October 14, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Free Events Kick Off Outdoor Fitness Festival

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will participate in the 3rd Annual Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Fitness Festival with a number of free outdoor recreational activities, hands-on clinics, and demonstration booths, beginning this weekend with “Greater Outdoor Days” at Lake Springfield Park, 2312 Lake Springfield Park Road.

The Park Board’s Outdoor Initiatives section and Wonders of Wildlife will partner on the opening weekend as part of the three-week festival running Oct. 16 – Nov. 1. For a full listing of all activities during the three weeks, visit www.basspro.com/fitness. Advance registration is required for some of the activities.

Greater Outdoor Days runs 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 17 & Noon – 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 18 at Lake Springfield Park, with some of the following free activities running continuously throughout the days:

Other activities include:

Kids 12 years of age and younger can fill their “passport” by visiting stations to receive a prize at the end of their visit.

The Outdoor Fitness Festival is America’s most comprehensive outdoor fitness festival of its kind, and includes competitive and fun running/walking events, trail runs, canoe/kayak races, fitness and health fair, a corporate wellness conference, youth and kid’s activities, outdoor education classes, and celebrity appearances.

For more information, training schedules, or to register for any of the events, visit www.basspro.com/fitness.

For more information, media contact: Anne-Mary McGrath, Parks Special Events Administrator, 417-864-1338; or Martin MacDonald, Event Co-Chair, 417-873-5023.