Want to experience the camaraderie and energy of the Joplin Memorial Marathon with family and friends? Enter a team in the 5-person relay. The race has two 3.1 mile legs, two 6.2 mile legs and one 7.5 mile leg (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 5 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 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 only member of your team to cross the Marathon Finish Line, will be the Relay Team member running the last leg of the Relay Race. 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 marathon course.

1st Leg – 10km/6.2 miles
2nd Leg – 5km/3.1 miles
3rd Leg – 12km/7.6 miles
4th Leg – 10km/6.2 miles
5th Leg – 5km/3.1 miles

Team Format

A Relay team consists of 5 members. If you choose, a Relay team can consist of fewer than 5 members (one or more members running more than one leg), but the entire team fee for 5 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.

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

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. The ONLY legs of the Relay that you may run is Leg 1 OR 2 as these are the ONLY legs that will allow you to stay on the Half Marathon course. All other legs of the Relay take you into the Full Marathon course.

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

Exchange Zones and Transportation

Relay Exchange Zones will be marked with a blow-up arch over the road and over timing mats. Each 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.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Relay Leg start #3 at the HighSchool and relay leg start #5 at 26th and Wall will be crossed 2 times due to the course running back down 26th street again. Cross the timing mats EVERY TIME even when not making an exchange. Make sure you know where your handoff is so you aren’t confused when you see a sign for relay exchange that may not be yours. If you are relay leg #3 you’ll be seeing the exchange for #5 in less than a mile, make sure to cross the timing mat and keep going on to relay leg start #4. If you are leg #4 you’ll see relay start leg #3, make sure to keep going until relay leg start #5 for the last handoff.

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: 6.2 miles (10k): No transportation, begins at start

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

Relay beginning Leg 3: 7.6 miles (12k) Shuttles run 6:00 am-9:30 AM to Joplin High School (Between Indiana and Grand around 23rd street)

Relay beginning Leg 4: 6.2 miles (10k) Shuttles run 6:45 am-10:30 AM to Irving School (29th and McClelland Blvd)

Relay beginning Leg 5: 3.1 miles (5k) Shuttles run 7:30 am- 12 PM to Empty Lot (Wall/26th Street)

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 Marathon 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.

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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

Marathon : The Freeman Health System Marathon presented by Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 beginning at Memorial Hall. Late sign up and packet pickup can be done at the Runner Expo Friday May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-8:00 P.M.

5 Person Marathon Relay: The Marathon relay will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 beginning at Memorial Hall. Late sign up and packet pickup can be done at the Runner Expo Friday May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-8:00 P.M.

Full Relay Information

Half Marathon: The Half Marathon will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 beginning at Memorial Hall. Late sign up and packet pickup can be done at the Runner Expo Friday May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-8:00 P.M.

5K: The Empire 5K will be held Saturday May 20, 2017 beginning at Memorial Hall. Late sign up and packet pickup can be done at the Runner Expo Friday May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-8:00 P.M.

Kid’s Run: The Sign Designs Kid’s Run is a one mile run that will be held Friday May 19, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. from Memorial Hall. Running, walking, skipping is all permitted. A parent can run with their child for no cost. Parents will need to use the checkin system (TBA) and sign a waiver. Kids’ late sign up and packet pickup can be done at the Runner Expo Friday May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-3:00 P.M. and at Joplin Memorial Hall from 4:30-5:45 P.M.

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 19, 2017 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.

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Virtual Run: Run the marathon or 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. For those doing the full marathon we’ll also send your trucker hat!

Age Limits

Minimum age for participation in the Marathon is 15 years old, 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.

The early start Marathon is unsupported (traffic, hydration, etc) for the first 2 hours

Race Limit Start Cutoff
5k 1 hour 7:00 AM 7:45 AM
Half 4 hours 6:30 AM 11:30 AM
Full - early start 8 hours 4:30 AM 12:30 PM
Full - regular start 6 hours 6:30 AM 12:30 PM

 

 

 

 

All participants can expect to receive the following amenities

Marathon, Half Marathon, 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 - Marathon, Half Marathon, 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.
Full Marathon virtual runners will also receive the finisher trucker hat. 

Award Categories

Marathon, Half Marathon, 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)

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

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 Marathon is proud to support tornado recovery the last several years through donations to Rebuild Joplin. In addition to the money raised by runners, a sizable donation will be made after the event is complete. Funds from future Joplin Memorial Marathon 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 2015-2017. Proceeds from the 2015-2017 races 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 the fall of 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 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

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 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 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.

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 Beyond 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.

Participation History

YEAR COUNT
2003 115
2004 120
2005 82
2006 118
2007 missing
2008 64
2009 507
2010 929
2011 - Day of Service 340
2012 2960
2013 2310
2014 2145
2015 2804
2016 3160

Anchor

​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

Register online at LocalRaces.com, or in person at Runaround Running and Lifestyle Co., 422 South Main, Joplin.

