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Want to experience the camaraderie and energy of the Joplin Memorial Run with family and friends? Enter a team in the 4-person relay. The race is 5k, 5k, 5k and 3.8 miles (distances are approximate due to the nature of setting up exchange zones) so there are opportunities for runners of all skill levels and walkers are welcome.

Packet Pickup for Relay Teams

There is one packet for each team that includes all 4 bibs and the timing tag. Only one person from each team needs to go to the Runner Expo to pick up the packet, although we want everyone who can to come out and enjoy it. T-shirts are picked up in a separate t-shirt area and the t-shirt sizes will be printed on the ticket. All paid relay runners get their own goody bag also.

Relay Format

Each Half Marathon Relay Runner will cross a corresponding Relay Race Finish Line at the end of your leg of the Relay Race. Relay medals will only be available at the finish line, please have the last leg runner pick these up for the entire team. Upon completion of your leg of the race, you will have the ability to ride the Relay Bus Shuttle back to the Start/Finish Area, to cheer on the member of your team running the final leg of the Relay Race. The whole team is welcome to cross the finish line together and can get access into finish line at 9th and Joplin. This will be the corresponding Relay Race Finish Line for this member’s leg of the race.

* The lengths of the relay legs are approximate but will be placed as close as possible to accurate distances listed based on the USATF certified half marathon course.

1st Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
2nd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
3rd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
4th Leg – 3.8 miles

Team Format

A Relay team consists of 4 members. If you choose, a Relay team can consist of fewer than 4 members (one or more members running more than one leg), but the entire team fee for 4 participants must still be paid. A Relay team member can participate in more than one event as long as he/she is registered in each event.

Half Marathon/Relay Participation
You must register and pay the Half Marathon entry and also register/pay as a team member on a Relay team. You would wear the timing bib you receive for the half marathon the entire race and you would also carry the team chip (strapped to your ankle) during your leg of the Relay.

5K/Relay Participation
It is not possible to run the 5k course and participate in the Relay.

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Exchange Zones and Transportation

Relay Exchange Zones will be marked and have timing mats. Each Half Marathon Relay Runner will cross a corresponding Relay Race Finish Line at the end of your leg of the Relay Race. Upon completion of your leg of the race, you will have the ability to ride the Relay Bus Shuttle back to the Start/Finish Area. Your bib will get you access into the athlete food tent area.

Relay medals will only be available at the finish line. You can have the last leg runner pick these up for the entire team OR your whole team can join your final runner to run across the finish line together. If running in as a team you can gain access to the course around 9th street where the crowd control fencing stops.

The Exchange:

If you are not making a relay exchange please stay off the race course until your runner is coming. Each team will have ONE timing chip that will be on a strap. You can wear or carry the strap but it must be passed to each team member and cross all timing mats. The runner getting ready to take the timing strap should be waiting AFTER the arch/timing mat. The runner finishing his/her leg should cross the timing mat and handoff to the next runner.

The Relay Shuttles will be staged at 7th and Main Street and will run on the times below. Relay shuttle buses provide transportation to relay exchanges and back to the finish line ONLY. Approximate ride times to the exchanges vary from 5 to 20 minutes depending on the distance to the exchange from the start. Relay Buses are for RACERS ONLY (bib required to get on) no spectators allowed. Leave no personal items on the buses. You may provide your own transportation but cannot park on the race course or private property. It is advised to take the buses.

Relay beginning Leg 1: 3.1 miles (5k): No transportation, begins at start

Relay beginning Leg 2: 3.1 miles (5k) Shuttles run 5:30am-8:30 AM to Murphy/Landreth Park

Relay beginning Leg 3: 3.1 miles (5k) Shuttles run 6:00 am-9:30 AM to Campbell Parkway Park

Relay beginning Leg 4: 3.8 miles Shuttles run 6:45 am-10:00 to Joplin High School

Categories

Teams can compete in the following categories. 1st-5th Place awards will be given in each category.

All Male
All Female
COED (at least one member is female)

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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

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Parking

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:

A portion of proceeds from each race goes back to the memorial and rebuilding efforts. The Joplin Memorial Run is proud to support tornado recovery since it’s transformation from Boomtown Run in 2011 to Joplin Memorial Run in 2012. Since 2012 we’ve donated over $250,000 to United Way, Rebuild Joplin, Bright Futures, and Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism to help with tornado relief and recovery.

