For many years, the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series has worked with two Official Community Charities in preparation of our events: Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and The Ozark Greenways. The Ozark Greenways helps manage The Greenways where many of our runners and walkers frequently train, while Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks makes the impossible, possible, by managing most of our event volunteers. These groups are an integral part of the success of our events and their staff are valuable Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series Team Members. Both are beneficiaries of the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series.

Our 2016 Partner National and Community Charities will be running, walking and biking with us to raise money for their charities while also raising awareness of their purpose. We hope you will consider participating on behalf of a charity or making a donation to support their efforts nationally and in our community.


Isabel's House Crisis Nursery of the Ozarks

A crisis can happen to ANY family, and when families are facing a crisis, Isabel's House offers immediate, safe, temporary refuge for children ages birth to 12. Originally a signature project of The Junior League of Springfield to address the ongoing red-flag issue of child abuse in and around Greene County in Missouri, Isabel's House has served over 3,200 children and 1,640 families since opening its doors in 2007.

At Isabel's House, children are loved and parents are supported by an amazing, 24/7/365 team of paid staff, volunteers, and community partners who believe in our mission to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit, our profit, our work is supported annually by the generous donations and fundraising efforts of hundreds of individuals and businesses in and around the Ozarks. When you put all of this together, you get #TeamIsabel- a passionate group of people committed to keeping kids safe and making families strong.

On behalf of the hundreds of families Isabel's House will serve in the coming months, would you answer our call to walk, run, or ride for #TeamIsabel in this year's Bass Pro Fitness festival events? Fundraising for Isabel's House is easy to do, and we'll even give you some tools to help you ask your friends and family to support your race for a cause. Every dollar we raise together makes a difference in the lives of children and families, and we need your support.

For more information about Isabel's House, the services we provide, or how you can get involved, visit us online at


Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri SoleMates Program

Girls on the Run is an innovate health education and wellness program that combines training for a 3.1 mile run/walk event with life-changing, self-esteem enhancing lessons that encourage healthy habits and an active lifestyle in 3rd-8th grade girls. Girls on the Run uses the experience of training for and running a 5K race to show girls that anything is possible. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

SoleMates are a team of both male and female athletes who raise money for Girls on the Run while training for an athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals, such as running a marathon, to raise critically needed funds that ensure we can serve girls in our community. More than half of the girls that participate annually need scholarship support to participate in the program. Being a SoleMate is also a great opportunity to give girls an example of healthy living while providing you, a SoleMate, with motivation to train! By becoming a SoleMate, you are doing much more than achieving your personal fitness goals! You are demonstrating your true commitment to the values we are instilling in girls: celebrating their physical and emotional health and transforming the way they see themselves and their opportunities. Sign up today to be a SoleMate and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a local girl!

For more information on how to register to be a SoleMate, visit our website, and click on the SoleMates link under the Get Involved Tab.

Youth for Christ/USA, Serving the Ozarks

Youth for Christ/USA impacts local communities through 150 chapters and almost 40 affiliates, one of which is YFC/USA, The Ozarks. YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other likeminded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their Godliness in lifestyle, devotion to the Word of God in prayer, passion for the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.

Youth for Christ accomplishes its missions locally through eleven core national ministries that meet teens where they are. Its staff and volunteers can be found with the youth at community centers, high schools, middle schools, juvenile institutions, and coffee shops forming authentic relationships with young people who need Jesus. YFC/USA, The Ozarks currently reaches area youth through YFC's Campus Life ministry with a club in Nixa, MO. Campus Life High School ministry combines healthy relationships with creative programs to help young people make good choices, establish a solid foundation for life, and positively impact their schools.

YFC/USA, The Ozarks is entering its fourth year of ministry and hopes to see significant growth throughout the Ozarks this year. Plans include adding two other YFC ministries: YFC Core and Parent Life, as well as expanding the Campus Life ministry to other high schools. Youth for Christ needs funding, volunteers and community support to make this possible. When you run, bike, or walk on behalf of Youth for Christ, you are helping YFC realize its potential to reach over 2,000 students in this community. Scott Gardner, 417-225-0220;

For more information about Youth for Christ, visit our local Facebook page at or our national website For more information about fundraising, visit

Champion Athletes of the Ozarks

Our Mission is to Build self-esteem, self-confidence and everyday life skills therefore enhancing the lives of children and adults with disabilities through education, sports competition and new opportunities. Champion Athletes of the Ozarks has a focus on wellness and fitness. A large majority of our athletes have poor balance, coordination and muscle tone. Participation in wellness and fitness activities is something we want to work into the everyday lives of our athletes. Running for Champion Athletes of the Ozarks makes you a Champion in the eyes of all the kids and adults with disabilities within this program.

Contact Information: Susan Miles, 417-890-1599;

For more information about Champion Athletes of the Ozarks, visit

Southwest Center for Independent Living

SCIL is a local nonprofit and disability resource center that has been providing services to people with disabilities in southwest Missouri for over 25 years.  SCIL assists people of all ages and all types of disabilities to remain independent in the community and in their own home.  Over half the staff and board also have disabilities themselves, giving them a unique perspective when providing services to others with disabilities.  SCIL provides personal advocacy and systemic advocacy at the government level and in the community and school setting to eliminate discrimination and increase accessibility for all people with disabilities, inclusive social and recreational activities, peer support, youth services, transition assistance out of nursing homes, and personal attendant care in the home. 

For more information about SCIL and the services provided, visit

Options Pregnancy Clinic

Sometimes life gets complicated! Options Pregnancy Clinic exists to help women and families through the difficulty of an unplanned pregnancy. Options Pregnancy Clinic in Branson, Missouri offers a variety of FREE and CONFIDENTIAL services including pregnancy testing and ultrasound. We understand that every woman's pregnancy decision will be life changing; therefore she deserves to know all the facts. Whether in the clinic or in school settings, Options' staff is promoting life affirming decisions regarding pregnancy and sexual health. Other services available are parenting education, male mentoring and nutrition education. Options Pregnancy Clinic is a not for profit organization serving the Taney County area since 1993. Join the Options Race Team and CELEBRATE LIFE with us!

For more information about Options Pregnancy Clinic, visit

American Cancer Society

For over 100 years, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has worked relentlessly to save lives and create a world with less cancer. Together with millions of our supporters worldwide, we help people stay well and get well, find cures, and fight back against cancer.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

For more information about the American Cancer Society, visit


Official Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
Heartland Beverage Co.
Mother's Brewing Company
The North Face
Missouri Beef Industry Council
SW Audio Visual
Einstein Bros Bagels
Coca Cola, Ozarks Bottling Company

Community Sponsors

Ollis/Akers/Arney and Company
Silver Dollar City
Big Fish
First Impressions Printing
Hiland Dairy
Buzbee Dental

Media Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
100.5 The Wolf
Springfield Business Journal