Registration Opens February 10!

Date: Sunday, November 6
Start Time: 7:15 AM
Starting Line:  Bass Pro Shops, 1935 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807 (Grand Entrance)
Finish Line:  White River Conference Center, 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

The News-Leader 5K (3.1 miles) is great for both runners and walkers who want to have some fun while achieving their fitness goals. This is a great race to do with family members and friends!

It shares the routes of the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon and the Cohick Half Marathon. Participants in the News-Leader 5K will complete their races before most of the half and full marathoners enter this part of the course. The route is mostly flat and takes runners through Springfield on gorgeous paths which are known for displaying beautiful Autumn foliage of the Ozarks during the Fall.

Event Documents:

Entry Fees

 Dates Online Fees Paper Registration Fees
AGES 13 & UP    
February 10-11 $15  -
February 12-July 31 $20 $25
August 1-October 15 $25 $30
October 16-November 2 $30 $35
November 5-6 Online Registration Closed $35
Kids $15  -
Running Buddy (Girls on the Run and Champion Athletes of the Ozarks) $20  -
  • No online registrations will be accepted after 11:59 PM on Wednesday, November 2.
  • Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series has a NO REFUND policy. Refunds will not be given for any reason.
  • Baby strollers are allowed for the 5K. Please see the FAQ's page for further information.



Each participant will receive a New Balance long-sleeve race shirt. 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 can not be guaranteed and late registrants are not guaranteed a race shirt. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed.

Cash prizes are 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 $300
Second Place $150
Third Place $75
First Masters $75

Age group winners will receive awards.

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

Runners under the age of 16 years old are not eligilble for awards. NO EXCEPTIONS.

If you are a high school athlete between the ages of 16-18 years old, you may not be eligible for cash prizes.

Packet Pick-Up Information and Marathon Weekend Exposition

  • Friday, November 4; 10 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 5; 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday, November 6; 6 AM - 6:45 AM

All News-Leader 5K participants must pick up their packets before 6:45 AM on race day.

This area will also house our 2016 Marathon Weekend Expo!  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.  New Balance, Sof Sole Fit, Bondi Band and Hy-Vee are among past vendors at our Marathon Weekend Expo. For a full list of 2016 vendors, go to our Expo Vendor Page.

Aid Stations

There will be one aid station at approximately 2.5K. Water, powerade and other amenities will be available.



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