Frequently Asked Questions

Can I register by mail?
If you cannot register online, you may contact us at fitness@basspro.com or call us at 417-873-5214 for other registration means. This will cost an additional $10.

Are your race courses closed to traffic?
Marathon Weekend (Cohick Half Marathon, Conservation Marathon, Relay and News-Leader 5K) events do not offer closed courses, but there will be 40 – 50 police officers directing traffic in some places along the routes.

Run the Rock is a closed course to all traffic except the for the shuttles onsite.

How do I change the event for which I registered?
If you need to change your personal information or change races, visit the individual event page for the ImAthlete edit registration link or select the event in the next question. Time Limits apply for race changes per event. There is a time limit for these changes which vary from event to event. There is a $10 non-negotiable race change fee; 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. 

How can I edit my race registration? Click your event.
Paint the Run    Polar Bear Run    Run the Rock   Tour De Bass   Zombie Run    Marathon Weekend    Dogwood Canyon

How can I check if I'm registered? Click your event.
Paint the Run    Polar Bear Run   Run the Rock    Tour De Bass    Zombie Run    Marathon Weekend    Dogwood Canyon

Can I sell or give my entry to another participant without officially transferring through the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series?
No. While this practice may seem harmless, it can result in serious consequences to both parties involved. Why? Your race bib is attached to your identity. If an emergency occurs that requires medical attention or a race official must identify a participant, we need to have accurate information.

What is the race transfer policy?
Race transfers from one registrant to another are permitted within a certain time frame, based on event. There is a $10 non-negotiable race transfer fee payable at the time of the transfer. Transfers must be completed through race staff. Please contact us at fitness@basspro.com for more information.

What is our refund policy?
ENTRY FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. No exceptions. All proceeds from the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series events are donated to our local charities.

What is our registration deferral policy?
We do not defer race registrations from year to year.

Can I run/walk with my dog?
We do not allow dogs on our course for the safety of both runners and dogs.

Are headphones (IPods, MP3 players, etc.) allowed on the course?
Safety reasons are why we prefer that people refrain from the use of headphones. However, the use of these devices is allowed at your own risk. If you make a decision to use headphones, please keep the volume at a low level so you can hear special instructions from course officials or emergency vehicles.

May I volunteer?
Yes, you may!  We would love to have you, your family and your friends to work with us.  You can sign up on our Community and Volunteer page on our website for any of our events: https://fitness.basspro.com/community_involvement/volunteer_opportunities.html

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 has historically been in the low 40's and can climb into the low 60's by noon. However, we strongly suggest you be prepared for any kind of weather.   Temperatures for the Tour De Bass start in the 50's and vary at the start, ranging from the 60’s to the 70’s.

Is the Conservation Marathon a Boston qualifier?
The Conservation Marathon is certified by USTAF and many of our runners qualify for the Boston Marathon. Upon confirmation of our timing files, we send all finisher times to the Boston Marathon staff.

What is the course time limit for each event?
Run the Rock has a time limit of 1.5 hours. All remaining runners will be picked up 8:30am.

Tour De Bass riders will be sagged in at dusk – between 5 and 5:30pm.Cohick Half Marathon, Conservation Marathon & Relay courses are open for approximately 6.5 hours. This is

NOT A CLOSED COURSE so if your pace is over a 15 minute mile, you may continue but will be asked to move to the sidewalks and follow all traffic laws.

News-Leader 5K has a 2 hour time limit, but the finish line will remain open until 3 pm.

Dogwood Canyon 15K has a 3 hour time limit.

Dogwood Canyon 25K/50K is open approximately 9 hours; all runners on the course at dusk will be sagged to the finish line.

What Fitness Series events is walker friendly?
Walkers are welcome to participate in all Marathon Weekend events. Courses will be open long enough to accommodate participants moving at a 15:00/mile pace or faster. The finish line will stay open for the last runner/walker to finish, but after 1:30pm, all remaining participants must abide by traffic laws and move to the sidewalk.

Walkers are also welcome at Dogwood Canyon as long as they complete their event within the appropriate time limits.

When should I expect our race photos to be posted?
Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series offers FREE race photos for all our events. Since we take between 15,000 – 30,000 photos, it will take us at least a week to process all of them. Please be patient. We will send out the links to the photos in an email as well as post them on Facebook and our website when we are finished. Photo links will be sent via email. We will also post these links on our Fitness Series Facebook page along with our Fitness Series website fitness.basspro.com

Are strollers allowed on the course during the race?
Strollers are only allowed on the 5K course during Marathon Weekend. If you chose to run/walk with a stroller, you must start at the back of the 5K group. It is your responsibility to make sure your stroller does not impede other runners and you must take extra precaution to ensure your safety, your child's safety and the safety of the runners around you. The Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series reserves the right to pull any participant from the race who is endangering other runners or themselves. Please make sure you register your stroller for liability and safety reasons.

