Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, December 12, 2020 • Joplin, MO • Course Map

Note: A virtual option is available for this event. Registration details are included below.

Newly renamed as a tribute to the 161 people who lost their lives when the F5 Joplin tornado struck this southwest Missouri city in May 2011, the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, 10K & 5K takes runners of a tour of Joplin.

The race takes runners along a course with plenty of hills and long, steady ascents through the streets of Joplin, Missouri. The race previously was part of this southwestern Missouri town’s annual Boomtown Days festival, which draws an estimated 40,000 attendees each year for live music concerts, fireworks, a car, truck and motorcycle show and more.

The out-and-back loop course for the race starts and finishes at the intersection of West 8th Street and South Joplin Avenue, and starts out by heading south along Joplin through the first mile to the intersection with 19th Street.

Runners turn left on 19th Street and then head north again for another mile before running east along 15th Street for the next mile or so. This section features a gentle uphill stretch that takes runners through Parr Hill Park and Murphy Boulevard Park before heading south (and downhill).

The course then continues west toward Joplin High School, which suffered heavy damage from the tornado — which the school’s principal then described as “total devastation,” comparing to the impact of bombing of cities in World War II.

After that, the course then brings runners onto the residential streets of the neighborhoods west of the high school. There are some rolling hills here and there, but no major changes in elevation through this stretch of the race.

After reaching the start line, runners repeat the course to complete the half marathon. The start and finish line lie within areas of Joplin’s downtown renovated just a few years ago before the tornado struck, beautified with new streetscapes.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the southwestern corner of Missouri, just miles from the borders with Kansas and Oklahoma, Joplin typically experiences cool to cold weather in December, which has brought record temperatures here as low as -15F and as high as 74F.

On race day (Dec. 12), the average low is 28ºF and the average high is 48ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 8:00 AM – half marathon
  • 8:15 AM – 10K
  • 8:30 AM – 5K

Course Time Limit

4 hours


  • $75 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $55 – $60 for the 10K
  • $40 – $45 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Walk of Silence or Kids’ Race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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1 comment… add one
  • Amanda Joe May 8, 2019, 12:48 pm

    I have a volunteer committee here at EaglePicher and we are wanting to get out in the community and help wherever we can. Are you guys needing any volunteers for the Memorial Run this year?

    Thank You,
    Amanda Joe
    HR Representative


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