Run the Rock

Our Runner Rock!

THANK YOU for RUNNING THE ROCK!   It was a beautiful day and we had a great crowd!  We are already looking forward to 2019; registration will open in early February.

Date: Saturday, September 15
Start Time: 7:00 AM
Location: Top of the Rock, 150 Top of the Rock Rd, Ridgedale, MO 65739
Course Time Limit: The course will be open until 8:30 AM

Can you rock The Rock? Come join us for this 6 mile run at Top of the Rock in Ridgedale, MO where you will challenge your endurance and mental grit while experiencing exhilarating, scenic views you won't find anywhere else. This course is one of the most challenging, rewarding runs you will ever complete. You'll never see Top of the Rock the same way again. This course is for experienced runners and is not designed to be someone’s first 6 mile run. Be prepared to run over several different surfaces including but not limited to gravel, road, trail, wet rock, metal bridge(s), water and dirt. While this course is hilly and challenging, participants will experience waterfalls, a cave, scenic overlooks and absolutely beautiful surroundings. Spectators will have limited viewing options along the course. The best spots to cheer for your runners will be at the start and finish lines.

  • Participants must be 16 years old on or before race day.  
  • Online registration will close on Wednesday, September 12 at 11:59PM. 
  • Registration will be capped at 500 participants.
  • All Run the Rock Finishers will receive a finisher's medal.
Run the Rock Price Increases

February 7 - March 31
April 1 - July 31
August 1 - September 12



Packet Pickup

Thursday, September 13 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:30 PM to 6:00 PM at the Grand Entrance of Bass Pro Shops (1935 S. Campbell Ave, Springfield, MO 65807) 
Saturday, September 15 from 5:45 AM to 6:30 AM at Top of the Rock (150 Top of the Rock Road, Ridgedale, MO  65739).

Personal packet pick-up with picture identification will be required. The only exception is spouses may pick-up packets for one another with appropriate identification. For more information about our packet pick-up policy, please visit the FAQ page.

Run the Rock Lodging

Big Cedar Lodge, located in Ridgedale, Missouri, is located next door to Top of the Rock. Big Cedar Lodge offers 246 spacious and well-appointed accommodations in its collection of lodges, cozy cottages and private log cabins. All are outfitted with plush, cabin-style décor and offer all the privacy needed for a quiet and relaxing vacation retreat. Please visit for more information or reservations.


Each participant will receive a long-sleeve 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.

Award Information

Top 3 male and female 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 eligilble for awards. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Map Route

Click on the image to the right to view our course map, parking details, aid station locations and more. 

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles.  Porta-Potties will be located near the start/finish line. Water and Powerade are offered at each aid station.

Start & Finish LIne

The start line is located right next to the Top of the Rock Golf Course and Arnies Lodge. The finish line is located inbetween the Top of the Rock Golf Course and the Lost Canyon Cave and Nature Trail. We will have volunteers directing people to parking and to the start line. Please arrive 45 minutes early to give yourself enough time to park and walk up to the start line. We advise people to car pool becuase we have limited parking spaces available. 

Medical & Emergency Support Services

Mercy Health System is the medical provider for all Bass Pro Shops 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

This course is for experienced runners and is not designed to be someone's first 6 mile run. With that being said, the course has a time limit of 1.5 hours. Everyone has to be off the course by 8:30AM or will be sagged in. Every runner and walker will receive finish line amenities and Bass Pro Shops Fitness Series staff and volunteers will be on hand to greet every finisher that completes the event.

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