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 peurrunge@Missouri.edu 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 www.smsg.org or call 573-882-2101.