COMMUNITY

 


Volunteers

Come volunteer with us! The 2016 Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series uses the talents and time of over 1,000 volunteers annually! We also need our community to support the runners and walkers during Marathon Weekend along the routes! All volunteers receive a high quality, specially designed shirt to commemorate their contribution. For more information and to get on our volunteer list, contact Erin Jaeger at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks; (417) 889-9136 / ejaeger@bigbro.com / www.bigbro.com.   

 

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Sponsors

Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series is a series of not-for-profit events benefitting our official and partner charities. Sponsorships make it possible for our charities to receive more funding.

Sponsorship is a great way to promote your business to the approximately 30,000 people that take part in the events of the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series. We're always adding sponsors and seek to work with local, regional, and national businesses, organizations, and corporations that are interested in helping people in a health and wellness prospective. Sponsorship packages are available for every level of interest; if you are interested in learning more about becoming a sponsor with the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series, please contact Melissa Bondy at (417) 873-5354 or mlbondy@basspro.com.

Thank you to our 2015 Sponsors.

Foundation Sponsors:

  • Bass Pro Shops
  • New Balance

Diamond Sponsors:

  • Mercy
  • Toyota
  • Missouri Beef Industry Council
  • Springfield News-Leader

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Mercy Sports Medicine

Gold Sponsors:

  • Ascend
  • Southwest Audio Visual
  • The North Face
  • Mercy Health Systems
  • Heartland Beverage Company

Silver Sponsors:

  • Columbia
  • Einstein's Brother's Bagels
  • Fed Ex
  • Hy-Vee
  • Mother's Brewing Company
  • Ozarks Coca Cola Bottling Co.
  • Professional Massage Training Center
  • Qdoba
  • Springfield-Greene County Parkboard

Gem Sponsors:

  • Big Fish Screen Printing
  • First Impressions Printing
  • Hiland Dairy
  • Silver Dollar City
  • Buzbee Dental

Media Sponsors:

  • Springfield News-Leader
  • KY3
  • 100.5 the WOLF
  • Alice @ 95.5

Community Partners:

  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Inc.
  • Ozark Greenways, Inc.
  • Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners
  • Nixa Running Club
  • Galloway Training Group
  • Ollis & Co.
  • SPARC
  • Springfield-Greene County Parks
  • Springfield-Greene County Public Health
  • Dogwood Canyon Nature Park and Foundation
  • Springfield Police Department
  • Springbike Bicycle Club
  • Office of Emergency Management
  • Ozark Multisport Club
  • Wonders of Wildlife
  • Ultramax Sports

Exposition Vendors

Welcome to our 2016 Vendors:

  • Advocare
  • Bondi-Band
  • DiVentures Scuba & Swim Centers
  • Jamberry
  • SW Dairy Farmers
  • The Body Smith

Thank You to our 2015 Vendors:

  • Advocare
  • Bass Pro Shops
  • Big Time Results
  • Bondi-Band
  • Compressport USA
  • Cox Health
  • DiVentures Scuba & Swim Centers
  • Doc Popcorn
  • DoTerra
  • Genesis Health Clubs
  • Glitter Skirts
  • Grove Spa Sunshine & University Plaza
  • Hogeye Marathon
  • Hospitall Hill
  • Isagenix
  • It Works Global
  • Jamberry
  • Joplin Memorial Marathon
  • Juice Plus
  • Mitchell Chiropractic
  • Momo Bands
  • Nite Beams
  • Novo Nordisk
  • OKC Memorial Marathon
  • Origami Owl
  • Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners
  • Ozark Satin
  • Pinnacle Performance Eyewear
  • Real Time Pain Relief
  • Red Fox Wireless
  • Runner's Feat
  • Runnings Chics
  • Runningluv
  • Saladmaster
  • Sam's Club
  • Seriously Clean Ltd
  • Sof Sole Fit
  • SW Dairy Farmers
  • Springfield Greene County Parkboard
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • The Body Smith
  • Thirty One
  • Ultramax Sports

