Bass Pro Conservation Marathon

Date: Sunday, November 1
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

A Boston qualifier, the Bass Pro Fitness Series Conservation Marathon is an excellent race for both first-time competitors and seasoned athletes looking for an event with a great course and first class amenities. Local, regional, national and international runners and walkers will participate in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. 

Routes wind participants through many beautiful neighborhoods, several flat paved trails, part of historic Route 66, around Missouri State University and through downtown Springfield. The course is mostly flat with a few rolling hills.  The event starts in front of the Granddaddy of all sporting goods stores, Bass Pro Shops, and ends in front of our new Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, connected to the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center.

People run or walk marathons for many reasons including honoring someone special in their lives, meeting personal goals or striving for personal health and fitness. A marathon is a personal challenge like no other and whether this is your first or your 50th marathon, we want this experience to inspire you just like your efforts inspire others.

Remember, this event could be part of your Run Across Missouri or Run Across Springfield Challenge!  As you register, select that option to ensure you are registered in one or both of these challenges/series.

Loehr Back2Back Challenge

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

Bass Pro Conservation Marathon Price Increases

Below are the race registration price increases. Please note that online registration closes on October 30 at 11:59PM


February 18
February 19 - April 15
April 16 - May 31
June 1 - July 31
August 1 - September 30
October 1 - 28
Packet Pickup Onsite Registration Available 


$60, $65

Packet Pickup

Friday, October 30; 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday, October 31; 10 AM - 5 PM
The Packet Pick-Up location is at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center,  600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

Packet pick up takes places during our 2020 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. Fleet Feet, Wonders of Wildlife, Bondi Band and Essential Oil of Springfield have been past vendors with us. Additionally,  stop and register for some great prizes from Bass Pro Shops, our sponsors and our vendors.  For a full list of vendors, visit the Health & Wellness Expo Page.


Each participant will receive a race shirt with the purchase of a registration. Every attempt will be made to accommodate your request, but sizes cannot be guaranteed. Those who register early will have the greatest success in getting the size they request and late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed until Sunday after the events are complete. Finishers will receive a Conservation Marathon medal to commemorate their achievement.

Award Information

Cash prizes are all given to the top three male/female finishers as well as the top master's male and female finishers. The prizes are as follows:

  • First Place: $1000
  • Second Place: $500
  • Third Place: $250 
  • First Place Masters: $250

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 eligible 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.  
Map Route & Elevation Chart

We changed a little bit of our Marahton Course for 2020! Our new map will be uploaded soon, but for now check out our revised map. Click on the image to the right. 

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles on the full marathon course. 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

Our FedEx Pacing Team will help you arrive on time to your finish line! Pacing teams will be available for both the marathon and the half marathon. We work with the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners as our pacing partner and our FedEx is our Pace Sponsor.  















Bag Check

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.

Start Line

We will kick off the Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay and 5K at the Granddaddy Entrance of the Bass Pro Store located at 1935 S. Campbell Ave. All participants must be at the start line 30 minutes before start time. 

Finish Line

All races finish in front of the Wonders of Wildlife and the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center on Sunshine St. directly behind the Bass Pro Shops Store. 


Please see this map for parking options. Arrive early for best parking. Check with your hotel to see if they offer a shuttle service on race day. 

Medical & Emergency Support Services

Mercy Health System is the medical provider for all of our Fitness Series events. Our Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series 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 route re-opens to traffic on 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 course 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.  Every participant 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 fish painted on your course.