Joplin Memorial Run organizers hold course preview, highlight changes
JOPLIN, Mo. – As we approach the ten year mark since the deadly Joplin tornado, some are already planning ahead to commemorate the anniversary.
May 22nd 2021 will mark ten years since the violent EF-5 tornado tore a path through the heart of the city. Different events have marked the anniversary over the years, one of those, the Joplin Memorial Run.
This year, organizers wanted to offer a ‘course preview’ for the upcoming run.
While the run was postponed last year due to the Coronavirus, the course followed the same path it has for nine years. But this year, due to the construction of the new Harry M. Cornell Arts and Entertainment complex, organizers have had to change the starting point of the race to Cunningham Park. Organizer Jenna Henry says “I think a lot of people want to commemorate the anniversary of the tornado and the lives that were lost and the way the city came together afterwards so it’s something a lot of us do to remember the people that died in the tornado ”
There are several stages to the run, the first of which will start at 6:30am at Cunningham Park on Saturday, May 22nd.