The 3rd annual Mother Road Marathon will take place on Sunday, October 14, 2012.   At the request of runners, the starting time has been moved to 7:30 am.  Previous years the race began at 8:00 a.m.  Three races will kick off at the same starting time with the full marathon beginning in Commerce OK, the half-marathon beginning at Field of Dreams in Baxter Springs and the 5K race beginning in Joplin, MO.  All three races will end at the athletic sports complex in Joplin, MO.  Registration is still available by going to  “We encourage people to come out and cheer the runners on as they pass through Baxter Springs,” says Vicki Bradley, volunteer coordinator for the marathon.  “ The first marathon runners will arrive at approximately 8:30, so from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. there will be many runners coming thro, would love to see people cheering them on and showing them how friendly Baxter Springs can be!”