Conservation Marathon

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

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. Runners and walkers from Missouri and the all around the world will participate in the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon. 

Routes wind participants through many beautiful neighborhoods, several flat 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 20th marathon, we want this experience to inspire you just like your efforts inspire others.

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 Price Increases

Below are the race registration price increases. Please note that online registration closes on October 31 at 11:59PM

Dates

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 

Prices

$60, $65
$70
$75
$80
$90
$100
$110

Packet Pickup

Friday, November 2nd; 2 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, November 3rd; 10 AM - 5 PM
The Packet Pick-Up location is at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservatin Center,  600 W. Sunshine, Springfield, MO 65807

Packet pick-up takes place during our 2018 Marathon Weekend Expo! There will be approximately 50 vendors with us for the weekend; 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 both Bass Pro Shops and our vendors.  For a full list of 2018 vendors, visit the Health & Wellness Expo Page. 

Amenities

Each participant will receive an event 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 getting the size they request and late registrants are not guaranteed a shirt. NO EXCHANGES of shirts will be allowed until after the events on Sunday, November 4.

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

Click on the image to the right 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 course. 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 Belly Sport Beans
  • Mile 12: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 14: Water, Powerade
  • Mile 16: Water, Powerade, Trail Mix, Jelly Belly Sport Beans
  • 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, Chocolate Covered Espresso Beans
  • 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
Bag Check

Race day gear check will be available.  Participants must use clear bags- bags must allow visibility into the contents of the bag. Place your clothes in your pack, attach your gear check number drop it with our gear check volunteers located at the start of the race, just outside the Tracker doors on the front of the Bass Pro Shops store.  You will see a Toyota vehicle in this location; bags will be transported via our sponsor, Toyota Gear check pickup 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. 

Parking

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 your have a copy of the route on your phone and continue to follow fish painted on your course.

Pacing

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.  

Gold Sponsors

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

Silver Sponsors

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

Bronze Sponsors

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