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Amtrak Contact: Marc Magliari at 312 880.5390, MoDOT Contact: Kristi Jamison at 573 526.2482 or Tourism Contact: Sarah Luebbert at 573 522.5501

May 06, 2010 12:00 AM
Amtrak Celebrates Missouri Travel and Trains with “Catch a Train, Catch a Game” Sweepstakes

JEFFERSON CITY - Sit back, relax and let an American icon take you to enjoy America's favorite pastime.  Now, due to America's love for trains, travel and baseball, you have an opportunity to do that and more in Missouri -- for free.

Amtrak, the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Division of Tourism are partnering to celebrate National Train Day (May 8, 2010) and National Travel and Tourism Week (May 8 - 16, 2010) with the "Catch a Train, Catch a Game" Sweepstakes.  Two grand prize winners will be selected, one for a St. Louis Cardinals prize package and one for a Kansas City Royals prize package. 

"Missouri is a diverse and scenic state with many family friendly things to experience," said Missouri Tourism Director Katie Steele Danner.  "Amtrak provides the perfect opportunity to take in the beauty of our state while providing a convenient and affordable way to get to many destinations."

The sweepstakes is open to all U.S. residents 18 years of age or older.  No purchase is necessary to win.  Only one entry per person is allowed.  Enter to win online at www.morail.org between May 8 and June 8. 

The Cardinals Grand Prize consists of four Amtrak Missouri River Runner round-trip tickets; four tickets to the Cardinals baseball game on July 17, 2010; a one room, one-night stay at the Millennium Hotel-St. Louis; and four passes to ride a tram to the top of the Arch.   The Royals Grand Prize includes four Amtrak Missouri River Runner round-trip tickets; four tickets to the Royals baseball game on June 26, 2010; a one room, one-night stay at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown; and four passes for Science City at Union Station Kansas City.  

"The Missouri River Runner really is an exciting way to travel across the state and we want more people to experience it," said Rod Massman, MoDOT's rail administrator.  "There's nothing better than letting Amtrak do the driving while you enjoy great views of Missouri scenery from a comfortable seat."

"Whether you're a fan of the American League or the National League, Amtrak has you covered in Missouri," said Anne McGinnis, Amtrak market manager.

Sweepstakes entry forms will also be available at all 10 Amtrak Missouri River Runner stations, all of which will host open house events in celebration of National Train Day on May 7 or 8.  They are located in St. Louis, Kirkwood, Washington, Hermann, Jefferson City, Sedalia, Warrensburg, Lee's Summit, Independence and Kansas City. 

National Train Day commemorates the anniversary of the first transcontinental railroad‘s inception by bringing to life the rich narrative of how trains transformed America.  For more information, visit www.nationaltrainday.com.

National Travel and Tourism Week, sponsored annually by the U.S. Travel Association, highlights the powerful economic, social and cultural impacts of travel.  For more information, visit www.ustravel.org/marketing/national-travel-and-tourism-week.

About Amtrak

As the nation's intercity passenger rail operator, Amtrak connects America in safer, greener and healthier ways. Last fiscal year (FY 2009), the railroad carried 27.2 million passengers, making it the second-best year in the company's history. With 21,000 route miles in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces, Amtrak operates more than 300 trains each day-at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph)-to more than 500 destinations. Amtrak also is the partner of choice for state-supported corridor services in 15 states and for several commuter rail agencies. Visit Amtrak.com or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and more information.

About MoDOT

Our mission is to provide a world-class transportation experience that delights our customers and promotes a prosperous Missouri. For more information, visit www.modot.org or call 888-ASK-MODOT (within Missouri).

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