Runners in The Bass Pro Fitness Series Conservation Marathon, and half marathon, begin the race just after 7:00 am Sunday morning. Photo by Jym Wilson

Thousands of runners weaved through central Springfield on Sunday for the 16th annual Bass Pro Marathon and races.

The runners kicked it off at the flagship Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World and ended at the White River Conference Center.

Rolla native Kimi Reed won women’s first place in the marathon, and it was not her first time winning first in the Bass Pro event.

Women’s marathon winner Kimi Reed finishes strong. Photo by Jym Wilson

Sean Stewart, of Longmont, Colorado, won men’s first place in the marathon. The Bass Pro race was the second marathon Stewart has run.

Men’s first-place marathon winner Sean Stewart poses at the finish line. Photo by Jym Wilson

The races are part of a series of not-for-profit events sponsored by the Bass Pro Shops, with a mission to “celebrate health and wellness, outdoor adventures and wildlife conservation in the beauty of the Ozarks,” according to the event website.

Photojournalist Jym Wilson captured the event in the below series.

Photos: Bass Pro Marathon Weekend

Runners in The Bass Pro Fitness Series Conservation Marathon, and half marathon, begin the race just after 7:00 am Sunday morning. Photo by Jym Wilson
A marathoner is warmed by the sun about an hour after the race began. Photo by Jym Wilson
Laura McCune cheers on runners as they parade past her in the University Heights neighborhood. Photo by Jym Wilson
Katie Pohlmann leads a small group of half-marathon competitors near Phelps Grove Park. Photo by Jym Wilson
A runner crosses one of the stone bridges near the Springfield Art Museum. Photo by Jym Wilson
Volunteers distribute water and energy drinks to runners at a support station. Photo by Jym Wilson
Kelly Hobbs, left, leads her dog toward the finish line. Photo by Jym Wilson
Photo by Jym Wilson
Jan Ward makes a colorful finish in her half-marathon run. Photo by Jym Wilson
A relay team is joined by a couple of young supporters as they make a group finish. Photo by Jym Wilson

Photojournalist Jym Wilson contributed to this report.

Brittany Meiling

Brittany Meiling is managing editor at the Springfield Daily Citizen. She is a career journalist, most recently working as a newsroom analyst for the Los Angeles Times and a reporter for the San Diego Union-Tribune. Springfield-born, Meiling grew up in Republic and graduated from Missouri State University with a degree in journalism. More by Brittany Meiling