News-Leader 5K

Date: Sunday, November 4
Start Time: 7:15 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 Fitness Series 5K (3.1 miles) is great for both runners and walkers who want to have fun while achieving their fitness goals. This is the perfect race to do with family members and friends!

All participants receive an event shirt, passed out during our two day Expo, which will take place at the John A. and Genny Morris Conservation Center.

The 5K shares the last 3.1 miles of the Bass Pro Conservation Marathon and the Cohick Half Marathon route. Participants in the News-Leader 5K will complete their race before most of the half marathoners enter this part of the course. The route takes participants through the neighborhoods behind the Bass Pro Shops store.  There will be one aid station along the way, with water and Powerade for participants.

A great finish line waits for all 5K finishers, along with a medal to celebrate your accomplishment!

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.

News-Leader 5K 13 & Up Price Increases

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


February 7 - July 31
August 1 - September 30
October 1 - October 31
November 2 - 3 Onsite Registration Available 



News-Leader 5K 12 & Under Price Increases

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

February 7 - October 31
November 2 - 3 Onsite Registration Available


Packet Pickup

Friday, November 2nd; 2 PM - 7 PM
Saturday, November 3rd; 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 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. New Balance, SofSole Fit, Bondi Band and Hy-Vee have been past vendors with us. Plan to spend a few minutes walking through the expo and learning from the vendors.  Additionally,  stop and register for some great prizes from Bass Pro Shops, our sponsors and our vendors.  For a full list of 2018 vendors, visit the Health & Wellness Expo Page.


Each participant will receive a 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 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.

Award Information

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

First Place: $300
Second Place: $150
Third Place: $75
First Place Masters: $75

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.

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

Aid Stations

The 5K will host one aid station at approximately mile two. Porta-Potties will be located near this aid station. 

  • Mile 1.8 Miles: Water, Powerade
Gear Check

Race day gear check will be available for all races. Participants must use clear bags- bags must allow visibility into the contents of the bag. Place your warm-up clothes in your pack, attach your gear check number and drop it with our gear check volunteers located 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 locaiton; 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

The Bass Pro News-Leader 5K starts at 7:15 AM, under the exit canopy of the Bass Pro Shops store on Sunshine and Campbell.  The marathon, half and relay start at 7 AM; 5K runners should line up directly behind this group.  All participants should be at their start by 6:45 AM.

Finish Line

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.

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

All events use the 5K route as they make their way to the finish line.  As a result, 5K participants have until 1:30 PM to complete their distance.

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