Runners helping in Joplin

Runners helping in Joplin

One of my fellow reporters, Mary Schenk, wrote a cool story for Friday’s paper about some local people who are going to Joplin, Mo., next week to volunteer at the animal shelter there.

They’ll be helping take care of the animals and doing intake on pets that were given up or found wandering after the May 22 tornado that hit Joplin and killed 138 people. They’re taking donations of pet supplies with them.

A reader told me about a way that runners are also helping out in Joplin. The Boomtown Run Half Marathon was scheduled for Saturday, June 11. It’s been canceled because of the devastation in the city.

But race organizers are still taking registrations from runners who’d like to help defray the expenses already incurred for the race through their entry fees. Any proceeds after the race costs are paid will go to tornado relief efforts.

And runners can still show up at the start line in Joplin on race day. There will be a brief memorial service, then runners can help with cleanup in the city by volunteering for the Boomtown Run Day of Service.

If you want to help in this way, go to to register for the race.

And here’s the Runner’s World blog talking about runners helping in Joplin.


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