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Joplin Memorial Marathon Registration fees:

September 1, 2016 to October 31, 2016 at midnight CST
  • Marathon - $80
  • Marathon 5 Person Relay - $190
  • Half Marathon - $60
  • 5k - $30
  • Kids Run - $10

November 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 at midnight CST
  • Marathon - $85
  • Marathon 5 Person Relay - $200
  • Half Marathon - $65
  • 5k - $30
  • Kids Run - $10

January 1, 2017 to March 9, 2017 at midnight CST

  • Marathon - $90
  • Marathon 5 Person Relay - $210
  • Half Marathon - $70
  • 5k - $35
  • Kids Run - $10

March 10, 2017 to April 30, 2017 at midnight CST
  • Marathon - $95
  • Marathon 5 Person Relay - $220
  • Half Marathon - $75
  • 5k - $35
  • Kids Run - $10

May 1, 2017 to May 17, 2017 at midnight CST

  • Marathon - $100
  • Marathon 5 Person Relay - $230
  • Half Marathon - $80
  • 5k - $35
  • Kids Run - $10

    Runner’s Expo and Packet Pickup noon-8 PM Friday, May 19, 2017 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center

    • Marathon - $105
    • Marathon 5 Person Relaly - $240
    • Half Marathon - $85
    • 5k - $40
    • Kids Run - $15

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

    • Marathon - $100
    • Marathon 5 Person Relay - no virtual run option
    • Half Marathon - $80
    • 5k - no virtual run option
    • Kids - no virtual run option

    Congratulations to our 2017 Winners:

    Previous Events

    Searchable Results

    Overall Results Reports

    ​Course Records

    5k

    16:33 by Kyle Rosseau in 2014

    18:50 by Dora Eastin in 2013

    Half

    1:07:10 by James Kirwa in 2010

    1:08:01 by Melissa Todd in 2009

    Full

    2:51:54 by Kevin Zimmerman in 2017

    3:03:07 by Laura Blaylock in 2016

    Relays:

    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

    Feel free to contact us if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

    We have received your message and will get back in touch as soon as possible!

    Volunteer Form

    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 Marathon 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.

    Mike Kersey, Volunteer Director
    Email Mike

    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.

    If you would like to get involved please fill out our volunteer form by clicking the button below!

    Volunteer Form

    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

    The host hotel is sold out as of April 11, 2017!

    Homewood Suites is the 2017 Host Hotel of the Joplin Memorial Marathon.

    Homewood Suites rate for runners is $129 a night (plus tax), but you must book by 5/5/2017

    Click this link to get the special discount pricing
    (make sure to mention Joplin Memorial Marathon 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 2014 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 for third quarter in 2014. 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 1:00 PM. 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 the marathon distances). 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 Marathon 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 Price: $119.00 (plus tax)

    Hilton Garden Inn
    Phone: 417-206-6700 Price: $129.00

    Fairfield Inn
    Phone: 417-624-7800 Price: $114.00

    ​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 NE 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.

    Runner’s Expo

    Participants may pick up packets on Friday, May 19 from 12:00pm to 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
    • Timing chip
    • Race shirt - men’s or women’s cut
    • Race-appropriate car decal
    • Additional swag!

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


     

    Full Course Half Course
    5K Kid’s Run Walk of Silence
    Download Course Map

    Elevation Maps

    5k

    Half Marathon

    Marathon

    On-Course Nutrition

    Energy gels will be available at mile 9 of both the half and full course, and mile 22 of the marathon course.

    Pretzels and oranges will be provided at miles 14 and 19 of the 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.

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    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 19

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

      Kid’s Run packet pickup is only available at MSSU from noon-3:00 PM.

    • 4:30-5:45 P.M.
    • ​Kid’s Run packet pickup and late registration available at Memorial Hall.

    • 6:00 P.M.
    • Sign Designs ​Kid’s Run starts from Memorial Hall.

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

    Saturday, May 20*NO race day registration

    • TIME
    • DETAILS
    • 4:30 A.M.
    • Early Marathon sta​rts. Only for participants who KNOW they will finish in 6+ hours. Those starting early and finishing under 6 hours will be disqualified

    • 6:30 A.M.
    • Half Marathon starts

      Freeman Joplin Memorial Marathon

      Marathon Relay starts

    • 7:00 A.M.
    • Empire 5K starts

    • 10:30 A.M.
    • Half Marathon ends

    • 12:30 P.M.
    • Freeman Joplin Memorial Marathon and Marathon Relay ends. Traffic control ends and finish line closes

    Title Sponsors

    • Freeman Health System
    • JVM

    Sponsors

    • Northwest Arkansas Naturals
    • Great Plains Financial Credit Union
    • YMCA
    • Sign Designs
    • 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
    • Joplin Electric
    • 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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