The Conservation Marathon

Date:  Sunday, November 2, 2014
Start Time:  7:00 am
Location:  Bass Pro Shops, Springfield MO

Starting Line: Bass Pro Shops Grand Entrance, 1935 S. Campbell Ave.
Finish Line: White River Conference Center Parking Lot, 600 W. Sunshine St.

The Pacers will be returning for Bass Pro Shops 2014 Marathon Weekend! Meet the team!

The Bass Pro Conservation Marathon is a great race for first-time competitors looking for an event with a great course and first class amenities. Runners and walkers from all around Missouri and the world will participate in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon.

The scenic marathon course starts at the flagship Bass Pro Shop store in Springfield, Missouri. Participants will run on a couple beautiful trails in addition to running through some historic and picturesque residential neighborhoods. Participants will run by Route 66 as they move through the downtown area of Springfield and past Missouri State University.

People run or walk marathons for many reasons including honoring someone special in their lives, meeting personal goals, or striving for personal health and fitness. A marathon is a personal challenge like no other and whether this is your first or your 20th marathon, we want this experience to inspire you just like your efforts inspire others.

Event Documents:

 Packet Pick Up and Marathon Weekend Expo

  • Friday, October 31, 10 AM to 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 1, 10 AM to 5 PM

Packet Pick Up location is at the White River Conference Center, 600 West Sunshine Street.  This is the building on Sunshine Street directly behind the Springfield Bass Pro Shops' store.  This area will also house our 2014 Marathon Weekend Exposition!  There will be over 40 vendors with us for the weekend so plan to take a few minutes to walk through and get some good information.  Native Eyewear, New Balance, Sof Sole Fit, Bondi Band, and Hy-Vee are just some of our past vendors.  For a full list of 2013 vendors, check out our Expo page and keep watch for the 2014 vendor listing.

This year, we are working with many exciting sponsors.  Last year we welcomed the Missouri Department of Conservation to the finish line of Marathon Weekend where they are highlighted their Trees Work Campaign.  Take a few moments to read more about it!

Entry Fees

  Online Fees Paper Registration Fees
 February 5 - February 7  $55  N/A
 February 8 - May 31  $70  $80
June 1 - August 31   $80  $90
 September 1 - October 17  $90  $100
 October 18 - October 29  $100  $110
 October 30 - November 1  N/A  $110

*No online registrations will be accepted after midnight on October 29. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION. Marathon participants must be 18 & older.


Each participant will receive a specially designed New Balance long-sleeve tech tee to commemorate the event. Those who register early will have the greatest success in getting the size they request. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request, but sizes cannot be guaranteed. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed. Late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt. All finishers will receive Bass Pro Conservation Marathon medals.

Cash prizes are all given to the top three male/female finishers as well as the top masters male and female finishers. The prizes are as follows:

First Place $1000
Second Place $500
Third Place $250
First Masters $250

*Winners will not be allowed to exchange awards.

Additionally, age group winners will receive plaques. Runners are not able to win more than one award. If you win an overall award, you will not win an age group award.

Time Limit Rules

The marathon course route re-opens to traffic at a rolling schedule according to a 6.5 hour marathon pace or (15 minutes per mile) beginning 15 minutes after the official race start. The marathon finish line will officially close at 1:30 PM but we will wait for every runner and walker to complete their race before we completely close down.  Every runner and walker will receive finish line amenities and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival staff and volunteers will be on hand to greet every finisher.

With this in mind, remember that we will leave our aid stations open on the second half of the route for our walkers. We encourage all walkers to follow safety standards while on the course. We are glad that you are walking with us and want this experience to be exceptional.


Bag Check

Race day bag check will be available for all races. Place your warm-up clothes in your pack, attach your bag check number and make sure to keep your copy of the number. Watch for posted signs to mark bag check locations. 


Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles on the full and half courses.  Porta Potties will be located near the aid stations.  Water and Powerade will be available at the aid stations.


Medical & Emergency Support Services

Our Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival Medical Director is Dr. Landon Hough, Mercy Sports Medicine physician. Dr. Hough and his team of physicians, athletic trainers and EMS services will provide medical care for our participants.



Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners (OMRR) will be offering a training program for the Maynard Cohick Half Marathon and the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. It is free to all OMRR members (annual membership costs $20.00 for a family). The training will consist of a 16 week schedule with weekend group runs. Group runs will be at AM and OMRR will provide water stops and routes.

More information will be posted as we get closer to the event.  OMRR gives everyone a schedule to follow and a friend with whom to run those long runs!

Contact Chris Revoir at for more information.

  • Training Kick Off Meeting:  TBA
  • Date of first training run:  TBA
  • Time:  TBA
  • Location: Uncle Bucks Auditorium
  • Contact: Chris Revoir,

OMRR will provide water stops and routes with set distances to meet people’s training needs.


Nixa Running Group offers training each week, year round. Their training schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesdays: 4:45 am (5 miles)
  • Wednesdays: 4:45 am (4 miles)
  • Thursdays: 4:45 am (5 miles)
  • Saturdays: 6:00 am (4 miles)
  • Sundays: 5:00 am (long runs)

Mileage is dependant on the event for which we are training.

Nixa Running Group meets at Aldersgate Church in Nixa. The address is 460 West Aldersgate, across from the Wal-Mart SuperCenter. Get Directions


 Run/Walk/Run Method

CoxHealth is sponsoring Jeff Galloway again this year! He will be talking to people about his Run/Walk/Run method of training called the Galloway Method. Jeff will be speaking at the Meyer Center. He will be available for questions after his presentation and people will be able to sign up to use this method of training to prepare for the Conservation Marathon or the Cohick Half Marathon during Bass Pro Shops Marathon Weekend.

Contact Zoe Cofer at 693-0122 or for more information.

  • Date:  TBA
  • Time:  TBA
  • Location: Meyer Center
  • Contact: Nancy Lillich, 417-269-5147,
  • Fee:  TBA

Training runs will take place on Saturdays.

You may register for this training opportunity the night of the kick-off or you may go to and register online.

Contact the Meyer Center at 417-269-3282  for more information!

** If you are reading this after the training programs have started, please feel free to contact the training coordinators about starting late.



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