HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Mississippi amateur athletes past and present gathered in Hattiesburg and Laurel Wednesday morning to participate in ceremonial torch runs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the State Games of Mississippi.
Opening ceremonies for this year's games take place Friday night in Meridian.
More than 5,000 athletes from across the state will take part in 38 different Olympic-style sports during the games.
This year, Hattiesburg will host disc golf events, while Laurel will provide a venue for some soccer competitions.
Both torch runs happened at Southern Pipe & Supply, which is a State Games sponsor.