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Run for the Ranch

Quick facts

Distance Marathon

About Run for the Ranch

Run for the Ranch began in 1999 as a fund raiser for the Good Samaritan Boys Ranch, Ozark Mountain Ridge Runners, and other local charities. The event is held annually on the last weekend of the year and is traditionally one of the last chances to Marathon in the United States.

When the organizers of Springfield’s annual Good Samaritan Run for the Ranch Marathon & Half Marathon say the race follows a loop course through the city, they mean an unusually tight loop course, one that runners in the half marathon run four times and those in the full, 26.2-mile marathon run no fewer than eight times before reaching the finish line.



  • 42.195km

Half Marathon

  • 21.097km


Age Limit

To run the marathon or 6 hour endurance you must be 18 or over on race day, half marathon must be 16 or over on race day. No exceptions!

Aid Stations

Aid stations with food, gels and toilets every 1.5 miles.

Award Medals

Awards to first Overall and Masters (40+) males and females in half marathon and marathon. Awards to top three in ten-year age groups in half marathon and marathon. Awards to overall male, female, and coed relay teams. Awards to top 3 male and females in 6 hour endurance event. Custom ranch medals for all finishers.


Ample free university parking can be found immediately SW of National and Grand for both packet pickup and the race.


Water and electrolyte every 1.5 miles.


Missouri State University



This course is a certified 3.275 mi loop so that the marathon is exactly 8 loops and the half marathon is exactly 4 loops. Very clear directional arrows will be posted along the course. All race distances are certified.

Starts and finishes on the campus of Springfield’s historic Missouri State University and includes a few rolling hills, but otherwise is mostly flat.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.