Local Attractions

Bass Pro Shops-Outdoor World

Welcome to Springfield and the Grandaddy of all Outdoor Stores. We are the original Bass Pro Shops and are located in the heart of Springfield, Missouri at the intersection of Campbell and Sunshine Street. Our store is almost 500,000 square feet in size making us the largest Bass Pro Shops in existence! Our store is dedicated to the beauty of the outdoors with art from local artists and craftsmen prominently displayed on all the walls and ceilings making the store part shopping experience and part art museum visit.

Walking in you will find yourself immersed in a natural looking environment complete with waterfalls, springs and as many live fish as you can count. Here in store we have 7 large fish tanks including a tank holding 2 of the largest Alligator Gar in the world. Our waterfall tank in store is home to all native fish including some large sturgeon! Along with our huge tanks is a particularly special exhibit to our store, the Alligator Pit. Until early this last year our Alligator Pit was home to Big Al the albino alligator. We at the store are happy to say Al has retired to a lovely exhibit in Florida where he has plenty of room to move around and enjoy being a gator. In his place are 6 young female alligators, which seem to be much more active than Big Al.

Along with all the live fish and mounts we have two amazing museums here in the store. Located on our fourth floor are the NRA National Sporting Arms Museum and the Archery Hall of Fame. The NRA National Sporting Arms Museum is dedicated to showing the progression of sporting arms throughout history. The museum also includes a large portion of arms from famous people through history like Jesse James’ revolver and holster or Teddy Roosevelt’s hunting rifle. This museum is connected to the Archery Hall of Fame which takes a historical look at archery throughout the U.S. In the Archery Hall of Fame is the wall of members. On this wall are the likes of Fred Bear and other archers and manufacturers who have changed the sport in their own way. In our collection is the original prototype compound bow and Geronimo’s bow and quiver that he handmade.

In Bass Pro you never know what you will find! Look out for our Fudge and Coffee Shops at the Grand Entrance and by our registers. Or follow the big knife sign in the Hunting Department to our Knife Shop complete with knife sharpening post! If you are in need of a new bow but not sure which one is best let the guys in the Archery Department know and they will let you test one out on our indoor archery range! Maybe your thing is pistol shooting, head down into our Camping Department where you will find our Indoor Handgun Range where you can practice your technique! Right next to our Pistol Range you will find our Rifle Tube. You need a scope sighted in? Let our associates at the Rifle Tube know and they can sight in your scope up to 100 yards! Just across the aisle from the Pistol and Rifle Range is our Gun Smith Shop. Our trained associates can fix almost any problem you might have with your firearm and can give advice and cleaning services for just about any firearm imaginable!

Fish Feeding Shows: Come join us for our fish feeding shows at 10a.m. and 3p.m. in Uncle Bucks Auditorium on our ground floor to watch as our divers feed the fish and give a seminar on native Missouri fish!

NRA National Sporting Arms Museum and Archery Hall of Fame: Come and enjoy the National Sporting Arms Museum and the Archery Hall of Fame here in the Grandaddy store! Located on the fourth floor and open from 10a.m. to 7p.m. these museums are great for all ages!

Springfield, Missouri

Springfield, Missouri offers something to suit everyone's taste. Our selection of chain restaurants is excellent while our locally owned restaurants offer a wide selection of food and atmospheres. Our running trails, Nature and Conservation Center and Lake Springfield Park offer outdoor lovers plenty of opportunity to enjoy fitness opportunities and fantastic adventures here in the beauty of the Ozarks. Our performing arts centers, colleges, art walks and concerts appeal to families and those wanting to experience something locally extrordinary. For a more detailed idea of what is available for your time in Springfield, see below and visit the Springfield Convention and Visitior Bureau website.

