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
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 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 Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, connected to the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center. The Cohick Half Marathon and Conservation marathon courses are aligned for approximately 10 miles; half marathoners will split to the right and full marathon runners will go straight and then turn left.
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.
Bass Pro Conservation Marathon Price Increases
Below are the race registration price increases. Please note that online registration closes on November 4 at 5:00 PM.
March 9 - May 31
June 1 - July 31
August 1 - September 30
October 1 - November 2
November 3 - 4 (Onsite registration)
Friday, November 3: 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday, November 4: 10 AM - 6 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 bring your family and friends and take some time to visit the expo. For a full list of vendors, visit the Marathon Weekend 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. Medal engraving will be available for purchase after the race on Sunday.
Arrive early for best parking. There will be spaces on the Bass Pro store property as well as all around the area. Remember, the start is in front of the Bass Pro store. Participants will line up in front of and around the south end of Bass Pro Shops.
Map Route & Elevation Chart
Check out all of our routes. Click on the map to make it bigger or to print it out! Please note that our courses are marked with FISH, we are Bass Pro Shops, arrows don't cut it! Participants will note white fish painted on the streets on all of Marathon Weekend routes. Turns are noted with turning fish. Please watch for the fish as you complete your route.
Race day bag check will be available for all races. Participants must use clear bags (we will have some extra available) 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 Highlander at the finish line. All bags will be checked by our city bomb squad.
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. The Marathon, Relay and Half will start at 7:00 AM while the 5K starts at 7:15 AM.
All races finish in front of the Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium and the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center on Sunshine Street, directly behind the Bass Pro Shops Store.
We have water and PowerAde at all aid stations. Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles on the half and full marathon. Porta-Potties will be located near the aid stations. See below what is offered at each aid station. Note that these items are subject to change.
- Mile 2: Kings & Portland - Half and Full - Water, Powerade
- Mile 4: South & Grand - Half and Full - Water, Powerade
- Mile 5: Mother's Brewing Company
- Mile 6: Jefferson - Half and Full - Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears
- Mile 8: Linwood Dr. - Half and Full - Water, Powerade, GU
- Mile 10: Jefferson- Half and Full - Water, Powerade, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans, PIckle Juice
- Mile 12: Edgewood- Full - Water, Powerade
- Mile 14: Alpine - Full - Water, Powerade
- Mile 16: Glenwood - Water, Powerade, GU
- Mile 18: Seminole & Glenstone - Water, Powerade
- Mile 20: Delaware - Water, Powerade, GU, Pickle Juice
- Mile 21: Portland - Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears
- Mile 22: Portland - Water, Powerade, Pickle Juice
- Mile 23: Jefferson - Water, Powerade, Espresso Beans
- Mile 24: Sunset & Grant - Water, Powerade, Gummy Bears
- Mile 25: Ferguson & Seminole - 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. Pacing times for the half marathon are 1:45, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00. Pacing times for the full marathon are below. These times may change as we get closer to the event. Please stop by the Ozark Mountain Ridge Runner booth at the expo for final times and to pick up your pace wrist ticket.
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. Special thanks go to Mercy Health Tracks for their support of 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. All particiants still on the course at that time should move to the sidewalk in busy areas and be alert as police offers will move off of the course and volunteers will leave aid stations. However, aid stations will remain set up for self-serve and the Fitness Series Team will wait for everyone 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.
Cash prizes are 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