Special Olympics Torch Run In Maryville Tuesday Morning

Law Enforcement officers from around the state will be running the torch to raise awareness for Special Olympics Missouri (SOMO) and the 2018 State Summer Games.

In Maryville, the torch will be ran on Highway 71 south from the Nodaway County Courthouse Tuesday (TODAY) starting at 9am.  The 5K will end south of 308th Street.  The 10K will continue to south of 340th Street.

The State Summer Games will be held in Springfield on June 1 – 3.  The culmination of the Torch Run – the lighting of the Flame of Hope – will take place during the Opening Ceremony, June 1 at Hammons Student Center, beginning at 7:00 p.m.


The 2018 Torch Run Route Schedule follows below. If you have questions or would like more information regarding the Law Enforcement Torch Runâ, please visit www.somo.org/torchrun or contact Crystal Schuster, Torch Run Development Director, at cschuster@somo.org or (573) 635-1660 ext 26.

The Law Enforcement Torch Runâ for Special Olympics is an annual event. The guiding purpose of the event is to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics Missouri.  Special Olympics is law enforcement’s charity of choice, not only in Missouri, but worldwide. More than 2,500 runners from 119 agencies from across the state will participate in the 2018 Torch Run.  These runners will complete 38 different routes and cover more than 1,000 miles across Missouri.

Missouri Law Enforcement Agencies are attempting to raise $2.2 million this year through various fundraising initiatives including the Polar Plunge®, selling Torch Run T-shirts and organizing special events such as the World’s Largest Truck Convoy®, Over the Edge® and Tip-A-Cop® events. “They are passionate about raising money and awareness for SOMO. Law enforcement has been the largest supporter of the Special Olympics movement worldwide; we are forever grateful,” says Mark Musso, SOMO President & CEO.

In 2017, Missouri’s Torch Run was awarded the ranking of No. 7 in the world based on gross dollars raised. Shop ‘n Save is the Presenting Sponsor of Missouri’s Torch Run, providing year-round fundraising assistance.


Region 1 (NW Region)

  1. US 71 South from Maryville – May 22nd @ Nodaway County Courthouse @ 9:00am

Contact: James Runde, Maryville Treatment Center, 660-582-6542

  1. Missouri Highway Patrol Troop H – May 22nd from Kawasaki in Maryville south on US 71.  5K will end south of 308th St.  The 10K will continue to just south of 340th St. – right after Maryville run.

Contact:  Tracy Hux, Troop H, 816-387-2345

  1. Savannah Route from Town Square to 71, 71 to park to St Rose of Lima Catholic Church –

May 22nd @ 12:30 p.m. Contact: Daniel Zeigler, Savannah Police Dept., 816-324-7541

  1.   St. Joseph Route starting at MO Western University. – May 22nd @ 3:00 p.m.

Contact: Rita Ketchem, St. Joseph Police Dept., 816-271-4701

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