of missing children in the U.S., and each participating car is adorned with a decal of a missing child’s face on it in the hopes that they can be found. Last year, Amesbury served as a lunch-stop toward the end of the competition; and when the race’s 40 cars arrived downtown, they were met by hundreds of residents packing the sidewalks in Market Square, including the entire Amesbury High School student body and the whole eighth grade as well.
Both Fireball Run participants and Universal Studios executives were blown away by the reception they received from Amesbury, and before leaving, executive director J. Sanchez said Amesbury would be a lock to be included as an overnight destination in a future iteration of the Fireball Run as long as he had anything to say about it.