In 2018 Our Charity Partner will be Stained Glass Theatre. A 100% volunteer organization that produces family friendly shows for the community. SGT rented their original building from St. Johns and it sat on 26th St just east of the emergency room parking lot and helicopter pad- meaning they were in the direct line of the the tornado on May 22, 2011. Three members of the SGT family were killed and six others sustained massive injuries along with several other minor injuries. There were 56 people in the building that day and it was fortunate that the loss was not greater as there wasn’t a wall remaining. They have purchased a new building that they are remodeling since they could not rebuild at their old location. New location is at 2101 Annie Baxter. Their web site is www.sgtjoplin.com.

The New location on Annie Baxter

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We always want to remember the reason for this event.

On May 22, 2011 an F-5 tornado tore through Joplin destroying many homes, businesses, and taking 161 lives. For the first and last mile of the Joplin Memorial Marathon course, we display 161 victim banners that our runners run through. One name is on every banner displayed. On the Friday night before the event, we host the Walk of Silence which is free and open to the public. At 7:00 P.M. we have a group time and pause for reflection then Joplin street from 7th-20th is closed until 8:00 P.M. for viewing of the banners, a time of remembering, and honoring the lives lost. You can walk the whole mile down and back, you can choose to visit a few banners, or stay at one, it is up to you. We encourage people to come with their businesses, family, friends, whoever you want to be with at this time. Some groups make shirts to wear in remembrance. Our goal is to provide a time for us to remember as a community. There is no cost for this event.

Read the Names of the 161 we Honor

How we came to be

2003 – 2004 Festival of the Four States 4k and 8k

The Joplin Memorial Half Marathon actually began as the Festival of the Four States 4k and 8k in 2003. Founder Audie Dennis suggested a run be added to the festival as a way of rounding out the weekend. While the committee declined to include a run the Festivals first year in 2002, it was added for the 2003 event. The run took place downtown starting on Virginia Street by the Joplin Globe and traveled easterly on Langston Hughes Boulevard before the turnaround near St. Louis Avenue. The inaugural event brought out 115 runners (including current Race Director Ruth Sawkins - then a college sophomore at OCC), making it by far the largest annual run in the area at that time. The 2004 event drew 120 runners. Sadly, the records of the winners from the first two years events have been lost.

2005 – 2008 Boomtown Days 5k and 10k

The Festival of the Four States was rechristened as Boomtown Days and moved from downtown to Landreth Park in 2005. While organizers liked the course they had downtown, they felt that, being part of the festival, they need to move with the festival. Organizers took advantage of the move to change the race distance from a 4k/8k to 5k/10k and incorporated the Frisco Greenway Trail into the course at that time. Winners in 2005 included Tonya Wood in women’s division of the 5k with a time of 22:07 and Jeremy Butler in the men’s division of the 5k with a time of 19:00. Erin Sutton took the 10k with a time of 39:42 and Steve Vockrodt won the men’s 10k with a time of 34:43. The Boomtown Days 5k/10k continued through 2008. Winners during that time included:

2006

RACE TIME
Women’s 5k - Courtney Wood 22:20
Men’s 5k - Geoff Karhoff 17:50
Women’s 10k - Susan Melly 39:49
Men’s 10k - Jacob Rotich 31:51

2007

RACE TIME
Women’s 5k - Courtney Wood 22:02
Men’s 5k - Allan Good 18:44
Women’s 10k - Cary Fuller 46:28
Men’s 10k - Austin Bunn 33:44

2008

RACE TIME
Women’s 5k - Courtney Wood 22:19
Men’s 5k - Kevin McCullough 17:40
Women’s 10k - Carrie Vestal 39:10
Men’s 10k - Jason Mc Cullough 33:27

Results for 2009 forward can be found on our results page

2009 – 2010 Boomtown Days Half Marathon and 5k

After the 2008 event, race officials were approached by Vince Lindstrom, Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) director about the possibility of applying for a CVB grant in an effort to grow the event. Recognizing the goal of a CVB grant is to put heads in beds, the run committee did away with the 10k portion of the event in favor of the addition of a half marathon. The event start was moved downtown to Joplin Street by Memorial Hall and a course taking runners through the southwest and western parts of the city was created. Ruth Sawkins joined the board as a volunteer in 2009. The inaugural Boomtown Days Half Marathon and 5k in 2009 drew 507 total participants. The second annual Boomtown Days Half Marathon and 5k in 2010 drew 929 runners. James Kirwa won the men’s half marathon with a time of 1:07:10 with Lisay Cherstich taking the women’s half in 1:21:29.

