COVID-19 UPDATE 3.25.20

The organizers of the Joplin Memorial Run have been closely monitoring the rapidly-evolving situation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The health and safety of our participants, volunteers and the Four State community is our absolute top priority and we will continue to remain vigilant as developments transpire.

With the situation fluid and changing daily, and with the race still almost eight weeks away, we have chosen to continue to monitor events over the next two weeks before making a final decision.  Planning such an event involves the collective efforts of many resources and altering the date requires coordination with city officials, local government agencies, medical personnel, etc.  Rest assured our ultimate goal is to ensure a safe, secure environment for the race.  Over the next two weeks we will continue to stay in close communication with local, state and federal officials, will review all possible options and will make a decision with your best interests in mind.

We will communicate our decision to you on Thursday, April 9th.   We will continue to work diligently to ensure your Joplin Memorial Run experience is all you have come to expect.

In the meantime, we encourage everyone to strictly adhere to the CDC’s guidelines regarding personal hygiene and appropriate social distancing and to abide by abide by all local, state and federal directives. 

Whether it be May 16th or a later date, Active Lifestyle Events, our sponsor and our volunteers will be ready to welcome the running community to our great city to celebrate once again the resilience of our community, our state and our nation. 

God bless.

Audie Dennis, President, Active Lifstyle Events


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

Freeman Half Marathon

JVM 4 Person Half Marathon Relay: The legs will be 5k, 5k, 5k, and 3.8 miles

Full Relay Information

Sparklight 10K: 

Liberty Utilites 5K: 

Sign Designs Kid’s Run

full schedule of events

Virtual Run: Run the half as a virtual (we don’t offer the relay, 10k, 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 1.5 hour 6:45 AM 8:15 AM
Freeman Half & JVM Relay 4 hours 6:30 AM 10:30 AM
Cable One10K 2 hours 6:30 AM 8:30 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, 5k and Kid's Run participants will receive an event 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 plenty of parking downtown just give yourself a little time to walk! No Parking in Memorial Hall lot

Title Sponsors

  • Freeman Health System
  • JVM


  • Northwest Arkansas Naturals
  • US Bank
  • Sparklight
  • Sign Designs
  • Crossland Construction
  • Liberty Utilities
  • Zimmer Radio Inc
  • Forest Park Baptist Church
  • chick-fil-a
  • 88.3 The Wind
  • Great Plains Financial Credit Union
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Leggett and Platt
  • SNC Squared
  • Home 2
  • Midwestern Interactive
  • WalMart
  • KSN
  • home
  • Countryside Self Storage
  • Joplin CVB
  • Fox14
  • Koam
  • Globe
  • Arvest
  • Homewood Suites
  • Cheddars
  • YMCA
  • Start Mechanical Supply
  • Show Me Magazine
  • Missouri Eagle
  • AMi Radio
  • Mets

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