Ready, set, run, those will be the words I will hear this Saturday, as I will participate in the Joplin Memorial Run's 5k.

Ready, set, run, those will be the words I will hear this Saturday, as I will participate in the Joplin Memorial Run's 5k.
As some of you know, last year, Tina started doing 5ks, shortly after that, I did the Dogwood Run, then eventually the Joplin Memorial Run, a run in Galena, Kan., and a couple of other ones.
I enjoy running, but it has been years since I ran. I was in junior high at Triway School in Stella. I don’t know how many track meets I competed in, but I can tell you this, I never quit, I always completed the race. I never placed back then or even got a medal.
Maybe it is a new outlook, but these 5ks are becoming more and more common. A couple of weeks ago, I ran in the Freedom on the Runway at the Joplin Airport. Now, it was a flat course, but let me tell you, I think that I was out of shape. I completed it at 42 minutes and a few seconds, not my best time, but I did finish second in my age group.
The 5ks that I participate in, I try to have them mean something for me.
For Saturday's race, I lived in Joplin for almost 10 years. The tornado also went close by my old house, destroyed the apartment that I once lived in and even destroyed my wife's son's home. So this race is personal. When Tina and I finished the race last year there, there were tears in our eyes, we - along with others - remarked that this race for those who lost everything and for those who even lost loved ones.
So, as I am lacing up my running shoes, I will be heading to the race. If you have an opportunity, cheers these runners on whether it is at Saturday's race or any other race, we surly do appreciate it.
    




Todd G. Higdon is the managing editor and writes a weekly column. He can be reached at thigdon@ neoshodailynews.com.