Show-Me State Games 2014 Torch Run Coming to KC

Show-Me State Games 2014 Torch Run Coming to KC

torch run logoThe Show-Me State Games along with Shelter Insurance® is excited to announce the dates and cities for the 2014 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 30th anniversary GAMES will take place on June 20-22, July 18-20 and July 25-27.

The Torch Run will take place in eight cities throughout Missouri this spring and summer including:

  • Springfield:  April 8 at Missouri State University and Hammons Field
  • Joplin:   April 9 at Spiva Park and Cunningham Park
  • Kansas City:  April 22 at Mill Creek Park and Kansas City Plaza
  • Hannibal: April 25 at Central Park
  • St. Louis:  April 29 at Busch Stadium
  • St. Charles:  April 30 in Downtown St. Charles
  • Jefferson City:  July 18 at Missouri State Capitol
  • Columbia:  July 18 at Shelter Insurance®

The Torch Run will culminate with the Opening Ceremonies festivities at the Hearnes Center on Friday, July 18 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 expanding the event this year,” said Frank Thompson, Vice President of Marketing for Shelter Insurance® and Show-Me State Games Steering Committee Chair.

“We are excited to expand our Torch Run as part of our 30th anniversary celebration, and we appreciate the support of Shelter Insurance® to help us get the word out about the GAMES throughout the state of Missouri” said Ken Ash, Executive Director of the Show-Me State Games.

Individuals interested in running the torch can email Emily Lorenz at for more details.

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. The Show-Me State Games generates $15 million in economic impact annually in Columbia. For a complete schedule of events and more details about the Show-Me State Games, visit or call 573-882-2101.