Ceremonies Torch Runner Announced

Wed Oct 03, 2012

Former Trans-USA Guinness Record Holder, Author, World Adventurer, Stan Cottrell, Named Torch Runner for 2012 Huntsman Senior Games Opening Ceremonies

On Monday, October 8th, the 26th Annual Huntsman World Senior Games begin.  This event welcomes to St. George, Utah, approximately 10,000 senior athletes from all 50 of the United States of America and 23 other countries to compete in 27 different sporting events. This includes sports heroes, former record holders, and athletes of all skill levels in sports. 

Kyle M Case, CEO for The Games, recently announced that Stan Cottrell has accepted the invitation to be this year’s Torch Runner for the Opening Ceremonies taking place on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Dixie State College Hansen Stadium.  Cottrell is best known internationally for his decades of ultra-distance “Friendship Runs” through 38 countries including a trans-USA Guinness record of 48 days and a 2,100 mile run in China and critically acclaimed in the feature length film China Run.  He ran his first race in 1955 and has logged more than 200,000 miles.  He is regarded as a pioneer in ultra-distance running. 

Case stated, “We think Stan Cottrell is the ideal role model who portrays our philosophy of building lasting friendships and living healthy lifestyles via sporting activities.  He carries a compelling message regarding the impact of each person’s life, and the unique victory each one has to give to the world.  At age 69, he believes one should always ‘think big…if that doesn’t work, think bigger!  ”   

Now Cottrell is preparing for his most ambitious project ever – The Great Global Friendship Run (GGFR) with ultra-distance events plus business, cultural, sports and children’s events in countries across the globe, spreading cross-cultural friendship and raising funds for orphans.  The World Senior Games provide the perfect international sports arena for the USA “start” for this ambitious 5-6 year project.

“I am very humbled, honored and happy to be associated with The Huntsman World Senior Games, as both our organizations have seen the positive impact of people coming together in thought, heart and spirit based around sporting and recreation activities.  We have the opportunity to see how similar the human family really is regardless of geography.  This initiative is Sports Diplomacy in its finest hour. Each person is a unique ‘People Ambassador’.”

The Huntsman World Senior Games have come a long way since that first year in 1987 when St. George, Utah, USA welcomed a few hundred athletes competing in a handful of sports.  From those humble beginnings, the Games have grown into the world’s largest annual multi-sport event for men and women ages 50 and better.  The Games take place each October and are open to athletes of all skill levels. 

“One of the unique things about the Games,” says Case, “is that our divisions for the sports are based on age, and wherever possible, skill level as well.  This makes the event more inclusive and allows for a legitimate chance at a medal.”

“The Games offer a total experience,” says Case.  Each sport hosts an athlete social, where the participants have an opportunity to have a great meal and create new friendships and renew old ones off the field of competition.  Other social events provide the opportunity for the athletes to socialize and enjoy themselves.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm at the Dixie State College Hansen Stadium, the Games will officially welcome the athletes at the Grand Opening Ceremonies.  Following the tradition of the Olympics, the Ceremonies feature a Parade of Athletes, a Cauldron Lighting by Stan Cottrell and singing and dancing along with fireworks. 

Admission is free of charge making the Ceremonies, like the athletic competitions, more inclusive. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the continuing achievements of the world’s Seniors, the results of dedication, effort, discipline and healthy lifestyles. For more information please visit www.seniorgames.net.