Frequently Asked Questions


Frequently Asked Questions


Can I register by mail?
If you do not have access to register online, you may download registration forms and mail in your registration; visit event pages for these forms.  If you register by mail, paper-registration fees apply; paper-registrations cost approximately an additional $5 to $10 more than an online-registration. You may also register at Bass Pro Shops Store; 1935 South Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807.

How do I change the event I registered for?
If you have registered for any of the events in the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival and want to change to a different event, you can do so by filling out the race change form and emailing it to us; visit event pages for the race change form.  No race changes will be allowed within the month prior to a registered event.  There is a $10 non-negotiable race change fee and if you are moving up in distance, or to an event that costs more than the fee you paid for your previous registration, you will also be required to pay the difference in the entry fees; if you are making a race change down in distance or to an event that costs less than the fee you paid for your previous registration, no refund will be given.  

What is the race transfer policy?
Race transfers from one registrant to another are permitted up to a month prior to a registered event. You can process a race transfer by filling out the race transfer form and emailing it to us; visit event pages for the race transfer form. There is a $10 non-negotiable race transfer fee.

What is our cancellation policy?
Entry fees are non-refundable; once we receive and accept the entry, any request for refund will be declined. Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival is a not-for-profit event with all proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Ozark Greenways, and our other partner charities.

What will the weather be like for the race?
The weather in Missouri is unpredictable. The temperature at the start of the Marathon Weekend events and the Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs will generally be in the low 40's Fahrenheit and can climb into the low 60's Fahrenheit by noon.  However, we strongly suggest you be prepared for any kind of weather.

Is the Conservation Marathon a Boston qualifier?
Yes, the Conservation Marathon is run on a certified course and many runners have qualified for the Boston Marathon on our course. Upon completion of our timing files, we send all finisher times to the Boston Marathon for their qualifier files.

What is the course time limit?
The Marathon and Half-Marathon courses will be open approximately seven and one-half hours and one and one-half hour for the 5K. However, this is not a closed course so if you fall behind this schedule, you may continue, but will be asked to move to the sidewalks.

The Dogwood Canyon trail run courses will be open approximately nine hours.

Are your events walker friendly?
Walkers are welcome to participate in all events including the Conservation Marathon and Cohick Half-Marathon. Please be aware that the courses will be open long enough to accommodate any participants moving at a 15:00/mile pace or faster.

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs are also walker friendly.  Our courses will remain open until approximately 5:00 pm; if sunset happens before 5:00 pm, we will pull runners/walkers off the course.

Can I wear headphones on the course?
Safety is our primary concern for our runners; you may wear headphones at your own risk.

Are there any parking locations and restrictions pre and post race?
There is plenty of parking available in front and to the north of the store for Marathon Weekend events and also additional parking on the south side of the store. 

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runners will find parking near the start/finish line of the race.

What type of race day transportation is offered?
Runners and walkers are responsible for their own transportation on race day.  These events offer plenty of parking, so transportation should not be an issue on race morning. 

Some of our local lodging facilities in Springfield offer shuttle service; refer to our website's lodging page for more information.

How many aid stations are offered on the marathon, half-marathon, 5K, and the trail run courses?
There will be water & Powerade at each of the sixteen aid stations on the Marathon Weekend course, as well as at the start line and post-finish area. There are twelve marathon, seven half-marathon, and one 5K aid stations.  In addition to hydration, aid stations will also offer a variety of foods to benefit runners.  Jelly Belly Sport Beans will be available at mile 8 for the half-marathoners and miles 10 and 18 for full-marathoners.

Aid stations for Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs will be located approximately 5 miles apart.  Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, Potatoes, Peanut Butter and other healthy and energy-filled food items will be available on the course.

Warning: Inadequate training and disregard for the importance of taking fluids have resulted in life threatening conditions such as heat stroke, both in experienced and first time runners. It is recommended that all runners take fluids at each of our aid stations.

Are there recommended viewing locations?
Several spectator cheering locations are along the course. These are designated on the course map in your registration packet.  Many local supporters set up locations in front of homes and in their neighborhoods to motivate and cheer on participants.

Dogwood Canyon has several great places to view runners/walkers.  Maps will be provided to spectators on race day to highlight spectator viewing areas.

