The Boomtown Days Run was created in 2003 as part of Joplin’s annual Boomtown Days Festival. In 2009 we are changing the event to include a half-marathon along with our traditional 5k. Both courses are USATF-certified. Starting from downtown Joplin, half-marathoners will run on city streets, where you will pass through the cities medical district, several of Joplin’s established neighborhoods, city parks, golf courses, the cities new sports complex and Joplin’s historic Murphysburg area. All runners will be treated to a full spread of goodies at the finish line. Also new this year, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Boomtown Days Kids’ Half Marathon.