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 or 10K /Relay Participation
It is not possible to run the 5k or 10k 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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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.

US BANK RELAY RACE INFO

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.

Categories

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. 

Weather 

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.

 

 

 

 

OUR 2021 Charity is TBD

 

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.

 

We always want to remember the reason for this event.

On May 22, 2011 an EF-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 and after: 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 Run 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.

 

​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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New Venue in 2021! Join us at Cunningham Park for our 10 Year Anniversary! 

 

FREE TRAINING PLAN

 

Joplin Memorial Run Registration fees:

 

Kickoff Week Pricing January 26- February 1, 2021

Freeman 13.1- $65

Sparklight 10k- $45

 Liberty 5k- $35

US Bank Relay- $160 (for Team of 4)

Sign Designs Kids' Run- $10

 

February 2-March 9, 2021

 

Freeman 13.1- $75

Sparklight 10k- $50

 Liberty 5k- $40

US BANK Relay- $160 (for Team of 4)

Sign Designs Kids' Run- $10

 

March 10-April 30, 2021

Freeman 13.1- $80

Sparklight 10k- $55

 Liberty 5k- $40

US Bank Relay- $160 (for Team of 4)

Sign Designs Kids' Run- $10

 

May 1- May 20, 2021 Online Registraiton closes at 10 PM on Thursday May 20

Freeman 13.1- $85

Sparklight 10k- $60

 Liberty 5k- $45

US BANK Relay- $175 (for Team of 4)

Sign Designs Kids' Run- $15

 

Packet Pickup 4-7 PM at Cunningham Park 

Freeman 13.1- $90

Sparklight 10k- $65

 Liberty 5k- $50

US Bank Relay- $190 (for Team of 4)

Sign Designs Kids' Run- $15

 

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

Online Registration Closes Tuesday May 18, 11:59 PM 

Freeman Health System Virtual Half Marathon- $85

Sparklight Virtual 10k- $60

Liberty Utilities Virtual 5k- $45

 

 

 


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WE LOVE OUR VOLUNTEERS!

It takes around 700 volunteers to pull off the Joplin Memorial Run race weekend! It's truly a group effort. We have lots of opportunity on Friday and Saturday (May 21 & 22) for individuals and groups, both on the course and off the course. If your business, club, or organization would like to support this event, be sure to let us know! We'll help you find a place to volunteer together.

SIGN UP HERE

Pick the spot that works best for you, and as the event gets closer, we’ll send you more details about your assignment. 

US Bank Packet Pick-Up, Friday, May 21

Freeman Half Marathon Road Crew: Saturday Morning, May 22

Liberty 5K Road Crew: Saturday Morning, May 22

Friday and Saturday Miscellaneous (sign up here if you've been asked to volunteer in a specific spot not listed above)

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 a positive attitude - be enthusiastic!
E – Expect excellence of yourself and JMR 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 your assignment for entire shift​

 

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 2021 Host Hotel of the Joplin Memorial Run. 

Rates starting at $114 a night for a suite!

BOOK HERE FOR HOMEWOOD SUITES 

(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 early
  • Late checkout (if requested)

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.

 

Other Hotels

Rates are per night. 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.

Home 2- $114 a night BOOK HERE

 

 

 

 

Packet Pickup will be Friday from 4-7 PM at Cunningham Park (West 26th & South Maiden Lane) and it's going to be a big party this year! We'll have food trucks and one of our favorite local band, Dance Monkey Dance, wil play live on stage. Feel free to bring the whole family!

 Items included at packet pickup:

  • Racers bib with timing chip on it (disposable after the race)
  • Race shirt 
  • Race-distance car decal
  • Additional swag!

You may pick up the packet of another racer if you bring a picture of their ID. 

Runners' Map 

Includes all courses (5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Relay) plus hydration stops, medical tents, relay exchanges, and more!

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Parking Map

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Cunningham Park will be a brand new venue/start/finish location for us for our 10 Year Anniversary! 

May 22, 2021

 

 

 

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

Friday May 21, 2021

  • TIME
  • DETAILS
  • 4:00- 7:00 PM
  • Packet Pickup at Cunningham Park

    Food Trucks

    Live Band

Saturday, May 22

  • TIME
  • DETAILS
  • 5:30-6:30 AM
  • ​Late Packet Pickup at Cunningham Park

  • 6:30 AM
  • Freeman Half Marathon starts

    US Bank Relay starts

  • 6:30 AM
  • Sparklight 10K starts

  • 6:45 AM
  • Liberty 5K starts

  • 10:30 AM
  • Course Closed for all races

  • 11:00 AM
  • ​Sign Designs Kid’s Run

Title Sponsors

  • Freeman Health System

Sponsors

  • 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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