Dogwood Canyon 50K/25Ky to run Saturday in Missouri

Friday, October 24, 2008

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Dogwood Canyon 50K/25K Trail Run, sponsored by North Face, is set for Sunday, Oct. 26, at the Dogwood Canyon Nature Park near Lampe, Mo.

The 8,000 acre nature paradise offers a fantastic variety of trails that competitors will be running. Some will begin in Missouri, flow into Arkansas and end up back in Missouri.

This is a true trail race with rocks, hills, mud, water crossings and more to conquer. The race goes on rain or shine so participants should wear appropriate footwear and clothing.

The top male and female in the 50K receive $1,000 and a North Face gear package. Top male and female in the 25K win $500. All finishers will receive a North Face Fleece long sleeved shirt.

Participants can camp on site Saturday night at Dogwood Canyon. Camping opportunities are tent sites for $10 or a larger RV site for $15 (no hookups available - Saturday night only).

Then we'll have a Trail Run Party Saturday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. with a pasta dinner, campfire and Clay Self, the singing cowboy, to entertain.

Advance reservation of camping and the Trail Run Party are required. See web site for info.

A post race party will be held on Sunday at the Celebration Café log cabin pavilion after the run with an open fire in the massive outdoor fireplace and lots of fun going on. Lunch will be provided for all trail run participants.

Families and friends are welcome to join us with lunch available to them at $10, age 13 and up, $5 age 5-12.

Races are limited to 400 entrants, so register early. Must be 18 years old or older for the 50K and 16 years old or older for the 25K.

You may register online or at one of the following:

Noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24, at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Springfield;

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World Springfield;

2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Dogwood Canyon.

The Dogwood Canyon Trail run is a part of the 2008 Bass Pro Shops Fitness Festival. For more information or to register for any of the events, go to www.basspro.com/fitness.

Contacts: Martin MacDonald, Bass Pro Shops office (417) 873-5023; cell (417) 848-2095;

Larry Whiteley, Bass Pro Shops office (417) 873-5022; cell (417) 689-1118;

Carol Hodson, Bass Pro Shops office (417) 873-5025.

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