The organization uses the money to help low income families get a membership and pay for "Y" programs like child care. Runners say they're happy to be able to help the community while doing what they love.
"I feel great to help people and that's something I try to do all the time. That's probably one of the most important things we can do for other people, is try to make a difference everyday," says Brian Smith, Runner.
The Joplin "Y" helps thousand of families annually through fundraisers like the Chilly 5k.