Joplin Memorial Run

Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 6:30am

Cunningham Park
Corner of 26th Street and Maiden Lane
Joplin, MO 64804

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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.


5:30-6:30 AM: Late Packet Pickup at Race Site
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

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