Show-Me State Games start Friday

COLUMBIA, Mo. (July 13, 2015) — The 31st Annual Show-Me STATE GAMES continues its summer schedule of events this weekend on Friday, July 17. Featuring more than 40 sporting competitions and events, the Show-Me State Games is for Missourians of all ages and ability levels. This weekend also includes special events for both the athletes and the community.

Here are some highlights of the Games events this weekend:

— Shelter Insurance® Torch Run Events, July 17 —

11 a.m.:  Event begins at the Missouri State Capitol South Steps, Jefferson City. Runners will bring the torch through a mile route in downtown Jefferson City.

2:30 p.m.:  Torch will be lit on the North side of Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus.

3:30 p.m.: The Torch will arrive at Shelter Insurance® for a brief ceremony starting at 3:30 p.m.

These are the final two stops in the 10-city Torch Run.
For more details on where the Torch has stopped so far, visit: http://smsg.org/news_display.php?entrytodisplay 4.

— Audrey Walton Opening Ceremonies, July 17 —

The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena and will feature several athletes from the University of Missouri as well as Miss Missouri, McKensie Garber. The event, which also includes the parade of athletes and lighting of the cauldron, is free and open to the public.

In addition to these events, athletic competition will be going on all weekend. Rugby is a new sport added to the 2015 Games and will be played Sat. July 18 and Sun. July 19 at the new Scott Boulevard Fields.

Athletes can still register for several sports on-site including triathlon, mini golf, wrestling, powerlifting and cycling.

The full schedule of events is available here: www.smsg.org/pdfs/SMSGeventschedule1.pdf

Information about select athletes of interest here: http://smsg.org/news_display.php?entrytodisplay 5.

Athletic trainers and volunteers from the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute will be at the Show-Me State Games this weekend to help care for minor injuries such as sprains and bruises. In addition, University of Missouri Health Care will provide EMS at additional events. University of Missouri Health Care also makes heat safety tips available for Show-Me State Games participants, volunteers, spectators and officials.
The tips can be found on the Show-Me State Games website here: http://smsg.org/pdfs/SMSGHeatSafety.pdf
as well as on their facebook page and in the free souvenir program.

The 2015 Show-Me State Games will continue the weekend of July 2426. For more information on the above events or for details about the more than 40 sports offered by the Show-Me State Games, visit www.smsg.org or call 573-882-2101.

The Show-Me State Games was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health.  Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me State Games is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun.

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