St. Charles torch run launches Show-me State Games
Runners take the torch down the Katy Trail. (Photo credit - Kaia Fox, SMSG) By Bryce Moore
St. Charles Heat, SMSG bronze medal winners, with the torch (Courtesy: Kaia Fox, SMSG) By Bryce Moore
Anna Hargis, Shelter Insurance Director of Advertising, welcomes the crowd (Courtesy: Kaia Fox, SMSG) By Bryce Moore
St. Charles Mayor Sally Faith welcomes as host city for the fourth leg of the torch run. (Courtesy: Kaia Fox, SMSG) By Bryce Moore
ST. CHARLES (News Release)—The Show-Me STATE GAMES and Shelter Insurance hosted a Torch Run in Frontier Park on Tuesday, July 9, in preparation for the 2013 Show-Me STATE GAMES.
The Show-Me STATE GAMES is an Olympic-style sports festival with more than 40 sporting events hosted annually in Columbia, Mo. It is the largest event of its type in the country and this year brought back the Torch Run with the support of Shelter Insurance. St. Charles was chosen to host a Torch Run event in part because of the large number of Show-Me STATE GAMES participants who come from the St. Charles area. A cannon shot from the Milicia de San Carlos signaled the start of the St. Charles leg of the run, which began at Jaycee Stage and ended at the Lewis & Clark Boat House. The event was also highlighted by a welcome from Mayor Sally Faith, an appearance from a previous medaling team from the 2012 Games, the St. Charles Heat, and a ribbon-cutting from the Greater St. Charles County Chamber of Commerce.
The 2013 Show-Me STATE GAMES will take place July 19-21 and July 26-28 in Columbia. The torch has been traveling across Missouri during the weeks leading up to the GAMES. Beginning in Springfield on June 25, the torch was in Joplin on June 26 and Lee’s Summit on July 2. On July 19, the torch will be taken from Jefferson City and to Shelter Insurance® in Columbia and next reach its final destination, Mizzou Arena, for the Opening Ceremonies kicking off at 7 p.m.
For more information on the torch run or for details about the more than 40 sports offered by the Show-Me STATE GAMES, visit www.smsg.org
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.