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2016 Joplin Memorial Run

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.

All races will begin in front on Memorial Hall at 8th & Joplin Street in downtown Joplin. Joplin Street is one block directly west of Main Street.


  • TIME
  • 10:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M.
  • eff Galloway’s Running School at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center, Phelps Theatre

  • Noon- 8 P.M.
  • acket Pickup and Runner Expo at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center.

    Kids Run packet pickup is only available at MSSU from noon-3:00 PM

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

  • 5:45 P.M.
  • ids Race Presented by Sign Designs starts from Memorial Hall.

  • 6:15 P.M.
  • re-Race Banquet at Memorial Hall Joplin

  • 7:30 P.M.
  • Walk of Silence through memorial banners on Joplin Street.


  • TIME
  • 4:30 A.M.
  • Early marathon stts. 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

    Full marathon starts

  • 6:45 A.M.
  • 5K starts

  • 10:30 A.M.
  • Half marathon ends

  • 12:30 P.M.
  • arathon ends. Traffic control ends and finish line closes

Kid's Run: The kids one mile run will be held Friday May 20, 2016 at 6 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 runner expo Friday May 20, 2016 at MSSU Beimdiek Student Center from noon-3:30 P.M.. 4:30-5:45 P.M. packet pickup and late registration for kids will be at Memorial Hall (race start/finish). Joplin Memorial Marathon sponsor, Sign Designs, will help the kids make an award after they finish running.

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 20th 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..


Use this link to register today!

Earlier Event: May 7
Freedom of Flight 5k on the Runway
Later Event: June 4
Race 4 Hope 5k