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Stockton, MO - The Nut Run was held Saturday, September 29, 2012 on the Stockton Square benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The event was sponsored by Hammons Products Co., which also provided each participant with a packet of Hammons Black and Gold Blend of Dark Chocolate and Caramelized Black Walnuts (which were delicious!).  Following the race, Stockton held it's 52nd Annual Black Walnut Festival about a block from the finish line.  The festival had crafts, rides, beverages, BBQ, funnel cakes, fudge, ice cream, plus much more.

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Springfield, MO - The 1st Annual MSU ADA Toga 5K was held Saturday, September 22, 2012 on the MSU Campus, benefiting the American Diabetes Association.  Participants ran all over the MSU Campus, some in Togas, in support of the American Diabetes Association.  After the 5K event, participants headed over to the tailgate party at Bearfest Village for food, beverages, games, and much more.  It was Military appreciation day at the MSU Bears football game, at Bearfest Village there was a military helicopter and jeep on display for kids and adults to explore.  Also, several military units were there grilling hot dogs and hamburgers free of charge!!  Bearfest ended at the start of the MSU football game, Bears vs. Southern Illinois.  Although the Bears played a good game, they were defeated 14-6 by Southern Illinois.

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Joplin, MO - The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run was held Saturday, September 8, 2012 across the nation, in efforts to honor the fallen by challenging the living! Joplin, MO was selected to host the 9/11 Heroes Run with proceeds donated directly to the City of Joplin Police Department and the Travis Manion Foundation which is a non-profit organization that directly supports veterans, their families, and families of fallen service members. They do this by providing emergency assistance, scholarships, and other direct financial support when a family or veteran is in need; however, they've found the greatest impact and positive change occurs when the military community is challenged to continue to serve.

The Military rose to the the challenge with newly enlisted and veterans participating in the race.  Spectators and participants cheered on the Army, Marines, Navy and Joplin's ROTC as they crossed through the finishline. 

nami logoSpringfield, MO - NAMI Illuminating the Darkness 5K was held Friday, August 24, 2012 at the Forest Institute in Springfield, MO.  Since its inception, the "5K Illuminate the Darkness Suicide Prevention Run" presented by NAMI Southwest Missouri has aggressively sought to raise the awareness of attempts and completed suicides in our community.  Evidence shows that 7-10 individuals are immediately impacted by the death of a loved one, friend, neighbor, and/or co-worker when an individual completes an act of "suicide".  The rate for Missouri is 13 suicides per 100,000 capita while the Greene County rate was 16/100,000 - an unacceptable rate.  Participants who ran in this race, helped to support the training that may help a family member, friend, neighbor, and/or co-worker move from an act of despair to one of hopefulness.

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Springfield, MO -  Over two hundred runners and walkers turned out for The Price Cutter Charity Championship Home Run 5K/10K and 1 Mile Fun Run with Habitat for Humanity Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. 

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Joplin, MO – On Saturday, August 11, 2012, the Blue Moon 5K/10K & 1 Mile Fun Run was held at Frisco Greenway South Trailhead, ending the Starlit Running's Nighttime Summer race series with record breaking numbers and Blue Moon beer.  Each participant who completed all three races received a large custom medal as soon as they crossed the finishline. 

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Joplin, MO - A MidSummer Night's 5K, 10K & 1 Mile Fun Run was held Saturday evening July, 14, 2012 at the Frisco Greenway South Trailhead in Joplin, MO, benefiting families/individuals affected by cancer.  There were over 300 participants, making this event a great success!