Conservation Marathon Relay

Date: Sunday, November 4
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Starting Line: Bass Pro Shops Store, 1935 S. Campbell Avenue, Springfield, MO 65807 (Grand Entrance)
Finish Line: John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center , 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

The Conservation Marathon Relay appeals to families, friends, co-workers and organizations looking to build relationships and teamwork. The Conservation Marathon Relay categories include: Men's Business, Women's Business, Coed Business, Family & Friends Men, Family & Friends Women, Family & Friends Coed, and the Battle of the Badges (law enforcement, medical personnel, fire fighters).

Marathon relay teams are made up of five members, each running or walking one leg of the marathon. The first and third leg participants will each run a 10K (6.2 miles), while the second and forth legs will each run a 5K (3.1 miles); the last leg will complete a 12K (7.5 miles) in order to complete a full 26.2 marathon (10K, 5K, 10K, 5K, 12K).

Back2Back Challenge

Remeber if you complete one Marathon Weekend event and one Dogwood Canyon trail event, you will have completed the Back2Back Challange and receive a Back2Back Challenge amenity. Click here for more details.

Conservation Marathon Relay Price Increases

February 7 - 8
February 9 - March 31
April 1 - May 31
June 1 - July 31
August 1 - September 30
October 1 - October 31
November 2 - 3 Onsite Registration Available 



Packet Pickup

Friday, November 2nd; 2 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, November 3rd; 10 AM - 5 PM
Packet pick-up is located at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center,  600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

Packet pick-up takes places during our 2018 Marathon Weekend Expo! There will be approximately 50 vendors with us for the weekend, so plan to take a few minutes to walk through and get some good information, explore the fitness gear offerings and sample a few treats offered by vendors. . New Balance, SofSole Fit, Bondi Band and Hy-Vee have been past vendors with us. Sign up for great prize packages from Bass Pro Shops and our vendors.  For a full list of 2018 vendors, visit the Health & Wellness Expo Page.

Conservation Marathon Relay Categories

BUSINESS CATEGORY - All runners must work for the business and have been employed there for a minimum of 2 months. Businesses can enter as many teams as they would like.

  • Business - Men
  • Business - Women
  • Business - Coed

FAMILY & FRIENDS CATEGORY - All team members must be 12 or older.

  • Family & Friends - Men
  • Family & Friends - Women
  • Family & Friends - Coed

BATTLE OF THE BADGES CATEGORY - This category is open to police officers, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. There will be an overall winner but no division winners.


Each participant will receive a long-sleeve race shirt. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request, but sizes cannot be guaranteed. Those who register early will have the greatest success in receiving the size requested; late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed until after the event concludes on Sunday.

Award Information

The fastest team in each category will receive additional awards. 

Map Route & Elevation Chart

Click here to check out our 2018 Route Map and Elevation Chart! 

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles on the full marathon with a couple joint aid stations with the half marathon. Porta-Potties will be located near the aid stations. See below what is offered at each aid station:

  • Mile 2: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 4: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 6: Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears
  • Mile 8: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 10: Water, Powerade, Jelly Sport Beans
  • Mile 12: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 14: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 16: Water, Powerade, Trail Mix
  • Mile 18: Water, Powerade, Pickles and Pickle Juice
  • Mile 19.1: Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans
  • Mile 20: Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, Peanut M&M's 
  • Mile 21.25: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 22: Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, Pickles, Peanut Butter Pretzels
  • Mile 23.1: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 24: Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears, Jelly Belly Sport Beans
  • Mile 25: Water, Powerade
Gear Check

Race day bag check will be available for all races. Participants must use clear bags and mucst allow visibility inot the contents of the bag. Place your warm-up clothes in your pack, attach your gear check number and drop your bag with our volunteers locate at the start of the race, just outside the Tracker doors on the front of Bass Pro Shops. You will see a Toyota vehicle in this location; bags will be transported via our sponsor, Toyota.  Gear pick up is loacted next to the FedEx truck at the finish line.  All bags will be checked by our city bomb squad.  

Relay Exchange Points

Relay Exchange Point 1: Near Glendale Baptist Church, 2236 South Ingram Mill Road. Please park in the Bridges for Youth Center, near the church or to the north of Sourthern Hills Street; arrive by 7:15AM. 

Relay Exchange Point 2: At the intersection of Meadowview and Linwood. Please park in the Ruby's or Liberty Bank parking lots off Sunshine and Meadowview; arrive by 7:30AM.

Relay Exchange Point 3: At the intersection of Pickwick and Meadowmere. You can park between Fremont and National. Please DO NOT park east of Fremont as this will interfere with runners; arrive by 7:45AM

Relay Exchange Point 4: At the intersection of Campbell and College downtown. Park in the Hollywood Theater parking garage; arrive by 8:00AM. 

Medals will be provided to you at your exchange point!  Cross your mat and volunteers will put your medal around your neck.

To cross the finish line with your team: Relay members who have completed their legs of the race and wish to finish the relay with their team members should return to Bass Pro Shops. Park in the Cherokee Street parking lot near Hemingway's entrance. Walk behind the Bass Pro Shops store and behind the old K-Mart bulding and wait for your teammate on the corner of Grant Avenue. 

Start Line

The first leg of the relay starts with all the half and full runners at 7 AM in front of the Bass Pro Shops store on Sunshine Street.  Runners will line up by expected pace.  The start line is in the main drive aisle of Bass Pro Shops and runners will line up the length of the aisle and to the south.

Finish Line

All races finish in front of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium and the John A. and Genny Morris Conseration Center on Sunshine Street, directly behind Bass Pro Shops.

Medical & Emergency Support Services

Mercy Health System is the medical provider for all of our Fitness Series events.  Our 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.

Time Limit Rules

The marathon route is not completely closed but intersections are controlled by police officers. The course 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 close the finish line.  Walkers should obey all street rules and traffic signals as they complete their event.  Please move to the sidewalk if you are on the course after 1:30 PM. Every participant and walker will receive finish line amenities; Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series staff and volunteers will be on hand to greet every finisher.

We encourage all walkers to follow safety standards while on the course. We are glad that you are walking with us and want your experience to be exceptional. Please make sure that you have a copy of the route on your phone and continue to follow the fish painted on your course.

Gold Sponsors

Heart of America Beverage Co.
Toyota National
Springfield News-Leader
Southwest Audio Visual
Ollis/ Akers/Arney

Silver Sponsors

Floyd Financial Group
Loehr Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Mercy Sports Medicine
Mercy Hospitals and Clinics
The North Face

Bronze Sponsors

Einstein's Bros. Bagels
Hiland Dairy
Mothers Brewing Co. 
Ozarks Coca Cola