Are there any post-race medical attention/massage therapy locations?
The Marathon Weekend Sunday events have medical coverage consisting of physicians, EMTs, and athletic trainers stationed at the start, finish, and along the course. The main medical tent is located at the finish line of the Marathon Weekend Events on Sunday and at Dogwood Canyon Weekend both race days, with Mercy Sports Medicine team there to assist you with recovery. There are also approximately 40 massage therapists after the Marathon Weekend runs on Sunday, volunteering their services to help relax and loosen up tight muscles.

What are the awards ceremony times & locations:
Marathon Weekend Awards:

  • 5K- 9:00am; Overall Awards, Age Group Awards Will Be Available For Pick-Up Between 3:00-5:00pm in the White River Conference Center
  • Half- 9:30am; Overall Awards
  • Marathon- 11:30am; Overall Awards
  • Relay- 12:00pm; 1st Place Awards For Each Category and Division

Dogwood Cayon Trail Runs Awards:  Includes 1st, 2nd and 3rd Overall Male and Female Winners and Overall Male and Female Masters Winners

If a participant is unable to pick up their registration packet, can someone else pick it up for them? 
All participants must have a state, government, or federal photo ID in order to pick up their packet.  Spouses can pick up a packet belonging to their significant other with a state, government, or federal photo ID of their partner and also having with them, the same specified ID for themselves.  Parents can pick up packets belonging to their minor children; parent must have the same valid ID with them for themselves that we require of participants in order to pick up packets for said children.  No other persons, except for the individuals stated above, can pick up a packet for someone other themselves; there will be no exceptions made under our packet pickup policy.

What kind of food/drinks are at the finish line? Where is the Marathon Weekend Finish Line?
There will be water, Powerade, Highland Dairy Milk, Qudoba, Incredible Pizza, Einsteins Brothers Bagels and other food and drink for replenishment at the finish line on Sunday for Marathon Weekend. The finish line will be held in the Wonders of Wildlife Learning Facility/White River Conference Center parking lot; 600 West Sunshine Street, Springfield, MO 65807. There will be food and drink provided for participants and vendors; interactive booths and entertainment provided for all to enjoy.

Dogwood Canyon will have lunch provided on Sunday for 25k and 50k participants; visitors and spectators can purchase lunch for $7 the day of the event or participants can purchase extra meal vouchers in-advance during the registration process.  Water, Powerade and other snacks will be available at the 15k finish line for the registered participants on Saturday and the same will be offered in addition to lunch for the registered participants on Sunday at the 25k/50k finish line.

Will portable bathrooms be on the course?
Yes, portable bathroom facilities will be available at the start line, all aid stations, relay exchange points, and at the finish line for the marathon, half-marathon, and marathon-relay.  

There are also bathrooms available at the start and finish lines of the trail runs, cycle-rides, and the children's events.

Will gear-check be available?
Yes, gear-check areas will be available for the marathon, marathon-relay, half-marathon and the trail runs.

Participants will place their gear in a bag that will be provided and identified with their bib #.

Dogwood Canyon Trail Run drop bags can be dropped at the halfway point and will be brought back to the finish line pavilion. These are not checked bags, so please do not put valuables in your drop bags.  The bags will be brought back to the finish line and placed in a specified area for you to retrieve at your convenience.

Are the races hilly?
Our events take place in the Ozarks, which means there will be hills on the courses.  However, all of our Marathon Weekend courses are mostly flat and any hills are mostly considered gently rolling.

The Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs are hilly.  Dogwood Canyon Nature Park has some rough terrain and presents challenging and compelling courses for our trail run participants.

Where and when is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up varies for each event but most packet pick-up locations will take place near the Bass Pro Shop Store, 1935 South Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807 or at the specific event's location.  Please note, there will be no packet pick-up on race day morning for the marathon, marathon-relay and the half-marathon.  Specific packet pick-up information will be posted on each event page as we get closer to our events.

Can I volunteer?
Yes, you can volunteer.  Please email Erin Murray at emurray@bigbro.com for more information.


Official Sponsors

The North Face
Missouri Beef Industry Council
SW Audio Visual
Einstein Bros Bagels
Professional Massage Training Center
Coca Cola, Ozarks Bottling Company
Ferrell-Duncan Clinic

Community Sponsors

Ollis and Company
Big Fish
First Impressions Printing
Hiland Dairy
Buzbee Dental

Media Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
100.5 The Wolf
Springfield Business Journal