Strollers are not allowed on any of our Rock4Kids running event courses: Paint the Run, Polar Bear Run & Zombie Run. These cross country routes for our kid’s events make using a stroller unsafe.

Are there any parking locations and restrictions pre and post-race?
Run the Rock will have designated parking directed by volunteers.

Dogwood staff will direct parking; parking is located near the start/finish line.

Marathon Weekend offers plenty of parking around the start/finish line areas. Please note the parking map on the Marathon Weekend event pages.

What type of race day transportation is offered?
Runners and walkers are responsible for their own transportation on race day. Some of our local lodging facilities offer shuttle service. Please refer to the Lodging page for more information.

How many aid stations are offered on the Run the Rock, Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs, Conservation Marathon, Cohick Half Marathon and 5K courses? What can I expect at an aid station?
Run the Rock offers two aid stations – at approximately mile 2 and mile 4. Water, Powerade and Jelly Bell Sport Beans will be at the aid stations.

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs aid stations are 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.

Marathon Weekend will provide water & Powerade at each of the 20 aid stations on the course, as well as at the post-finish area. There are approximately 12 on the marathon, 7 on the half-marathon, and 1 on the 5K. In addition to hydration, aid stations will also offer a variety of foods to benefit runners like Jelly Belly Sport Beans, pretzels, peanut butter, M&M’s and chocolate covered coffee beans.

Warning: Inadequate training and disregard for the importance of hydration 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 aid stations.

Are there recommended viewing locations?
Run the Rock will have a spectator viewing location at the finish line. (Please note spectators are not allowed on the Run the Rock course).

Dogwood Canyon has several great places to view runners/walkers. Please ask race staff for directions.

Marathon Weekend will offer several spectator cheering locations along the course. These are designated on the course map on our website as well as in the Expo.  Many local supporters set up locations in front of homes and in their neighborhoods to motivate and support on participants.

Are there any post-race medical attention/massage therapy locations?
Run the Rock – Mercy medical team members will be onsite.

Tour De Bass – Mercy medical team members will be onsite.

Marathon Weekend events will have medical coverage consisting of Mercy physicians, EMTs and athletic trainers stationed at the start, finish and along the course. The main medical tent is located at the finish line. There are also massage therapists onsite after you have completed your event. Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture will be onsite helping finishers roll, stretch and recover from their run/walk. The Loehr Chiropractic team and the massage therapists are located inside the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center (White River Conference Center.)

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs will have a Mercy Sports Medicine team onsite to assist with recovery on Saturday and Sunday. The Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture team will also be available to help finishers roll, stretch and recover from their run/walk. Both located at the finish line.

What are the awards ceremony times & locations? *Note that all times are approximate.
Run the Rock – 8:15 AM, finish line.

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs:  15K- 9 AM, finish line area; 25K- 10:30 AM, finish line area; 50K- 1:00, finish line area

Marathon Weekend: We will only announce the Overall and Masters Awards for both men and women for each event. All other age group awards can be picked up throughout the day, ending at 2pm. Awards will be available in the Sportsmen’s Lodge in the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center.

5K – 8:30 AM

Half – 9:45 AM

Marathon – 11:30 AM

Relay – 12:00 PM: 1st Place Awards for each Category and Division

What is required to pick up my packet?
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 a permission slip providing consent from the spouse or partner.  Parents can pick up packets belonging to their minor children. Parents 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. This policy is for all Fitness Series Events.

*Sold out events require personal packet pickup only.

What kind of food/drinks are at the finish line for each event?

Run the Rock – bananas, crackers, granola bars, fruit, etc.

Tour De Bass – Lunch is provided for the 100, 62, 48 and 28. Visitors and spectators can purchase lunch for $7 the day of the event (limited # available) or participants can purchase extra meal vouchers during the registration process.

Dogwood Canyon 25K/50K – Water, Powerade, yogurt, fruit and lunch will be available on Sunday for registered participants only. Visitors and spectators can purchase lunch for $7 the day of the event (limited # available) or participants can purchase extra meal vouchers during the registration process.

Dogwood Canyon 15K – Water, Powerade, yogurt, oatmeal, fruit and other finish line food will be available on Saturday for registered participants only.

Marathon Weekend – Water, Powerade, Highland Dairy, Mexican Villa, Incredible Pizza, Einstein’s Brothers Bagels and other food and drink for replenishment at the finish line on Sunday.  

Will portable bathrooms be on the course?
Yes, marathon weekend races will have portable bathroom facilities at the start line, all aid stations, and relay exchange points. There are also bathrooms available at the start and finish lines of Run the Rock, Tour De Bass, Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs and the children's events.

Will gear-check be available?
Yes, gear check areas will be available for all the events except Run the Rock. Clear bags are provided for this purpose. Participants will place their gear in a bag that will be provided and identified with their bib #. Please do not put valuables in your gear check bags.

