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Springfield, MO

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Springfield is the third largest state in Missouri, and is nicknamed the ‘Queen of the Ozarks’ for its proximity to that mountain area. There are important universities and hospitals in Springfield, which is also known as the ‘Birthplace of Route 66’. The centerpiece of running in Springfield is on its network of 100+ miles of multi-use trails along the city’s numerous creeks. There are numerous parks, but they tend to be small.

If in the downtown area, the best option is east of the CBD, around the campus of Missouri State University and the attractive Rountree neighborhood.  Among our favorite multi-use trails near the center are the Galloway Creek Greenway, South Creek Greenway/Nathanael Greene Park, & Wilson’s Creek Greenway. North of town is the Springfield terminus of the Frisco Highline Trail, which runs for 37 miles north to Bolivar. We also like the Ozarks Greenways Trail along the South Dry Sac River. For a great destination run, head to the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield. Trail runners will love Busiek State Forest.

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Springfield lies at the northern end of a humid subtropical climate, with hot, humid summers and cool winters. Runners should be prepared for the summer heat, with daytime temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s (28-31C) from June-September, with sultry nights. Fall and spring are warm and gorgeous for running. Winters are cool, with daytime temperatures in the mid-40s (6C) and nights that dip into the mid-20s (-4C). The 45 inches (1100m) of rain are spread throughout the year, though in summer mainly in the form of downpours/thunderstorms.


If downtown, try to stay east to enjoy running around the campus of Missouri State University & the Rountree neighborhood.


Fleet Feet is the main game in Springfield for running gear. They also sponsor numerous local events.


Great list of local running groups & group runs from the folks at Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners.


Terrific local race calendar from the folks at Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners (OMRR).