Why We Strut
Event is held in honor of Bee Payne-Stewart, a vibrant & passionate community leader, who was a champion for women in leadership and sports. Bee was a founding member of the local League of Women Voters and the first female chairman of the Springfield Park Board. She was instrumental in the formation of the Family Violence Center (now known as Harmony House) and was a regular fixture at numerous athletic events in the community. Since her death in 2005, her spirit lives on through this event.
Strut proceeds benefit youth athletic scholarship at the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Women’s Intersports Network, as well as women’s athletic programs at Drury, Evangel and Missouri State Universities.This is more than your average 5K!! The Bee Payne-Stewart Strut & 5K is a family fitness event that welcomes family members of all ages. The 5K run, will be a timed event, while the 1.5 mile ’strut’ (walk) is not timed.
Bring the entire family and show us your STRUT!
Join us for pre-race events, including a silent auction. After the race, interact with local collegiate coaches and student-athletes and enjoy refreshments.Once again, The Strut is partnering with Harmony House to collect donations for women and children in need. Harmony House provides shelter, advocacy and education to women and children who are victims of domestic violence and promotes the principle that all individuals have the right to a life free from abuse.
Donate Items to Harmony House
We encourage each participant to donate one or more items. A list of items is available at BPSstrut.com.
5K & Strut Details
The 5K Run will be timed and begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. This is not closed course. The Strut (walk) will begin immediately following the start of the last runner and is a 1.5 mile walk thru downtown Springfield.Check-in for both events will begin at 7:00 a.m.There will NO race day registration.
Prizes will be awarded for the 5K event in the following categories: overall male and female; masters, male and female; age division winners male and female.
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