May The Forest Be With You 5k & Fun Run

Saturday October 3rd, 2020

Joplin, MO

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Joplin Parks and Recreation, along with Liberty Utilities, proudly presents the May the Forest Be With You 5k & Fun Run. 

Enjoy a morning run through Wildcat and McIndoe Parks, and participate in a free family fun-run through Wildcat Park. Afterwards, stick around for the Annual Arbor Day Celebration. The event includes live music, food trucks, games, educational booths and demonstrations, and a plant sale. 

5k Information

  • Registrations received by September 18, 2020, will guarantee a t-shirt. 

  • Packet Pickup:

    • Friday, October 2

      • Location

        • Joplin Parks & Recreation Administration Offices

        • 3301 W. 1st Street, Joplin

      • Time
        • 10am - 7pm

    • Saturday, October 3

      • Location
        • Wildcat Park near the start/finish line

      • Time
        • 8am - 8:30am

  • Race Check-In
    • Race check-in and starting point will be the lower section of Wildcat Park, next to Shoal Creek. 

  • 5k Runners will receive: 

    • Official men's women's cut race shirt

    • Finisher Medal

    • 3-gallon tree, courtesy of Liberty Utilities

    • Timed Results

  • 5k Awards:
    • 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place medals to male and female finishers in the following age categories: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ 

  • T-shirts:
    • T-shirts are guaranteed for every registration prior to September 18th. After September 18th, shirts will be given on a first come, first serve basis.

Padawan Fun Run Information

  • Open to everyone!

  • Run or walk the looped trail that runs through Wildcat Park

  • First 100 registered kids will receive a participation medal

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult

This event is brought to you by Joplin Parks and Recreation, Liberty Utilities, Missouri Department of Conservation, Wildcat Glades Friends Group, and the City of Joplin Tree Board.

Race Distances

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Places to Stay

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Start Location

Wildcat Park - 201 W. Riviera Drive, Joplin, MO

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