One of the friendliest cities in America; Joplin, Missouri, is your host for two days of competitive running, running related events and entertainment for the entire family.

The Joplin Memorial Run was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22, 2011 tornado and to provide hope to the Joplin community while at the same time staging a first class event that runners will come back for again and again.

All races will begin in front of Memorial Hall at 8th & Joplin Street in downtown Joplin. Joplin Street is one block directly west of Main Street.

The Races

Half Marathon:The half marathon relay will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019

4 Person Half Marathon Relay: The 4 person half marathon relay will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019. The legs will be 5k, 5k, 5k, and 3.8 miles

Full Relay Information

10K: NEW this year!  The 10K will be held Saturday May 18, 2019. 

5K: The Liberty Utilities 5K will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019.

Kid’s Run: The Sign Designs Kid’s Run is a one-mile run that will be held Friday May 17, 2019, at 6:00 PM from Memorial Hall. Running, walking, skipping is all permitted. A parent can run with their child for no extra cost.

Walk of Silence: The Walk of Silence is an event open to the community at no charge. 161 banners honoring the victims killed in the May 22, 2011, Tornado will line Joplin Street from 9th to 20th street. At 7:00 P.M. on Friday May 17, 2019. This stretch of road will be closed to traffic and we will have a time of remembrance and silence for people to walk the corridor of banners. No pets please, children are welcome, we just ask that everyone be respectful of this time. The road will open back up to traffic at 8:00 P.M.

full schedule of events

Virtual Run: Run the half as a virtual (we don’t offer the relay or 5k in a virtual race, sorry!) runner! Share your time and or pictures with us on social media, 2-4 weeks after the race we’ll send your bib, goodie bag, shirt, and finisher medal.

Age Limits

Minimum age for participation is 12 years for the Half Marathon. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to determine whether you feel your child is properly trained and physically capable of successfully completing this event. Kids under 18 years of age are eligible to participate in the Kid's Run.

Time Limits

Walkers are welcome on all courses as long as they can finish within cut off times.

Course closures will be a rolling cut off based on finish time. If you fall behind pace of rolling closure you may chose to be brought back in an official race vehicle (recommended) or continue on your own, however you will be officially out of the race at this point with no support.

There will be NO EXCEPTION to cut off times.

Race Limit Start Cutoff
Liberty Utilities 5k 2 hour 6:45 AM 8:45 AM
Half & Half Relay, & 10K 4 hours 6:30 AM 10:30 AM
Sign Designs Kid's Run 45 mins 6:00 PM 6:45 PM





All participants can expect to receive the following amenities

Half Marathon, half marathon relay, 10K and 5K participants will receive an official men or women’s cut shirt.
Kid's Run participants will receive an official Joplin Memorial Kid's Run t-shirt.
Custom designed finisher medals for all races - Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay, 10K, 5K, and Kid's Run.
Finish line refreshments and admission to post race party area
Virtual runners will receive bib, goodie bag, shirt, and medal 2-3 weeks after the event.

Award Categories

Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K awards will be given for the top three overall finishers plus the 1st-3rd place male and female finishers in the following age divisions:

12 & under (5k race only)
13-15 (5k race only)
16-19 (5k race only)
19 & Under
20-24, 25-29
30-34, 35-39
40-44, 45-49
50-54, 55-59
60-64, 65-69
70 & Over Masters 40 and older (1st only)
All Male Relay (1st - 5th)
All Female Relay (1st - 5th)
COED Relay (1st - 5th)

Corporate Coed Relay (1st-5th)

A Note About Official Times for Prizes and Awards: There will be no duplication of trophies or plaque awards. Winners must verify their times and age group and pick up their award immediately after the race at the designated tent. There will not be an awards ceremony for any race.The results for the overall winners will be based on the actual order of finish (“gun time”). Age category awards will be based on chip time.

What’s Prohibited

(noncompliance with the following may result in immediate disqualification) Unregistered runners, unauthorized vehicles, bicycles, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards and runners with pets are strictly prohibited to assure runner safety and to comply with liability insurance requirements. Strollers and baby-joggers are only allowed for the 5k race and must start in the back. Finally, any type of support or unauthorized pacing will not be allowed. 

Historical Temperatures

We will host the race under most weather conditions: rain or shine. Extreme conditions or unsafe weather (lighting, extreme temperatures, etc) may warrant a cancellation or rescheduling of the event. This is at the discretion of the race director and will be made based on the safety of the racers, volunteers, and spectators. Every effort will be made to continue with the race. Modifications may be made to the event will not be allowed. Average high - 77° F Average low - 56° F Mean - 67° F



There is limited parking availability near the start/finish line. We strongly suggest you familiarize yourself with the area. Remember that we do have a shuttle bus system constantly circulating between the start/finish area and the hotels, so we encourage you to make use of that service. Use this map to locate parking options if the shuttle is not an option:

Title Sponsors

  • Freeman Health System
  • JVM


  • Northwest Arkansas Naturals
  • US Bank
  • Sign Designs
  • YMCA
  • Crossland Construction
  • Empire District
  • KJMK 93.9
  • KIX 102.5
  • Zimmer Radio Inc
  • 97.9 Big Dog
  • Kissin 92.5
  • Forest Park Baptist Church
  • chick-fil-a
  • KZRG 102.9
  • 88.3 The Wind
  • Great Plains Financial Credit Union
  • Joplin Electric
  • Jimmy Johns
  • The Run Around
  • Midwestern Interactive
  • WalMart
  • General Mills
  • Countryside Self Storage
  • Joplin CVB
  • Fox14
  • Koam
  • Globe
  • Climate Tech
  • Arvest
  • Homewood Suites
  • Cheddars
  • Start Mechanical Supply
  • Show Me Magazine
  • Missouri Eagle
  • AMi Radio
  • Mets

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