2011 - The Year of the Tornado

Planning and registrations for the 2011 Boomtown Days Half Marathon and 5k were going well and organizers were making final preparations when the unthinkable happened. On May 22, 2011, twelve days before the event was to be held, an EF-5 tornado tore through the center of Joplin, destroying 30% of the city and claiming 161 lives. The initial response was to cancel the event, but then organizers started receiving hundreds messages from runners that had registered for the event. Understanding the run could not be held, they wanted to know what they could do to help the city in its time of need. The run committee met three days after the tornado and the idea of a Day of Service to replace the run was born. Instead of running, participants were asked to instead come to Joplin and help with debris removal and donation sorting. It was also announced that all proceeds from the event would go to help with the tornado recovery. After the announcement, Runners World magazine picked up on it and spread the word on their web site. Immediately, people from throughout the nation started registering for the run that wouldn’t happen, knowing their money would help in the recovery efforts. Running clubs in Florida, Ohio and Michigan organized remote Boomtown Days runs to take place on the day and time the original was to be held with all proceeds being sent to race organizers in Joplin for donation to the recovery efforts. The Day of Service saw over 400 runners come from as far away as Texas and Nebraska. A memorial service was held prior to school buses transporting participants into the tornado zone to help with debris removal. A “finish line” was set up for “runners” to cross as they came off the buses that afternoon. Because the medals had already been received prior to the storm, all participants received a medal after crossing the finish line. Jeff Galloway, who had been the scheduled guest speaker for the 2011 event, donated his time to come to Joplin anyway and worked alongside hundreds of others doing debris removal in one of the hardest hit areas of town. Runners World magazine was present also and would later name the Boomtown Days Half Marathon one of its Heroes of Running for 2011 in its January 2012 edition.

2012 - 2014 Joplin Memorial Run

Race organizers met shortly after the Day of Service and voted to reinvent the Boomtown Days Half Marathon and 5k as the Joplin Memorial Run, and named Ruth Sawkins as Race Director for 2012. The purpose of the event would be to honor the 161 people that perished in the storm and to raise funds to support the rebuilding effort and the construction and maintenance of memorials to those lost and to the tens of thousands of volunteers that came to Joplin’s aid. Emotions were high as the inaugural Joplin Memorial Half in 2012 drew over 2900 runners to the starting line. After the 2012 race organizers initiated a grass root fund raising campaign to purchase 161 memorial flags to be placed over the first one mile of the course. Each flag bore the name of one of the 161 people that died in the tornado. Over $20,000 was raised and the run funded the balance needed to ensure the flags would be in place for the 2013 event. 2310 runners participated in the 2013 event. The banners proved to be not only meaningful to the runners but to the entire city as traffic backed up on Joplin Avenue the evening before the run as citizens sought to view them, many stopping to spend a few moments a the flag of friends or family members lost. The banners have come to symbolize the event and are now part of the event logo. 2014 - 2145 people participated in the 2014 event and a Walk of Silence of added for the first time. The Walk of Silence was created as a way to allow the community as a whole to be part of the event by allowing anyone and everyone an opportunity to walk the 1.5 miles out and back past the memorial banners as a time of reflection in remembrance to those lost in the storm. 2015-There was a buzz about the event in 2015 as it was rebranded as the Joplin Memorial Half with a new logo and new look. The course were also new and improved. 2804 runners turned out to check out the new courses and new look.

2016 and 2017 Joplin Memorial Marathon

2016-Active Lifestyle Events, the 501c3 that oversees the event, has announced the addition of a full marathon for the 2016 event. Race organizers expect a record number of participants as the city observes the five year anniversary of the tornado. The Joplin Memorial Marathon events have donated almost $130,000 to the rebuilding of our city over the first four years of the event and in July of this year made it’s first donation of $40,000 toward the $100,000 pledge made to fund the construction of a specially equipped playground at the Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism currently under construction. The center was destroyed in the tornado but never ceased to operate. We hope you join us in 2016 as we Run, Remember and Rebuild.

2018 Joplin Memorial Run

The Half Marathon is our premier event. Full Marathon will be hosted in 5 and 10 year anniversary years.

