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Show-me competition

Two friends bring a 40-year rivalry to Mizzou

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  • Photos and story by Shane Epping
  • Published: Aug. 7, 2007

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Complete transcript of Show-me Competition slideshow:

Announcer: "On your marks. Set."

Gun shot. Crowd cheers.

"Get that record baby, get that record!"

"Bring it in!"

"Finish strong, Ron!"

Steve Terry (ST): "My name is Steve Terry. I'm 53 and I'm down here participating in the Show-Me Games. The events that I am in were the long jump, steeple chase, 400, 800, 1500, 4x100 relay and 4x400 relay."

Jack Uhrig (JU): "My name is Jack Uhrig. I'm from Marshall, Missouri, I'm 53 years old and at the Show-Me State Games in 2007 I did the 100 meters, long jump, 1500 meters, 5000 meters on the track, 5K road race, 400 meters, 4x100 meters, 800 meters, 200 meters and 4x400 meters."

ST: "We started competing against each other in 1967 when we were 7th graders in junior high football and track and we've carried it on since then. There was a time when we were in college and getting our career started, but then back in the 80's we got it resumed again."

JU: "We've been friends for a long time, and with the permission of my patient, yes, he is under my care and I feel honored to be able to take care of somebody who actually is in very good health. He wins a lot, I may win some, the last couple of years he's been ahead of me and that's o.k. I know that he's pushing me to strive to be the best. All of us still enjoy being teenagers, and ran track in high school. This is the closest thing to giving us that feeling. We actually beat the girls high school team today in a pretty tight race so that's very satisfying."

ST: "It's much easier to be a potato than it is, you know, to be a rolling stone. We worry about being tired after we're done."

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In the heat of another Missouri summer, two men arrived in Columbia to test their stamina and to continue a 40-year tradition focused on rivalry and friendship at the 23rd annual Show-Me STATE GAMES (SMSG). Both 53 years old, Steve Terry and Jack Uhrig entered a total of 17 events in a two-day period. They left with almost the same number of medals. (See slide show.)

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