History

The Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series, originally called the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival, began in 2007 when several community running events needed new leadership.  These events had been part of the Springfield community for years and were highly valued by our local running groups. There was a natural fit for them under the Bass Pro Shops umbrella as we worked with another 5K/10K that was focused on the conservation and development of our local greenways.

Over the years, we have added more events and increased opportunities for local, regional, national and international participation.  In addition to our Marathon Weekend events, we offer a wellbeing conference, two day expo, trail runs, a three-part running/walking series for children, cycling events, training runs, education about health, fitness and wellbeing and much more.  While our scope of offerings has widened, our focus on helping people achieve their goals remains the same.