What is the difference between Gear Check and Gear/ Bag Drop?
Gear check is when you leave clothing in a bag at the start/finish line for when you finish the event. Gear Drop is only for the Dogwood Canyon 50K Trail Runners. These bags will be dropped off at the halfway point where the 50K runners can change clothing /socks /shoes or refuel. After the runner passes through the halfway point, the bags will be brought back to the finish line pavilion. Please make sure your bag has your name, phone number and bib # as identification.

Are the races hilly?
Our events take place in the Ozarks, which means there will be hills in our events. The Run the Rock course is extremely hilly and is recommended for more experienced runners. The Tour De Bass has long, gradual hills as well as steep hills. The Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs are hilly and on rough terrain. All of our Marathon Weekend courses are mostly flat with a few gently rolling hills.

Where and when is packet pick-up?
Packet pick-up varies for each event but most packet pick-up locations will take place at Bass Pro Shops, 1935 S. Campbell, Springfield, MO 65807. Dogwood Canyon and Marathon weekend packet pickup will take place in the White River Conference Center/John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center located 600 West Sunshine, Springfield, Missouri. All other packet pickups will be at the specific event locations. Please note that 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.

When is the Sunday morning worship service and where is it located during Marathon Weekend?
Held on marathon morning, this non-denominational worship service starts at 6:15 AM and will take place in the Sportsman's Lodge on the day of the event.

When will the Bass Pro Shops store open on Sunday during Marathon Weekend?
The store will partially open at 6 AM for the runners. The restrooms and the snack shop will be closed until the store opens at 8AM. Coffee will also be served in the John A and Genny Morris Conservation Center directly after the start of the events.  This coffee is free to all participants and spectators.

Is there anything for my family to do while I am participating in the Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs?
Family members are friends support Dogwood runners may walk the paved areas of the park while waiting for their participant. There are fees for equipment use (bikes, segways, etc.) Please visit the Dogwood Canyon website for more information! http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org/Page/Adventures.aspx

Do finishers in all Fitness Series events receive medals?
Medals are provided to finishers for all events, except Tour De Bass. This does include the 5K, the Run Across Springfield and the Run Across Missouri events.

What is the closest hotel to the Start/Finish line?
The Anglers Inn on Sunshine Street is the closest hotel to the start/finish lines 621 W Sunshine St, Springfield, MO 65807. The Courtyard by Marriott is also close to the start and finish line: 3527 West Kearney, Springfield, MO 65803.

If I am running the half or full and cannot make it to the expo to pick up my packet, what should I do?
If you cannot pickup your packet on Friday or Saturday before the full or half marathon, please contact the Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series staff at fitness@basspro.com

What are the age limits for all the events?
Age limits are based on medical recommendations from our Medical Director and his team. If you believe that your underage child can participate in a particular distance, please contact the fitness@basspro.com.

Rock4Kids Running Series (Paint the Run, Polar Bear Run, & Zombie Run): Your child has to be at least two to participate. You are welcome to participate with your children but you must to do so.

Run the Rock: 16 years old.

Tour De Bass: 100 mile 18, 62 and 48 mile 16. Research says that riding 100 miles has the same effect on your body as running 50 miles.

Conservation Marathon 18, Cohick Half Marathon 16 and 5K (portion of the relay) 10.

Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs: 50K, 15K/25K and 15K/50K 18. 15K and 25K 16.

What are the start times for each event?
Start times vary between each event. Please check event page for more information.

What do I need to know about the Marathon Relay?
There are 3 different team categories in which you can participate: Friends and Family, Business/Corporate and Battle of the Badges. The first two categories have a coed, men’s and women’s division. The Battle of the Badges is for our Law enforcement, medical personnel, fire fighters, etc. Please note: If you do not follow the guidelines of your division (all male, all female or if you don’t have 5 people) you are eligible to participate but may not be able to qualify for any awards. If you have any questions please contact fitness@basspro.com

For more information, please refer back to the Conservation Marathon Relay page.

Do military or first responders receive discounts?
We do offer discounts to veterans or current military members and first responders. We will ask you to provide a valid ID to verify your position. Please email fitness@basspro.com for more information. We thank you for your service.

Can I switch my distance during the race?
If you did not train properly or you think there is a chance that you will not be able to complete the distance for which you registered, you must switch your distance before the start of the race. If you switch distances during the race, you time will be disqualified.

Are their onsite showers?
Dogwood Canyon Nature Park has onsite showers and usage is limited. If in need of a shower after the event, please ask race staff at packet pickup.

Is there a live tracking App?
Live Tracking is offered through our app for Marathon Weekend. Please visit the home page for more information about the app. When downloaded, you can also receive live results for Run the Rock, Marathon Weekend and Dogwood Canyon.

How do I access my race registration insurance that I purchased when I registered?
If you purchased event insurance through ImAthlete when registering, please note that they use a third party called Allianz. You received a separate email with specific instructions and contact information. Allianz can be reached at 1-888-497-6987 or you can find their FAQ here: https://www.eventregistrationprotection.com/allianzregistration/faq