Mid-America games launching in Columbia next summer

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 12:22 p.m. CDT; updated 2:17 a.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2008

COLUMBIA — The State Games of Mid-America will be held in Columbia next summer in tandem with the Show-Me State Games.

The State Games of Mid-America is expected to draw about 8,000 to 10,000 athletes from Missouri and eight other states: Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. It will be the first year of the event, which is affiliated with the National Congress of State Games.

Those who compete in the Mid-America games can qualify for the State Games of America in Colorado Springs, Colo,, which is held every other year.

The Mid-America games will be held Aug. 1-3. The 24th-annual Show-Me States Games will be held during that weekend and during the last two weekends of July.

The Show-Me State Games, an Olympic-style sports festival open to amateur athletes throughout the state, regularly draws about 27,000 participants throughout the three weekends of competitions. Those who do well enough in the Show-Me games may compete in the Mid-America games.

For more information, go to the Show-Me State Games Web site or call 882-2101.

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