Accommodations and Attractions: The race is in the center of the city of Springfield, MO, about one mile east of the city square and 1.5 miles NE of Bass Pro Outdoor World. Springfield has a new Academy sports store. All hotels in Springfield are within a 5-15 minute drive of the race start. The mall, movie theaters, and many restaurants are within a two mile radius of the start. Springfield is the Queen City of the Ozarks, the Birthplace of Route 66, the home of fried cashew chicken and the former home of Brad Pitt (you might catch a glimpse of him and Angelina visiting family around Christmas), John Goodman, and Kathleen Turner! Wild Bill Hickok had a famous gunfight on the square in 1863. The Wilson's Creek National Battlefield (Civil War) is only a few miles SW of the race start. View visitor information for Springfield.