Date: Sunday, November 5
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Starting Line: Bass Pro Shops, 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 Bass Pro Shops Marathon Relay helps families, friends, co-workers and organizations build relationships and teamwork. We offer three divisions: men's, women's and coed teams, under two categories: Corporate and Friends & Family. We also offer a category called the Battle of the Badges, specifically to honor law enforcement, medical personnel, fire fighters, first responders, etc.
Marathon relay teams consist 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). If you have difficulty filling 5 spaces, please let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conservation Marathon Relay Price Increases
March 9 - May 31
June 1 - July 31
August 1 - September 30
October 1 - November 2
November 3-4 (Onsite Registration)
Relay Team Registration Process
Please note: when registering for the relay, you have the option to register as the Team Captain or a Team Member. The Team Captain must register first and pay for the team. Once the Team Captain has completed their registration, they can either register each team member individually (they will need all the information for each team member including DOB, address, phone #, etc.) or each team member can register themselves. Pay attention to which relay team you are registering for and which leg you are running; when registering as a team member, search for your team name as your first step. Each team member must be signed up before October 30th.
Friday, November 3: 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday, November 4: 10 AM - 5 PM
Location: John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center, 600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807
Packet pick up takes places during our 2023 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. For a full list of 2023 vendors, visit the Marathon Weekend 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 but not limited to police officers, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel, etc. There will be an overall winner but no division winners.
If you do not fit into a category, for example, you have 4 people, you have 4 males and 1 female, etc. Please select OTHER category. This will help us ensure the winning groups have the appropriate number of people. If you need to change your category after you have already registered, please contact us at 417-873-5214.
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.
The fastest team in each category will each receive an additional plaque. You can pick these up in the Sportsmen's Lodge after 12 PM on race day.
Please note that when registering for the relay you either have the option to register as the Team Captain or a Team Member. The Team Captain must register first and pay for the team. Once the Team Captain has completed their registration, they can either register each team member individually (they will need all the information for each team member including DOB, address, phone #, etc.) or each Team Member can register themselves. Pay attention to which relay team you are registering for and which leg you are running. Each Team Member must be signed up before October 30th.
Arrive early for best parking. There will be spaces on the Bass Pro store property as well as all around the area.
Map Route & Elevation Chart
Race day bag check will be available for all races. Participants must use clear bags and must allow visibility of the contents in the bag. Place your warm-up clothes in your bag, attach your gear check number and drop your bag with our volunteers located at the start of the race, just outside the Tracker doors in 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 located next to the FedEx truck at the finish line. All bags will be checked by our city bomb squad.
The first leg of the relay starts with all half and full marathon runners at 7 AM in front of the Bass Pro Shops store on Campbell Avenue. 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.
All races finish in front of the Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium and the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center on Sunshine Street, directly behind Bass Pro Shops.
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: Kings & Portland - Water, Powerade
- Mile 4: South & Grand - Water, Powerade
- Mile 6: Jefferson - Water, Powerade, M&M's
- Mile 8: Linwod Dr. - Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans
- Mile 10: Jefferson - Water, Powerade, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, Jelly Belly Sport Bean
- Mile 12: Edgewood - Water, Powerade
- Mile 14: Water, Powerade, Peanut M&M's
- Mile 16: Water, Powerade, Jelly Belly Sport Beans, Gummy Bears
- Mile 18: Water, Powerade, Gu, Stroop Waffles
- Mile 20: Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears
- Mile 21.: Water, Powerade
- Mile 22: Water, Powerade
- Mile 23: Water, Powerade
- Mile 24: Water, Powerade, Pickles and Pickle Juice
- Mile 25: Water, Powerade
Relay Exchange Points
Relay Exchange Point 1: On Jefferson, south of Madison St and just north of Jarrett Middle School, 840 S Jefferson Ave, Springfield, MO 65806. Please park at the school; arrive by 7:15AM.
Relay Exchange Point 2: At mid-fence line just north of Lindberg and south of McGee, across from 2066 South Jefferson. Please park on E. McGee St or E Lindberg St.; arrive by 7:30AM.
Relay Exchange Point 3: Southern Hills area; take Southern Hills off of Ingram Mill, turn left on Catalina. You can park on E Wayland St. or E. Berkley St; arrive by 7:45AM
Relay Exchange Point 4: Across from the Mercy Therapy Building at the 35 MPH sign. Park in the Mercy parking lot; 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 and park in the Cherokee Street parking lot near Hemingway's entrance. Walk behind the Bass Pro Shops store and behind the old K-Mart building and wait for your teammate on the corner of Grant Avenue.
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.