Springfield marathon saw about half the normal number of runners

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For the VanAntwerps, bundling up in masks and running gear is just part of a family activity.

Mother Brandi VanAntwerp said she and her husband, Rick, have run either the full or half marathon or relay as part of Bass Pro’s Fitness Series since 2012.

On Sunday, their sons, ages 11 and 6, were with them, so the family opted to run the 5K.

“We wanted to do something together as a family,” Brandi VanAntwerp said. “We like to stay active and this is a great opportunity.”

Approximately 1,800 people took part in the 14th annual Bass Pro Fitness Series Nov. 1, 2020, that started by the storefront along Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

“I think this event is amazing for our community,” she said. “It does bring a lot of people out that we may normally not see who maybe aren’t as active, and it encourages them to get active.”

The fitness series looked quite a bit different from previous years. The annual Bass Pro Conservation marathon, Maynard Cohick half marathon, Conservation Marathon Relay, News-Leader 5K race and Run Across Springfield charity event was Sunday, Nov. 1. Unlike in 2019 where approximately 3,200 participated, this year saw about 1,800, according to organizers.

Approximately 1,800 people took part in the 14th annual Bass Pro Fitness Series Nov. 1, 2020, that started by the storefront along Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

The lower numbers were due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading up to the fitness series meant looking at not only the safety of runners on an average racing day, but also making sure precautions were taken, said Jason Jackson, chief security officer for Bass Pro.

The process of preparation meant communication and education for runners, vendors, suppliers, staff, volunteers and others, he said. Jackson said organizers partnered with public officials from the city of Springfield and Springfield-Greene County Health Department to plan the weekend events.

A member of the crowd holds an encouraging sign for the participants of the 14th annual Bass Pro Fitness Series Nov. 1, 2020.

The number of people allowed to participate was less than half of 2019’s numbers, Jackson said.

“We wanted it to be at least 50 percent,” he said.

Ahead of Sunday’s marathon and other activities, participants had to go through a health screening while picking up their race packets. A new corralling system was also used to try to space out participants.

“Instead of that giant cluster that we tend to get at a marathon, you see lanes that are created and spacing that is created just to make sure we’re maintaining social distancing as much as we can,” Jackson said.

Approximately 1,800 people took part in the 14th annual Bass Pro Fitness Series Nov. 1, 2020, that started by the storefront along Campbell Avenue in Springfield.

Participants were required to wear face coverings as well. They could remove them once they started running.

“We saw people launching with masks on,” Jackson said.

Per Bass Pro, the participants included 57 percent women and 43 percent men varying from ages 7-89. 

Results

  • Addison Albin, 33, placed first with a run time of 2:28:58.94 in the Bass Pro Marathon.
  • Antonio Cardona, 23, placed first with a run time of 1:07:56.93 in the Cochick Half Marathon.
  • Brad Lyons, 33, placed first with a run time of 16:38.72 in the News-Leader 5k.
  • Team Destiny’s Angels place first in the relay with a finish time of 3:36:37.

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