Registration Opens February 7!

Date: Sunday, November 4
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 Fitness Series 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 Fitness Series 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 - Bass Pro Shops has a No Refund policy

 Dates Online Fees Paper Registration Fees
AGES 13 & UP    
February 7 -July 31 $20  -
August 1 - September 30 $25 $25
October 1 - October 31 $30 $30
  $35 $35
November 2 - 3 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 1.
  • 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 2; 1 PM - 7 PM
  • Saturday, November 3; 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Sunday, November 4; 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 2018 Marathon Weekend Expo!  There will be over 50 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 2018 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

Diamond Sponsors

Missouri Beef Industry Council

Platinum Sponsors

Mercy Sports Medicine
The North Face

Gold Sponsors

Heart of America Beverage Company
Southwest Audio Visual

Silver Sponsors

Einsteins Bros Bagels
Incredible Pizza
Mother's Brewing Company

Gem Sponsors

Big Fish Screenprinting
CoxHealth Meyer Center
First Impressions Printing
Hiland Dairy
Silver Dollar City

Media Sponsors

Springfield News-Leader
100.5 The Wolf
Alice 95.5