Springfield News-Leader 5K

Date: Sunday, November 1
Start Time: 7:15 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 News-Leader 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 routes. 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!

If you are planning on completing the Run Across Springfield or Run Across Missouri Series, make sure to choose that option when registering.

Loehr Back2Back Challenge

If you complete one Marathon Weekend event and one Dogwood Canyon Trail Run event, you will have completed the Loehr Back2Back Challenge and will 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 28 at 11:59PM.


February 18
February 19 - May 31
June 1 - September 30
October 1 - 28
Packet Pickup 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 28 at 11:59PM.

February 18 - October 28
October 30 - 31 Onsite Registration Available


Packet Pickup

Friday, October 30; 2 PM - 6 PM
Saturday, October 31; 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 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.

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

Check out our 2020 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 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

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.