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​The 161 we honor:

Jose Olimpo Alvarez
Maria de Lourdes Alvarez-Torres
Barbara Ann Morgan Anderson
Sarah Lee Sherfy Anderson
William Austin Anderson
Grace L. Aquino
Dale Lawrence Arsenault
Cyrus Edward Ash, Jr
Bruce Baillie
Robert W. Baker
Robert Eugene Bateson
Dorthey Lee Calvert Bell
Regina Mae Bloxham
Barbara Fuller Boyd
Lathe E. Bradfield
Burnice M. Bresee
Ramona Mae Peavey Bridgeford
Leo Earl Brown
Hugh Odell Buttram
Tami Leigh Campbell
Arriyinnah Savannah Carmona
Moises Carmona
Shante Marie Caton
Trentan Maurice Steven Caton
Rev. Raymond LeRoy Chew, Sr
Clyde L. Coleman
Carolane Jean Burton Collins
Lois Ada McKinney Comfort
Keenan Krice Conger
James Van Cookerly
Edmond Andrew Cooper
Vicki Lynn Cooper
Alice L. Cope
Teddy Ray Copher
Malisa Ann Crossley
Adam Dewayne Darnaby
Patricia Elaine Dawson
Michael Wayne Dennis
Nancy Elizabeth Thornberry Douthitt
Ellen Jeanette Doyle
Faith Constance Dunn
Amonda Sue Eastwood-Pryor
Richard Allen Elmore
Randy Edward England
Mark Lewis Farmer
Ida Mildred Finley
Betty Jo Burlington Fisher
Robert S. Fitzgerald
Rick E. Fox
Marsha Ann Winkler Frost
Sebastian C. Frost
Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith
Billie Jo Gideon
Robert M. Griffin
Steven Joseph Haack-Stephens
Paul Eugene Haddock
Johnna Jean Stanbery Hale
Leola M. Hardin
Caley Lantz Hare
Dorothy Viola Gray Hartman
Dee Ann Kelly Hayward
Judy Rae Bryan Head
Glenn Wayne Holland
Lorie Marie Lippoldt Holland
Ronnie D. Hollaway
Charlotte “Char” Hopwood
Harli Jayce Howard
Hayze Cole Howard
Russell Thomas Howard
Iona Lee Hull
Wendy Ann Wasson Istas
Jane E. Jaynes
Melisa Renee Johnson
Dorothy M. Johnston
Cheryl Lynne Jones
Kathy Susan Keling
James David Kendrick
Abraham “Abe” H. Khoury
Stanley D. Kirk
Geneva Eutsler Koler
Tedra J. Kuhn
Donald Wayne Lansaw, Jr
Bruce A. Lievens
Billie Sue Huff Little
Skyuler Ignatius Logsdon
Christopher Don Lucas
Patricia Anne Mann
Rachel Kristine Markham
Nancy Ann Grinage Martin
Janice Kay Yeager McKee
Jesse Len McKee
James Edward McKeel
Mary Lois McKeel
LaDonna S. Journot McPurdy
Randall Elvin Mell
Angelina Ann Menapace
Doris Marie Finley Menhusen-Montgomery
Ronald Dale Meyer
Lorna “Kay” Wildrix Miller
Ray Donald “Tripp” Miller, III
Suzanne M. Francione Mock
Edith “Edie” Louise Froelich Moore
Esterlita M. Moore
Sally Ann Harris Moulton
G. Nadine Morris Mulkey
Edmund Vincent Mullaney
Sharyl Anyssa San Miguel Nelsen
William Richard Norton
Dennis Melvin Osborn
Charles E Oster
Shirley Ann Parker
Nichole Pearish
Mary Joyce Thurman Perry
James Benjamin John Peterson
Anna Pettek
Jay Petty, Jr
Hallie Marie Agleton Piquard
Natalia Marie Puebla
Troy Douglas Ramey
Shelly Marie Gray Ramsey
Loretta L. Randall
Cheryl E. Spruce Rantz
Darlene Kay Hall Ray
Virgil Thomas Reid
Johnnie Ray Richey
Vicki P. Robertson
Cayla Ann Selsor Robinson
Keith Derek Robinson
Margaret Ellen Row
Virginia Mae Templeton Salmon
Grace Marie Dummit Sanders
Thomas B. Sarino
Tonja Lee Sawyer
Frances Ann Worm Scates
Gladys Juanita Stanton Seay
Daniel Wayne Shirley
Judy Lee Brown Smith
Luther Gene Smith
Nicholaus Adam Smith
Shyrell Lee Cranor Smith
Lois Laverne Schnook Sparks
Betty J. Toops Stogsdill
Ralph Gilbert Stover
JT Strickland
Gregan Douglas Sweet
Jefferson Taylor
Kayleigh Savannah Teal
Heather Leigh Terry
Sandra Kay Thomas
John L. Thomas, Jr
Zachary Delbert Treadwell
Margaret Ann Unger Tutt
Michael E. “Mikey” Tyndall
Darian Darlene Vanderhoofven
Joshua Dean Vanderhoofven
Miguel “Mikey” Vasquez-Castillo
Miles Dean Wells
Tiera Nicole Whitley
Douglas Earl Williams
Zachary “Zach” Allen Williams
Charles William Writer

