Ceremonial torch makes its way to Columbia

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COLUMBIA - A torch blazing with fire arrived on the steps of Jesse Hall Friday.

The 31st annual Show-Me State Games made its trek to the MU campus, and about 40 people participated in Columbia's leg of the 10-city torch run. 

The participants began a three mile run that started from the north side of David R. Francis Quadrangle and ended at Shelter Insurance. The games planned for Mayor Bob McDavid to greet the runners for a ribbon-cutting ceremony once they reached Shelter Insurance.  

The purpose of the Show-Me State Games is to provide sports activities for people of all ages and abilities. 

Show-Me State Games Marketing Coordinator Emily Lorenz said many sports would be played throughout the city today including soccer, baseball and basketball. She said more than 40 sports will be played over the course of the next two weekends. Lorenz emphasized how the games mean a lot to herself and the community.

"It's so cool because it's an Olympic-style event so we have opening ceremonies, torch run, and so much more than just a typical sporting event," Lorenz said.

Show-Me State Games marketing assistant intern Ashley Krage said she enjoyed her experience at Jesse Hall.

"I got to help out with all the events and I was really excited we got to go to Jefferson City for the first torch run and then this run is even bigger and it kind of runs into our opening ceremonies," Krage said. 

The opening ceremonies for the games is expected to begin at 7 p.m. at Mizzou Arena. A full schedule of this weekend's events can be found on the Show-Me State Games website.