Missouri State Parks Racing Series

The 2015 Missouri State Parks Racing Series will be held at eight state parks around Missouri. From fun walks to paddling races and aggressive treks through winding trails, there is sure to be something for all ages and skill levels. These unique races will showcase Missouri’s award winning trails system. We hope you will join us as we run, walk and paddle through Missouri State Parks! Prizes will be awarded.

Knob Noster State Park Nature 9K

9K Trail Run

May 2
9 a.m.

Knob Noster State Park, Knob Noster

Race Results and Photos

The Knob Noster State Park Nature 9K will offer racers an excellent chance to see a beautiful section of the park in mid-Spring. 9K participants will start at the Clearkfork Shelter and then travel to the Opossum Hollow Trail trailhead. Once there, racers will go along a dirt-surfaced trail through woodlands filled with wildflowers. After following the trail’s main loop, participants will travel back to the shelter to complete the full 9K. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.


Derricotte Dash

8K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk

May 16
9 a.m.

Cuivre River State Park, Troy

Entry Fee:
8K: $25*
1 Mile Fun Walk: $20*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: May 3

Come and join us for the inaugural Derricotte Dash in beautiful Cuivre River State Park! This event offers a challenging 8K on the Lone Spring Trail through the Northwoods Wild Area of the park. There will also be an optional 1-mile “fun walk” and kid friendly activities. Both the trail run and the walk will start in Camp Derricotte with awards and refreshments being provided after each event. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.  


White River Valley Trail Trek

5K/13K Trail Races

June 6
9 a.m.

Table Rock State Park, Branson

Entry Fee:
5K: $25*
13K: $30*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: May 24

Come join us on National Trails Day for the inaugural White River Valley Trail Trek. The 5K will be run on the Red Loop with the 13K utilizing the Red Loop, Connector 2, and the Blue Loop. This challenging race will take you through the rugged terrain of the Ozarks Mountain Region. The 13K will also take you down along Lake Taneycomo, before climbing approximately 330 feet in elevation to the high point along the race course. Both races will start and finish at Trailhead 1. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.  


FInger Lakes Adventure Challenge

Kayak and Trail Run

Sept. 12
9 a.m.

Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia

Entry Fee: $30*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Aug. 30

Join us for the 2nd Annual Finger Lakes Adventure Challenge, where your first challenge will be to kayak the water course in Peabody Lake. You will get into your boat for a 5K paddle on the water trail that winds through the length of the park. Return back to the start and take off on foot for a 5K run on the Kelley Branch Mountain Bike Trail. The trail will lead you through the wetlands of Kelley Branch Creek then along the ridges and pits of the reclaimed strip mine. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.  


Rocktober Run

5K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk

Oct. 4
9 a.m.

Johnson's Shut-Ins State Park, Lesterville

Entry Fee:
5K: $25*
1 Mile Fun Walk: $20*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Sept. 20

We are taking it for “granite” you will be at Johnson’s Shut-Ins Rocktober Run. Join us for the park's second annual 5K and 1 mile Fun Walk. The race will take you from the main day-use parking lot through the park, including Black River Trail.

Whether you are running, walking or enjoying the race as a spectator, be sure to travel the ¼ mile trail to overlook the name sake of the park, the shut-Ins. This is Mother Nature “running” at her best as the East Fork of the Black River winds its way through the rhyolite boulders formed by volcanic eruptions so many millions of years ago. Meeting location will be in the main day use parking lot.  Both races will start and finish right next to this parking lot. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.  


Prairie State Park Stampede

5K Trail Race

Oct. 17
9 a.m.

Prairie State Park, Mindenmines

Entry Fee: $25*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Oct. 4

Race through the beauty of the prairie at the Prairie State Park Stampede! This 5K trail race will take you on Drover’s Trail, where you will run through native prairie grasses and wildflowers in an area that is home to a wild bison herd! The race begins and ends at the Regal Tallgrass Nature Center. (Don’t worry, the bison will be out of the area for the race.) Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers. 


Haulin' Bass

8K/15K Trail Races

Nov. 14
9 a.m.

Stockton State Park, Dadeville

Entry Fee:
8K: $25*
15K: $30*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Nov. 1

Challenge yourself at the 2nd annual Haulin’ Bass Trail Races at Stockton State Park! Races will be run onLakeview Trail, which follows along the shoreline of beautiful Stockton Lake. The 15k will be one complete loop of the trail while the 8K will be one half loop of the trail. Both races will start and finish in the duplex parking lot across from the campground. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.  


Katy Trail Tunnel Trot

5K/12K Trail Races

Dec. 6
1 p.m.

Katy Trail State Park, Rocheport

Entry Fee:
5K: $25*
12K: $30*

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To guarantee a t-shirt, register by: Nov. 22

Whether you’re a Tom, Jake or Hen, get out and move your tail feathers for the second annual Tunnel Trot on Katy Trail State Park.  Participants have the option of running a 5K or 12K race through the 243-foot long tunnel, the only stone and brick tunnel on the Katy Trail. Both races start at the Rocheport Depot. Refreshments will be available after the race, and awards** will be presented to top finishers in each age division, and overall finishers.   


Race Policies

  • * Entry fee includes a custom designed moisture wicking t-shirt for registrations received before the deadlines indicated above.
  • ** Each athlete is eligible for Overall Awards. If any athlete places in the Top 3 Overall, they are no longer eligible for their respective age group awards. AGE GROUPS: 0-14, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • Cancellations: Races are held rain or shine. Missouri State Parks reserves the right to postpone or cancel the race in the event of dangerous weather. In the event of a cancellation, there will be no refunds.
  • Refunds are not available. All proceeds benefit Missouri State Parks.