January 4th, 2016 • Missourian
Clear skies greeted around 100 people taking part Friday in the annual First Day Hike at Rock Bridge Memorial State Park.
January 1st, 2016 • KOMU
Hikers in Columbia and across all 50 states took to the trails for the annual First Day Hike Friday. Missouri State Parks offered free guided tours on a variety of trails. Missouri State Parks have more than 230 trails in 58 parks and historic sites.
May 31st, 2015 • Columbia Daily Tribune
The 100 Missouri Miles Challenge was launched in 2013 to celebrate Missouri’s incredible trail system and to promote outdoor physical activity. The challenge is now in its third year, and once again Governor Jay Nixon and his wife, Georganne Nixon, are championing the Challenge.
May 26th, 2015 • News Tribune
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has been known to credit the first lady, in some endeavors, as his better half. Among those activities is the namesake Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge. As of Friday, Georganne had logged more miles, 216, than the governor’s 197. The challenge, however, is not designed as a competition.
April 16th, 2015 • KBIA 91.3 FM Columbia
The Missouri Governor renewed his challenge to Missourians to get outside and stay healthy. Jay Nixon said he wants Missourians to exercise for a total of three million miles in the next year during a speech Wednesday afternoon in Jefferson City launching this year's 100 Missouri Miles Challenge.
February 3rd, 2015 • Springfield News-Leader
Gov. Jay Nixon's push to get more people up off the couch and into Missouri state parks seems to have worked. At popular Bennett Spring State Park on Tuesday, Nixon planned to announce Missouri state parks drew a record 18.5 million visitors in 2014 — up 6 percent from 2013 and reversing a 3.6 percent visitor decline in 2013.
February 3rd, 2015 • SEMO Times
Gov. Jay Nixon today visited Bennett Spring State Park to highlight record attendance at Missouri State Parks and historic sites, which saw more than 18.5 million guests in 2014. The record attendance number for 2014 represents a nearly 25 percent increase since 2008.
February 3rd, 2015 • KYTV TV Springfield
Gov. Jay Nixon stopped here at the Laclede-Dallas county line on Tuesday to announce record attendance last year at Missouri State Parks and historic sites. They had more than 18.5 million guests in 2014; that's almost a 25 percent increase since 2008. In 2013, Gov. Nixon launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge to encourage Missourians to undertake 100 miles of physical activity on Missouri trails. Since then, more than 22,000 Missourians have logged more than 3.1 million miles.
December 26th, 2014 • LakeExpo.com
More than 40 free, guided hikes will take place on trails in Missouri state parks and historic sites throughout the state on Jan. 1. Locally, the hike at Ha Ha Tonka State Park will begin at the Devils Kitchen Trail trailhead, at noon. Missouri State Parks guests were among the more than 22,300 Missourians who completed nearly 3 million miles as a part of the Governor’s 100 Missouri Miles Challenge.
June 5th, 2014 • KYTV TV Springfield
In 2013, Missouri was named the best trails state in the nation by American Trails, a national, nonprofit organization working on behalf of the nation’s hiking, biking and riding trails. Gov. Jay Nixon signed a proclamation making 2014 the “Year of the Trail” in Missouri State Parks. The celebration includes trail-related special events and programs as well as a new GeoChallenge on the Missouri State Parks mobile app that challenges visitors to navigate to trailheads in state parks and historic sites.