Safety plan helps Show-Me State Games weather the heat

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 7:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Show-Me State Games will continue into its final series of events this weekend.

Officials plan to keep the heat safety plan the games used last weekend in full effect. Executive Director Ken Ash said the heat advisory did not overly affect competitors last weekend.

"There were only a few cases of too much heat and dehydration of spectators and referees, but they didn't go down or anything. They went to the tents that were set up and were given fluids and time to rest," he said. "I think people bought into the heat safety plan very well and the tips, such as seeking time in the shade, were helpful."

Now that forecasts include a chance of thunderstorms, officials have another obstacle to think about.

"It would be unfortunate because we can't reschedule this time like we've been able to in the past," Ash said.

This weekend's competition begins with tennis events on Friday morning and is set to conclude with basketball finals on Sunday evening.

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