Show-Me State Games & Shelter Insurance® Announce Cities and Dates for 2018 Torch Run

The Show-Me State Games along with Shelter Insurance® is excited to announce the schedule for the 2018 Torch Run.

The mission of the Shelter Insurance® Show-Me State Games Torch Run is to generate exposure and enthusiasm for the Show-Me State Games throughout Missouri.  The Show-Me State Games is an Olympic-style sports festival offering more than 40 events for all ages and ability levels.  The 2018 GAMES will take place on June 8-10, July 20-22 and July 27-29 in Columbia.

This year, the Torch Run will be visiting ten cities. Individuals interested in running the torch can email Emily Lorenz at for more details.

The full schedule is as follows:

– March 22, 1 p.m. Missouri Southern North End Zone Facility
Springfield –March 22, 5 p.m.:  Cooper Tennis Complex
Kansas CityApril 13, 1:30 p.m.:  Mill Creek Park 
St. Joseph
– April 13, 5 p.m.: St. Joseph Visitor’s Center and Missouri Western
Hannibal– April 17, 11 a.m.: Central Park
Cape Girardeau– May 7, 1 p.m.:  A.C. Brase Arena  
St. Louis
 – May 7, 7 p.m.:  Busch Stadium
St. Charles – May 8, 10 a.m.: Frontier Park
Jefferson City – July 20, 11 a.m.:  Missouri State Capitol
Columbia – July 20: 3 p.m.: University of Missouri; 3:30 p.m.: Shelter Insurance®

The Torch Run will culminate with the Opening Ceremonies festivities at Mizzou Arena on Friday, July 20 at 7 p.m.

“The Torch Run is a great way to show Missourians the benefits of participating in the Show-Me State Games.  We enjoyed helping share that message and look forward to the event this year,” said Frank Thompson, Vice President of Marketing for Shelter Insurance® and Show-Me State Games Steering Committee Chair.

“The Torch Run fits right in with our Olympic tradition and helps us get the word out about the GAMES and our mission throughout the state of Missouri.  We are so grateful for the support of Shelter Insurance® in helping make this possible,” said Dave Fox, Executive Director of the Show-Me State Games.

The Show-Me State Games was established in 1985 as a non-profit program of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness & Health.  Now the largest state games in the nation, the Show-Me State Games is hosted by the University of Missouri. In addition to the summer games, the Show-Me State Games offers events throughout the year to promote health, fitness, family and fun. For a complete schedule of events and more details, visit or call 573-882-2101.