(JOPLIN, MO) - The Joplin Memorial Run will raise thousands of dollars. With more than 2,000 runners. “This is one of the biggest community events in Joplin of the year,” Bob Brown of the Joplin Memorial Run recently told Shelby Bates on KSN's Living Well.
“This year we're sending our money to the Joplin Humane Society. Our pets are part of our family.”
The 2019 Joplin Memorial Run Weekend kicked off Friday evening at 6:00 PM at Memorial Hall with the kids fun run.
“Then at 7:00 is our memorial service and that's why we have the run, the 161 banners are already presented and [people] can walk down through those...”
Joplin Memorial Run Walk of Silence, many sharing special moments along the route with the banners of their loved ones. #joplinnewsfirst says thank you for sharing with us. The light here is so poignant, moving. https://t.co/Ov1903z4pG pic.twitter.com/BHSPPj6Lv4— Joplin News First (@JoplinNewsFirst) May 18, 2019
Little known fact though that the Joplin Memorial run began long before the 161 people died in the tornado in 2011.
“Initially it used to be the Boomtown Run, and then in 2011 we had the tornado. And we didn't have the run but we had so many runners sign up. So the runners came from around the country and came to help and clean up in 2011.”
“And then in 2012 they came and it was the Joplin Memorial Run.”
Saturday if the weather cooperates here is the schedule and the headquarters will be at Joplin's Memorial Hall for the center of the run headquarters.
Half Marathon Relay
10K *NEW* [6.1 miles]
It should all be wrapped up by 11:00 or 11:30.
Some of my dearest friends I’ve made since the storm. This was an unplanned pic. I never met Zach. This evening is a lot of emotions for those of us who lived through the storm. It always will be. Thank you to everyone who work tirelessly every year to honor their memory. #joplinmemorialrun #ksnlocalnews #kodenews #walkofsilence #joplinnewsfirst