A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about how runners can help with tornado relief in Joplin, Mo.
Runners registered for the canceled Boomtown Run Half Marathon could instead participate in the Boomtown Run Day of Service to help clean up the city. The race organizers kept registration open for runners who couldn’t come to Joplin, but who wanted to donate an entry fee to help defray the costs of the race and to help relief organizations in Joplin.
Paula Cler, 23, of Villa Grove, read about the Day of Service on the Runners World website.
“My first thought was how cool it was that the runners said, ‘We’re still coming. Give us something to do,’” Cler said. “My next thought was, I can help. I knew I couldn’t be there, but I knew I could do something to help.”
So she entered the Boomtown 5K and paid her entry fee, although she was actually racing a triathlon in Batavia that day.
Cler has run a handful of races for charity, and she does non-running-related volunteer work as well. She said reading about the runners willing to help in Joplin “makes me enjoy the running community all that much more.”