2500 Runner Limit for 2021


2021 JMR Video

2021 Runners' Guide

The Joplin Memorial Run was created as a way to honor the 161 people who lost their lives in the May 22, 2011 tornado. We invite you to join us for our 10 year Anniversary on May 21&22, 2021 at our new venue Cunningham Park in Joplin! ​

Ten Year Anniversary Logo

This year’s Freeman Joplin Memorial Run 10 year Anniversary logo honors seven symbols of hope and renewal, several featured as past icons of hope for our running series. In the weeks after the storm, Freeman Hospital was the only light we could see on the dark horizon of the city, and the Freeman Memorial continues to shine as a beacon of light today. Similarly, St. Mary’s Cross, which was the only thing left standing on that site, became a symbol of strength and endurance. The Butterfly emblem represents God’s angels “butterfly people,” who watched over our citizens during the storm. The Memorial Ring represents the strength of the human spirit, on display in the rebuilding efforts of the survivors and volunteers who flooded Joplin after the tornado. The Spirit Tree, which became a home for local birds after so many trees were destroyed, has become a symbol of care for the vulnerable and displaced. The duct-taped letters that spell out HopE High School, after the J and lin were ripped from the Joplin sign, represent our commitment to rebuild stronger than ever. And finally the Joplin Memorial Run logo, featuring the flags that line our streets each year with 161 names, honors the loved ones we lost. 

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New Venue in 2021 

We will be hosting at Cunningham Park in Joplin! Gound Zero for the 2011 Joplin Tornado 

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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. 

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 the cut off times.

Race Limit Start Cutoff
Liberty 5k 1.5 hours 6:45 AM 8:15 AM
Freeman Half Marathon and US Bank Relay 4 hours 6:30 AM 10:30 AM
Sparklight 10K 2 hours 6:30 AM 8:30 AM
Sign Designs Kids' Run 25 mins 11:00 AM 11:25 AM



All participants can expect to receive the following amenities

Custom shirt and finisher medal for all races
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 

Kids' Run is untimed. All kids receive a finisher medal 

US Bank Relay (top 3 in each category)

Co-Ed (at least one female member)   All Male      All Female        Corporate Coed Relay 

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.


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 3.8 miles, 5k, 5k, and 5k (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- Only one person from each team needs to go 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. 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 

1st Leg –3.8 miles
2nd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
3rd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
4th Leg – 5km/3.1 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 or 10K /Relay Participation
It is not possible to run the 5k or 10k course and participate in the Relay.​

Exchange Zones and Transportation- all transportation is your responsbility, the race will not be providing transportation to and from relay exchanges in 2021. 

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.  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.

The Exchange:

If you are not making a relay exchange please stay off the race course until your runner is coming. 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.

Relay beginning Leg 1: 3.8 miles : No transportation, begins at start

Relay beginning Leg 2: 3.1 miles (5k)  Murphy/Landreth Park

Relay beginning Leg 3: 3.1 miles (5k) Murphy and 20th Street 

Relay beginning Leg 4: 3.1 miles (5k) 16th and Joplin Street, north bound.


Teams can compete in the following categories.

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

Corporate Coed (representing a business, at least one female, can be employees, family or friends)


What’s Prohibited (noncompliance with the following may result in immediate disqualification)

No Pets and No Dogs with speactators or runners . NO outside alcohol at any JMR events/venues. 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. 


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.

Title Sponsors

  • Freeman Health System


  • US Bank
  • Sparklight
  • Sign Designs
  • Liberty Utilities
  • Zimmer Radio Inc
  • Forest Park Baptist Church
  • chick-fil-a
  • Run Radio.net
  • Great Plains Financial Credit Union
  • Jimmy Johns
  • Leggett and Platt
  • SNC Squared
  • Midwestern Interactive
  • Joplin CVB
  • Globe
  • Homewood Suites
  • Show Me Magazine
  • Missouri Eagle
  • American Family Insurance
  • Fox14
  • Koam
  • Start Mechanical Supply
  • KODE
  • JoMo Moving
  • HomeLight
  • Maningas
  • Crossland Construction
  • Home 2
  • KSN
  • Countryside Storage
  • AMi Radio
  • Mets

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