OZARK, Mo.-- It was a celebration of the Olympic spirit Tuesday in Ozark. About 15 staff and volunteers from James River Assembly held a torch run from Ozark to Huggins, Mo, more than 80 miles away. That's where hundreds of elementary kids will go to camp next month.
When kids are leaving for camp, they'll see a runner actually run the first mile live in Ozark. Then they'll see parts of the videotaped, 82-mile run, highlighted by a live runner bringing the torch into the campground. The runner that brings the torch into the campground will be an 11-year-old boy who had a heart transplant last year, and had been the focus of prayers said at last year's kids camp.
James River says the purpose of the torch run was to raise awareness about the opportunity for kids in the community to go to summer camp. The camp carries an Olympic theme this year, entitled "Go for the Gold". The torch run is also helping hundreds of children raise money for the cost of going to camp.