Registration is still open for the first Amazing Grace five-kilometer and 10-kilometer runs on Saturday in Joplin.
Registration and packet pickup for those who have previously registered will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at Forest Park Baptist Church, Seventh Street and Range Line Road.
Race-day signup will also be available from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturday at Forest Park.
The 5K race will begin at the church at 8:30 a.m. Saturday; the 10K race will begin from the same location at 8:35 a.m. The route will take runners into the heart of Joplin and through the tornado zone and rebuild areas, organizer Tom Rogers said.
Registration fees are $25 for the 5K race and $30 for the 10K for those who sign up by Friday. Those fees will increase to $30 and $35, respectively, on the morning of the race.
Fees include chip timing, a T-shirt (on a first-come, first-served basis), finisher’s medal and a goodie bag.
Awards will be given to the top male and female racers in each age group.
Rogers said the race — the first of what is hoped to become an annual event — was created to serve as a “graduation” race for the 120 individuals who have just completed a Run For God training course that he leads.
But the race has since attracted nearly 500 runners, with some coming from as far away as Kansas City, St. Louis and Tulsa, Okla., he said.
Sponsors include TJ Franz and Associates, the Runaround, Wayside Furniture, Villa Heights Christian Church, Horses of Hope, Pinnacle Bank, Mercy, College Heights Christian Church, Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area, Forest Park Baptist Church, Advocare, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, Run For God, Eberhart Chiropractic, Grantham Photography, the Juno Group, Old School Sound Machine, 36th Street Designs, Beimdiek and Anne Sharp.
Proceeds from the Amazing Grace runs will go toward Crosslines Churches of the Joplin Area, Watered Gardens Gospel Rescue Mission, the LovinGrace home, and God’s Resort.