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Joplin Memorial Run Registration fees:

Nov 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 at midnight CST

Half Marathon - $70
Half Marathon 4 person relay-$150

10k- $50

5k - $35
Kids Run - $10

January 1, 2019 to March 8, 2019 at midnight CST

Half Marathon - $75
Half Marathon 4 person relay-$150
10k-$55

5k - $35
Kids Run - $10

March 9, 2019 to April 30, 2019 at midnight CST

​Half Marathon - $80
Half Marathon 4 person relay-$160
10k-$55

5k - $35
Kids Run - $10

May 1, 2019 to May 15, 2019 at midnight CST

Half Marathon - $85
Half Marathon 4 person relay-$160
10k-$60

5k - $40
Kids Run - $10

Runner’s Expo and Packet Pickup noon-8 PM Friday, May 17, 2019 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center

Half Marathon - $90
Half Marathon 4 person relay -$180
10k-$60

5k - $40
Kids Run - $15

Virtual Runner options (packet, shirts, and finisher’s medals to be mailed after the event)

Half Marathon - $90
Half Marthon 4 perons relay- no virtual runner option
10k- no virtual run option5k - no virtual run option
Kids - no virtual run option

 

 

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Congratulations to our 2018 Winners:

 

Previous Events

Searchable Results

Overall Results Reports

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Course Records

5k

16:33 by Kyle Rosseau in 2014

18:50 by Dora Eastin in 2013

Half Marathon

1:07:10 by James Kirwa in 2010

1:08:01 by Melissa Todd in 2009

Full Marathon

2:51:54 by Kevin Zimmerman in 2017

3:03:07 by Laura Blaylock in 2016

Marathon Relay:

COED: 3:26:26 by “KUMONIWANNARUNNA” - Jason Rincker, Elias Rincker, Janette Brooks, Cindy Woods, and Mindy Gardner

Female: 3:39:40 by “We Use to be Athletes” - Jennifer Gilmore, Clare Dunbar, Mary Wachter, Sarah Schiefelbein, and Abby Farabi

Male: 3:03:14 by “CJ Soccer” - Gavin Page, Riley Kunce, Noah Kunce, Isaiah Duram, and Colby Sullivan


Thanks for your interest in the Joplin Memorial Run. You have one more opportunity to register for the event on Friday May 18. The race expo is from noon until 8pm on the campus of MSSU. There are signs pointing you to the Student Center. The expo is downstairs in the Beimdiek Recreation Center. We can only do face-to-face registration. Registration can be paid by cash, credit, or debit card.
Hope to see you Friday…and then, of course, Saturday for the run.
 

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2019 Volunteer info and signups coming in December!  

WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS

You are the heart of our event! It takes over 600 volunteers to support the multiple events that are the Joplin Memorial Run weekend. All Volunteers receive

  • Race Crew T-shirt
  • Volunteer goodies
  • A Meal to keep you going
  • Our undying appreciation and thanks
  • Volunteer giveaways. Drawings for lots of fun, free stuff

Sign up as an individual or multiply yourself by signing up as a group. Groups enlisting 10 volunteers or more will be recognized on race day barricade banners and in the race book for all runners. You can sign up your group, business, club or organization. Multiple opportunities to choose from – before, during and following the events. Choose what works for you. Race participants can even help with the JVM Runner’s Expo on Friday.

R-E-M-E-M-B-E-R

R – Runners depend on you for a memorable event.
E – Encourage runners and fellow volunteers.
M – Maintain positive attitude. Be enthusiastic.
E – Expect excellence of yourself and JMM team members.
M – Members of the volunteer crew only serving.
B – Be aware and flexible. Situations change quickly.
E – Enjoy the event. Bring your personality and have fun.
R – Remain at assignment for entire shift.