Things To Do

Battlefield Mall- More than 12 million visitors each year seek the dynamic & fine shopping environment uniquely offered by Southwest Missouris’ largest shopping center. Spanning over 1.2 million square feet of space and housing over 150 fine stores and restaurants. Battlefield Mall is Southwest Missouri’s most popular retail destination, meeting every style and taste. A plethora of amenities, including, a state of the art children’s play area, 3 beauty salons, continually serve a wide range of shopper delights.

C-Street- The coming of the railroad rapidly transformed Springfield into a thriving metropolitan center. Today, nearly 150 years later, this 6-block registered historic district is booming once again!

Dickerson Park Zoo- Dickerson Park Zoo connects people with animals to create adventures that encourage discovery and inspire conservation action.

Discovery Center- Discovery Center of Springfield is an interactive, hands-on museum committed to inspiring people of all ages with a life-long love of learning and an appreciation for the world and our place in it.

Fantastic Caverns America's Only Ride-Through Cave! Come experience the magnitude, the stillness, and the splendor of Fantastic Caverns while preserving its natural features.  Wise stewardship preserves this natural wonder for your children and grandchildren for decades to come.

Farmer's Park- Farmers Park serves the Ozarks region as a community-oriented center of activity where individuals and families can embrace healthy, happy lifestyles while supporting local farmers and businesses.

Laura Ingalls Wilder Home- Thousands of admirers of Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books have visited the historic Rocky Ridge Farm site each year since 1957. Today, the Missouri Ozark Region is a thriving vacation destination not only for fans of Laura, but for those seeking Midwestern Americana experiences.

Missouri Sports Hall of Fame- The Missouri Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments made by athletes of our past, while inspiring future athletes to succeed. All of our inductees have helped mold Missouri sports to what it is today.

Ozark's Air & Military Museum- Established in 1989, the museum consisted of only one showcase. Growth has been steady and we've acquired over 5,000 pieces of military history. Our projects include attending aircraft shows, restoration of vintage military equipment and Museum School a program of true history and science for young students. Last year over 1500 students took part in this program. We invite you to experience all our Hands On museum has to offer!

Silver Dollar City- Discover America’s past at Silver Dollar City, an 1880s-themed park filled with thrilling attractions, entertaining shows, talented craftsmen, savory food and lively festivals that keep the spirit of America at the forefront.

Springfield Conservation Nature Center- Explore 79 acres of habitat including forest, glade, woodland, prairie plantings, creeks, and frontage on Lake Springfield. Eat a sack lunch in the covered pavilion. Hike nearly three miles of trails; there are six of them varying in length from 0.2 miles to two miles. Some trails are paved and stroller-friendly. View wildlife including deer, turkey, foxes, mink, muskrat, turtles, frogs, insects, and more than 170 species of birds.

Wild Animal Safari- Drive-Thru Animal Park You can choose to take on our Wild Animal Safari from the comfort of your own vehicle or you can choose to take the complimentary bus tour that is led by an Animal Safari tour guide. Wild Animals Wild Animal Safari has over 70 different species, adding up to over 750 Animals!

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is home to one of the finest publicly held museum collections representing the American Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater.

Wilson's Creek National Battlefield- Wilson's Creek National Battlefield is home to one of the finest publicly held museum collections representing the American Civil War in the Trans-Mississippi West Theater.

 

Charities

Official Charities

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks
  • The Ozark Greenways 

Partner Charities

  • American Cancer Society
  • Champion Athletes of the Ozarks
  • Girls on the Run Solemates Program
  • Isabel's House
  • Options Pregnancy Clinic
  • Southwest Center for Independent Living
  • Youth for Christ

Our official charities, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks and The Ozark Greenways, work with us to help Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series events take place. We also work with several other partner charities on a national and community level to help promote health and wellness. Please take some time to read about our charities and make the decision to support them as runners, walkers, bikers, volunteers or donors.

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Official Sponsors

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

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
KY3
Springfield Business Journal