The Bass Pro Marathon, Cohick Half Marathon and News-Leader 5K races will be happening on the streets of Springfield early Sunday morning.
The marathon route is not completely closed, but intersections are controlled by police officers.
The route will reopen to traffic on a rolling schedule according to a 6.5-hour marathon pace or beginning 15 minutes after the official race start around 7 a.m.
The marathon course will officially close at 1:30 p.m., but the finish line will still be open on the north side of Wonders of Wildlife until every runner and walker completes their race.
Added safety measures
By partnering with public officials and working in consultation with the city of Springfield and Greene County Health Department, race organizers are working to ensure a safe event for everyone with several modifications to this year’s events:
- Limiting participation by approximately half normal levels: Registration has been significantly reduced to safely accommodate participants and allow for more physical distancing.
- Socially distancing the starting line: Participants will begin the race on a specific starting marker located six feet apart from others. Runners will start in waves, with all participants assigned to a specific staging corral group designed to allow for physical distancing prior to approaching the starting line. Officials will ensure parties are properly distanced at all times before the race. All events will start earlier to allow runners to start in waves.
- Requiring face coverings when not actively running: Face coverings are required for all participants and spectators at all race day events and the Fitness Expo. Runners can remove their face covering after clearing the starting line. Once runners cross the finish line, face coverings must be put back on.
- Limiting finish line activity: All food offerings and giveaway items will be pre-packaged. No award ceremony will take place, though prizes will still be awarded to the top finishers.
- Screening temperatures at registration: All participants and guests will complete a contactless temperature screening before entering the White River Conference Center to pick up their registration materials and participate in the Fitness Expo. If a participant is running a fever (100.4°F or above), they will not be allowed to pick up their materials, which is required to participate. If that participant is still running a fever at 5 p.m. on October 31, they will not be able to participate and instead have the option to complete their distance virtually.
- Offering a Virtual Option: All participants have the option to run their races virtually and submit their results online. Runners will receive their registration packets in the mail.
Visit fitness.basspro.com for more details.