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We are so thankful for the support we receive from the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau! If you are looking for things to do while in Joplin be sure to go to VisitJoplinMo.com

 

Hotels

Homewood Suites is the 2019 Host Hotel of the Joplin Memorial Run.

$129-$149 a Night

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(make sure to mention Joplin Memorial Run if you call to book)

Phone: 417-623-1900 Address: 2642 E 32nd Street, Joplin, Missouri, 64804

  • Includes grab and go breakfast starting at 4 AM
  • Late checkout (if requested)
  • Busing to and from race site is provided from this hotel
  • Check out other amenities HERE

The Joplin Homewood Suites hotel has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award. This honor is awarded to establishments that achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site. They have also won numerous awards within the Homewood Suites brand, including being ranked number one out of all the Homewood Suites hotels in Overall Accommodations and Guest Service. Their staff takes great pride in consistently offering an exceptional experience to their guests.

 

 

Shuttle/Bus Service From Hotels

Busing will be available from our host hotel: Homewood Suites and the following 3 hotels: Hampton Inn, Hilton Garden, and Fairfield. Runners and Spectators are welcome to ride the buses. Busing will be available at the hotels at 5:00 AM and the last bus will leave the race site headed back to the hotels at 11:00 AM. There is limited parking downtown. Please give yourself plenty of time to be to race site on time as the race will start promptly at 6:30 AM (for half marathon and half relay). Drop off and pickup point for race site is at Joplin & 7th Street. Please do not leave any items on the bus as you won’t return on the same one.

Other Hotel Options

Rates are per night and each includes a grab and go breakfast starting at 4 AM. Make sure to mention Joplin Memorial Run when booking. Late checkout is available if requested. Rates are valid until the day of the event, or whenever the block of rooms is sold out, whichever comes first.

Hampton Inn
Phone: 417-659-9900

Rates and Booking Available Soon

Hilton Garden Inn
Phone: 417-206-6700

Rates and Booking Available Soon

Fairfield Inn
Phone: 417-624-7800

Rates and Booking Available Soon

Food

If you decide to spend a few days with us in Joplin, here are a couple of our favorite restaurants you should check out.

Cheddar’s - 3120 Hammons Blvd
Blackthorn Pizza - 510 S. Joplin Ave.
Crabbys Seafood - 815 West 7th Street
Hackett Hot Wings - 520 South Main Street
The Red Onion - 203 East 4th Street
Maria’s Mexican - 1901 East 32nd Street
Big R’s BBQ - 1220 East 15th Street
Eagle Drive In - 4224 Hearnes Blvd
Instant Karma - 527 S Main Street
The Bruncheonette - 424 N Main Street

If you would like more information about Joplin, check out www.visitjoplinmo.com

Local Running Hotspot

You cannot leave Joplin without visiting our local running store - Runaround Lifestyle & Running Co. Located only three blocks north east of the start/finish line, at 422 South Main St. Runaround Lifestyle & Running Co. can meet all your last minute race needs or come on over if you need some new gear after the race. With personal service and individual fitting process, Runaround Lifestyle & Running Co. is unlike any other sporting goods store.

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Runner’s Expo

Participants may pick up packets on Friday, May 17 from noon-8:00 P.M. in the Beimdiek Recreation Center on the campus of Missouri Southern State University (3950 Newman Rd, Joplin, MO 64801). Items included at packet pickup:

  • Racers bib with timing chip on it (disposable after the race)
  • Race shirt - men’s or women’s cut
  • Race-distance car decal
  • Additional swag!

Race day packet pickup is allowed with pre-approval from the race director. If you would like to pick up your packet on race day email us or check the box when you register.


 

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Half Course 10K
5K Kid’s Run Walk of Silence

Elevation Maps

5k

Half Marathon

 

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On-Course Nutrition

Energy gels will be available at mile 9 of half marathon course

 

A portion of proceeds goes back to the memorial and rebuilding efforts The Joplin Memorial Half is proud to support tornado recovery through donations to Rebuildjoplin.org the last several years. In addition to the money raised by runners, a sizable donation will be made to after the event is complete. Funds from future JMH events are targeted toward the construction and maintenance of memorials to the victims and heroes of the May 22nd tornado. Since 2012 we’ve donated over $100,000 to United Way, Rebuild Joplin, and Bright Futures to help with tornado relief and recovery. In 2014 we donated $30,000 which was matched by a grant to build a house for a tornado victim family. Rebuild Joplin was founded in response to the tornado that tore through Joplin, Duquesne, and other surrounding communities. Rebuild Joplin began as a website to coordinate donations and volunteers, then evolved into serving the immediate needs of recovery, eventually shifting to the repair and rebuilding of homes directly affected by the tornado. Rebuild Joplin has rebuilt 64 homes to date, and aims to ensure that all remaining families that were storm-displaced are returned home by 2015. . The Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism will be our charity recipient for 2015.Proceeds from the 2015 race will benefit the Center’s new active lifestyle playground area. Read below to find out more about the work they do in Joplin.

About Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism

Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism, developed in consultation with the Cleveland Clinic Autism Consulting Group, opened in fall 2007 with a preschool program. Since then, the center has expanded services to include children birth to age 21 and families. Individuals with autism spectrum disorders often need targeted therapy to help build life skills necessary for transition into mainstream classrooms and a more independent future. Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism provides evidence-based, life-changing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorders.

The opportunity

Prior to the opening of Bill & Virginia Leffen Center for Autism in the fall of 2007, families seeking diagnosis and treatment for children with autism had two choices - travel great distances to receive autism services or go without. Since that time, thanks to generous donors, more than 300 students have received life-changing therapy at the center. When the May 22, 2011 tornado descended upon Joplin and ripped a 13-mile-wide swath through the community, it destroyed the center along with teaching supplies, office equipment, toys, and the playground. Despite the devastating loss, services for the children were restored within a week at temporary locations. However, thanks to the Leffen’s and many donors, a vision for a new home is soon to become a reality. As the new building, located at 2808 Picher, begins construction the center is in need of funding for a playground area. An active lifestyle through playground equipment and outdoor play areas that are specialized and suited for autism will aid in the overall development and growth of the students. It is the goal of the Active Lifestyle Events, Inc. Board of Directors to raise significant funds to assist in the building of an outstanding playground area to improve the quality of life for the Center’s students

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We always want to remember the reason we are doing our event.

On May 22, 2011 an F-5 tornado tore through Joplin destroying many homes, businesses, and taking 161 lives. For the first and last mile of the Joplin Memorial Half course we display 161 victim banners that our runners run through. One name is on every banner displayed. On Friday night before the event at 7 PM we host the Walk of Silence which is free and open to the public. At 7 PM we have a group time and pause for reflection then Joplin street from 7th-20th is closed until 8 PM for viewing of the banners, a time of remembering, and honoring the lives lost. You can walk the whole mile down and back, you can choose to visit a few banners, or stay at one, it is up to you. We encourage people to come with their businesses, family, friends, whoever you want to be with at this time. Some groups make shirts to wear in remembrance. Our goal is to provide a time for us to remember as a community. There is no cost for this event.

​The 161 we honor:

Jose Olimpo Alvarez
Maria de Lourdes Alvarez-Torres
Barbara Ann Morgan Anderson
Sarah Lee Sherfy Anderson
William Austin Anderson
Grace L. Aquino
Dale Lawrence Arsenault
Cyrus Edward Ash, Jr
Bruce Baillie
Robert W. Baker
Robert Eugene Bateson
Dorthey Lee Calvert Bell
Regina Mae Bloxham
Barbara Fuller Boyd
Lathe E. Bradfield
Burnice M. Bresee
Ramona Mae Peavey Bridgeford
Leo Earl Brown
Hugh Odell Buttram
Tami Leigh Campbell
Arriyinnah Savannah Carmona
Moises Carmona
Shante Marie Caton
Trentan Maurice Steven Caton
Rev. Raymond LeRoy Chew, Sr
Clyde L. Coleman
Carolane Jean Burton Collins
Lois Ada McKinney Comfort
Keenan Krice Conger
James Van Cookerly
Edmond Andrew Cooper
Vicki Lynn Cooper
Alice L. Cope
Teddy Ray Copher
Malisa Ann Crossley
Adam Dewayne Darnaby
Patricia Elaine Dawson
Michael Wayne Dennis
Nancy Elizabeth Thornberry Douthitt
Ellen Jeanette Doyle
Faith Constance Dunn
Amonda Sue Eastwood-Pryor
Richard Allen Elmore
Randy Edward England
Mark Lewis Farmer
Ida Mildred Finley
Betty Jo Burlington Fisher
Robert S. Fitzgerald
Rick E. Fox
Marsha Ann Winkler Frost
Sebastian C. Frost
Charles Kenneth Gaudsmith
Billie Jo Gideon
Robert M. Griffin
Steven Joseph Haack-Stephens
Paul Eugene Haddock
Johnna Jean Stanbery Hale
Leola M. Hardin
Caley Lantz Hare
Dorothy Viola Gray Hartman
Dee Ann Kelly Hayward
Judy Rae Bryan Head
Glenn Wayne Holland
Lorie Marie Lippoldt Holland
Ronnie D. Hollaway
Charlotte "Char" Hopwood
Harli Jayce Howard
Hayze Cole Howard
Russell Thomas Howard
Iona Lee Hull
Wendy Ann Wasson Istas
Jane E. Jaynes
Melisa Renee Johnson
Dorothy M. Johnston
Cheryl Lynne Jones
Kathy Susan Keling
James David Kendrick
Abraham "Abe" H. Khoury
Stanley D. Kirk
Geneva Eutsler Koler
Tedra J. Kuhn
Donald Wayne Lansaw, Jr
Bruce A. Lievens
Billie Sue Huff Little
Skyuler Ignatius Logsdon
Christopher Don Lucas
Patricia Anne Mann
Rachel Kristine Markham
Nancy Ann Grinage Martin
Janice Kay Yeager McKee
Jesse Len McKee
James Edward McKeel
Mary Lois McKeel
LaDonna S. Journot McPurdy
Randall Elvin Mell
Angelina Ann Menapace
Doris Marie Finley Menhusen-Montgomery
Ronald Dale Meyer
Lorna "Kay" Wildrix Miller
Ray Donald "Tripp" Miller, III
Suzanne M. Francione Mock
Edith "Edie" Louise Froelich Moore
Esterlita M. Moore
Sally Ann Harris Moulton
G. Nadine Morris Mulkey
Edmund Vincent Mullaney
Sharyl Anyssa San Miguel Nelsen
William Richard Norton
Dennis Melvin Osborn
Charles E Oster
Shirley Ann Parker
Nichole Pearish
Mary Joyce Thurman Perry
James Benjamin John Peterson
Anna Pettek
Jay Petty, Jr
Hallie Marie Agleton Piquard
Natalia Marie Puebla
Troy Douglas Ramey
Shelly Marie Gray Ramsey
Loretta L. Randall
Cheryl E. Spruce Rantz
Darlene Kay Hall Ray
Virgil Thomas Reid
Johnnie Ray Richey
Vicki P. Robertson
Cayla Ann Selsor Robinson
Keith Derek Robinson
Margaret Ellen Row
Virginia Mae Templeton Salmon
Grace Marie Dummit Sanders
Thomas B. Sarino
Tonja Lee Sawyer
Frances Ann Worm Scates
Gladys Juanita Stanton Seay
Daniel Wayne Shirley
Judy Lee Brown Smith
Luther Gene Smith
Nicholaus Adam Smith
Shyrell Lee Cranor Smith
Lois Laverne Schnook Sparks
Betty J. Toops Stogsdill
Ralph Gilbert Stover
JT Strickland
Gregan Douglas Sweet
Jefferson Taylor
Kayleigh Savannah Teal
Heather Leigh Terry
Sandra Kay Thomas
John L. Thomas, Jr
Zachary Delbert Treadwell
Margaret Ann Unger Tutt
Michael E. "Mikey" Tyndall
Darian Darlene Vanderhoofven
Joshua Dean Vanderhoofven
Miguel "Mikey" Vasquez-Castillo
Miles Dean Wells
Tiera Nicole Whitley
Douglas Earl Williams
Zachary "Zach" Allen Williams
Charles William Writer
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Friday, May 17

  • TIME
  • DETAILS
  • Noon - 8:00 P.M.
  • ​Packet Pickup and Runner Expo at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center.

  • 6:00 P.M.
  • Sign Designs Kid’s Run Starts

  • 7:00 P.M.
  • Walk of Silence through memorial banners on Joplin Street.

Saturday, May 18*NO race day registration

  • TIME
  • DETAILS
  • 6:30 A.M.
  • Freeman Half Marathon starts

    JVM Half Marathon Relay starts

    10K starts * New this year!

  • 6:45 A.M.
  • Liberty Utilities 5K starts

  • 10:30 A.M.
  • Course Closed

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Title Sponsors

  • Freeman Health System
  • JVM

Sponsors

  • 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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