Earlier this year, Missouri was named the “Best Trails State” by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting our nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. From our cities and suburbs, to our small towns and rural areas, Missouri is crisscrossed by hundreds of miles of trails to accommodate a wide variety of activities and interests.
Governor Jay Nixon, SOMO’s Honorary Head Coach, and First Lady Georganne Nixon are encouraging all Missouri families to get outside and take advantage of the incredible resources found here in the Show-Me State by joining the Governor’s 100 Mile Challenge. At the Opening Ceremony for State Summer Games, Gov. Nixon invited Special Olympics athletes, coaches and supporters to complete “100 Missouri Miles” of physical activity by the end of the year. Whether you run, walk, bike, paddle or roll, everyone can participate. To sign up visit 100MissouriMiles.com and take the Challenge!
This initiative is a great opportunity to promote Missouri’s proud outdoor heritage, improve your health and – best of all – have fun with family and friends. More than 18 million Missourians visited our state parks last year and there are hundreds of other local trails, greenways and blueways to enjoy. From Forest Park in St. Louis, to the Cliff Drive Scenic Byway in Kansas City to the Ozarks Greenway in Springfield, Missouri’s nationally-recognized trails are far more than a means of getting from one place to another. They are pathways to enrichment and adventure, to time-honored traditions and new discoveries, to quiet contemplation and strenuous exertion. Most importantly, Missouri’s trails weave our communities together.
Thank you for joining the Challenge. We will see you on the trail!