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Grossman, Statehouse colleague on 'Fireball Run'

The women are publicizing the June 2005 disappearance of Tiffin resident Brett Wurm

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State Reps. Marlene Anielski (left) and Cheryl Grossman prepared for the Fireball Run by checking out this car in Lewis Center, similar to the one they now are driving, owned and raced by Nelson Kohman and Jeff Miller. The legislators are driving a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am 2,000 miles from Colorado to California to raise awareness for missing children and teen suicide prevention.

While driving together recently, state Reps. Cheryl Grossman (R-Grove City) and Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) have been compared to another famous pair.

"We've been called 'Thelma and Louise,' " said Grossman, former mayor of Grove City. "We've certainly gotten a lot of looks."

Grossman and Anielski are participating Fireball Run Season 7, All Stars & Movie Cars, an online reality-filmed TV series. Fireball Run, according to a news release, is an eight-day, 2,000-mile, life-size trivia game to raise awareness of missing children.

The contest features 40 teams; each team is assigned a missing child and tasked with distributing posters as they drive from Longmont, Colo., to Riverside, Calif.

Along the way, the drivers have to solve clues and accomplish tasks at various stops based on city, points-of-interest, history and culture. The contest began Sept. 20 and goes through Saturday, Sept. 28.

Grossman and Anielski are competing under the name Team Ohio and traveling in a 1977 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, similar to the vehicle used in the movie Smokey and the Bandit.

Team Ohio is raising awareness for the disappearance of Brett Wurm of Tiffin, who has been missing since June 2005, when he was 8 years old. The hope is to raise more attention that will lead someone coming forward with new information for the police.

"That is our mission and our goal," Grossman said. "We're both state representatives, both former mayors and both mothers. ... Hopefully, we can help."

They are riding for more than missing children. The pair also is riding to raise awareness for teen suicide prevention, and prior to the start of the run, they distributed Meals on Wheels to victims of the recent flooding in Colorado.

Fireball Run is streamed live. All 25 episodes of the series will be available at fireballrun.com