BANGOR, Maine — Lumberjill “Timber” Tina Scheer of the Great Maine Lumberjack Show and Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism, will represent Maine in Fireball Run, an eight-day, 2,500-mile drive across the Northeast.
During a press conference at Cole’s Land Transportation Museum on Friday, the pair said they would try to be the strong, smart “Thelma and Louise” types in the race.
“I think the combination will be interesting,” Ouellette said.
“But at the end, we won’t be driving off a cliff,” Scheer said, ax in hand.
Both women said they are avid lovers of the outdoors and huge promoters of Maine wherever they go.
Bangor will be the finishing point of the Fireball Run Adventurally. The race challenges the 40 two-person race teams to complete tasks at stops in the Northeast during the last week in September. The race is scheduled to reach Bangor Sept. 29.
Speeding isn’t allowed on the way, and the winner is the team that achieves the most points as it completes tasks along the way, said David Hickman, executive vice president of marketing for Fireball Run.
“We were attracted to Bangor because of the warmth of the people, if not the warmth of the climate,” Hickman said.
Throughout the race, the drivers distribute and display posters with information about missing children. Hickman said Fireball Run would be announcing which missing child would be assigned to Scheer and Ouellette in the near future.
To date, the effort has assisted in the recovery of 38 missing children, according to Hickman.
Hickman said Bangor earned a spot as Fireball Run’s finish line because of its residents and “unusual” points of interest — especially the Paul Bunyan statue on Main Street.
“That kind of roadside Americana is a Fireball favorite,” Hickman said.
The next big choice for Scheer and Ouellette is what vehicle they’ll choose to drive. Past teams have driven everything from Ferraris to a replica of the 1960s Batmobile.
Scheer said she hopes the car will be shaped like Babe the Blue Ox, a lobster or a whoopie pie — and she’s bringing her ax with her.
For more information on Fireball Run or to see video clips of past races, visit fireballrun.com.