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Joplin City Council Votes to Drop Mother Road Marathon

JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin City Council members make the decision to discontinue the Mother Road Marathon. The decision was made because the marathon lost the City of Joplin revenue.
JOPLIN, Mo. -- Joplin City Council members make the decision to discontinue the Mother Road Marathon. The decision was made because the marathon lost the City of Joplin revenue.

According to marathon organizers, the City lost more than $34,000 in the most recent marathon.

The director of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau tried to convince the council Monday to keep the Mother Road Marathon for another year. He says it's important to this region because it's the only marathon on Historic Route 66 that spans three states-- Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

"I think time would have turned things around, but it was a matter of losing so much money. Part of the money we did spend every year was on infrastructure, so we do have some things we will pass on to other events in the area to use, so it's not going to waste," said Patrick Tuttle, Director of the Joplin Convention and Visitors Bureau.

"I really think there's somebody out there that's going to be able to grasp a hold of it and revitalize it, and take it where it needs to be," said Melodee Colbert-Kean, Joplin Mayor.

Next year would have been the fourth year for the Mother Road Marathon. The city hopes to develop a plan to bring the marathon back to Joplin. One idea discussed was allowing a running organization to take over the event.


(story contributed by KODE/KSN, Joplin)

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