We’ve got exciting news! Registration for the 7th Annual Molly’s Miles opens Saturday, Oct. 15th! To celebrate, we’re kicking it off at Fleet Feet Columbia, our new 2023 title sponsor, with a unique opportunity – the first ever Molly’s MILE. Everyone is encouraged to come out, get registered for the official Molly’s Miles in April, and participate in a voluntary, FREE one-mile course from Fleet Feet Columbia to the Molly Bowden Memorial Park. This event is separate from our 5K/10K and Virtual Run, and is a great opportunity for participants of all ages to support the survivors of fallen law enforcement officers and honor the memory of Columbia Police Officer Molly Bowden.
Join us Saturday, Oct. 15 starting at 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. at Fleet Feet Columbia, located at 10 W. Nifong Blvd. Ste 113, for healthy fun for the whole family! An exclusive discount and free Molly’s MILE t-shirt* will be available on-site for those who register for April’s event, and Molly’s Miles merchandise will be available for purchase. See you there!
*While supplies last. Sizes are limited.
We are excited to announce dates for the Packet Pick-Up Drive-Thru! Reserve your time today for either Friday, May 15 from 3-7 p.m. or Saturday, May 16 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
It's been a long time coming and we are eager to see each of you soon. We are incredibly grateful for our partners and sponsors who are helping make this two-day event possible during National Police Week. As always, your safety is our first priority; with such, this event will be a drive-thru only. Participants will need to remain in their vehicles and Molly's Miles committee members will bring your items to you. Additionally, all committee members volunteering on-site will be following the recommended guidelines as laid out by the CDC and City of Columbia. Further details related to the event are listed below:
How do I reserve a time to pick-up my packet?
It's important to note that RESERVATION IS REQUIRED to pick-up your packet(s). Participants will choose a 30-minute window in which they plan to arrive on Friday or Saturday, respectively. We are limiting reservations per slot, so be sure to reserve early! You can reserve your spot using the link below. Be sure to include ALL the names of people you will be picking up for. You are permitted to pick-up for other people.
When and where will packet pick-up be held? Participants have two packet pick-up options:
Can I pick-up packets for other people?
Yes. You must have all names you plan to pick-up for listed on your reservation.
How will it work?
Participants are required to make a reservation for the 30-minute window they plan to arrive in. Participants will then drive to the location they chose at the time they chose in their reservation. Molly's Miles committee members will be on-site directing traffic in and out of the venues. Participants will drive-up and provide the name the reservation was made with. The Molly's Miles committee member will grab the bundle of packets associated to the name provided and pass it off to the driver/passenger without anyone having to get out of the vehicle. Your packets will include: participant shirt, finisher medal, coupons and other goodies from our sponsors all packaged nicely in a beautiful sling bag complimentary of Boone Hospital Center.
What CDC and City of Columbia guidelines will be followed by packet pick-up volunteers?
All volunteers will be Molly's Miles committee members. These volunteers will be limited to 10 on-site at a time and will work to operate at the suggested six-feet distance from each other. Volunteers will be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer in between each packet delivery.
Will my items be mailed if I can't make it either day?
No. As a charity we want to maximize proceeds to Missouri Concerns of Police Survivors. On average, the cost to mail shirts and medals exceed $10/package and is not a item built in to the initial registration cost. COVID-19 has also had an effect on the proceeds for the event this year given the on-site event was cancelled. We encourage participants to connect with friends or family who may be able to pick-up their packet(s) for them. Participants with questions or concerns about this can email us at MollysMiles5K@gmail.com.
As a final note, we want to extend our gratitude to Stadium Grill and Boone Hospital Center for making these two days possible. We hope you'll consider supporting these great sponsors as it is because of them and our team of partners and sponsors that we can gather in such an extraordinary way each year. Speaking of each year - mark your calendar for our 5 YEAR ANNIVERSARY EVENT: Saturday, April 24, 2021! We can't wait to celebrate with you in traditional fashion once again (and maybe with a few extra surprises). It's going to be great! In the meantime, if you have any questions, please email MollysMiles5K@gmail.com.
See you soon!
-Molly's Miles Board
Click image above to make your reservation for a packet pick-up time.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2020
Molly’s Miles cancels on-site event, transfers to Virtual Race
COLUMBIA, MO – The Molly’s Miles Board has been closely following events and public health recommendations surrounding the outbreak and spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The welfare of our Molly’s Miles community is always our top priority. Due to the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation, the Molly’s Miles on-site event, scheduled for Saturday, April 4, has been cancelled and transferred to a Virtual Race.
This is a challenging time for our communities and nation, and the cancellation of the on-site event is disappointing news to many. Several proactive measures to help cease the spread of COVID-19 at the local and state level, such as social distancing and restrictions on large scale events, has led the Molly’s Miles Board to this decision.
“We are a family and family takes care of one another,” says Buddy Anliker, President of Molly’s Miles.
“We want to ensure we can provide the type of event our Molly’s Miles family has come to expect where the health, safety, and well-being of our participants, volunteers, partners and spectators is our main concern. We will do our best to achieve this through the Virtual Race this year and look forward to another on-site event in 2021.”
All registered participants for the 5K or 10K will automatically be transferred to the Virtual Race, and will still receive the respective shirt, medal, and goody bag at a packet pick-up to be determined. Those who originally registered for the Virtual Run will still only receive the finisher medal. Proceeds of the Virtual Race will continue to benefit the Missouri Chapter of Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
All packet pick-ups previously scheduled are also cancelled. A new date will be established and released in the coming weeks after the protection of public health can be confidently assured. Questions related to this major event change can be directed to MollysMiles5K@gmail.com.
Although this pandemic has necessitated changes in the way we interact, it does not change what we do. Molly’s Miles is built on love, compassion, and honor. These elements are certainly needed today and in the coming months, and we implore you to take care of yourselves and each other.
CONTACT: Buddy Anliker or Bryana Larimer, MollysMiles5K@gmail.com
Molly’s Miles Virtual Race is presented by Simmons Bank.